Scott's San Francisco Backyard

My Great Outdoors

Name: Scott Mulholland
Location: Lake District, San Francisco, California

My business partner and I own a landscape architecture firm in San Francisco and one of our recent projects was my backyard where our clients were my wife and two children. It was a really fun project for all of us and we feel like the space we designed has a unique modern feel that's also a playground for my sons and their friends to explore and play in.

Our plan was to have a fun backyard for our three-year-old toddler and nine-month-old to grow into, but also an adult lounge where we could entertain and relax. We didn't want to construct typical play structures that we feared would eventually be ignored once the novelty wore off. 

The use of no-mow grass and angular beams contrasted against a flat lawn panel add an interesting element for the children to run over, around, hide behind and play on. Use of permeable crushed gravel and recycled brick paving, linear redwood benches with toy storage, a new fence and a mix of different drought tolerant planting help to tie the space together and give it a crisp modern feel.

Thanks, Scott Mulholland!

(Images: submitted by Scott Mulholland)

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