When David and Amy approached us about an update to the entry of their ranch-style home, one thing was clear – they wanted to create a space that was both comfortable and modern. The resulting design builds upon large rectangular concrete pads – an aesthetic that Amy really liked. The pads step down gradually to make up the walkway, which anchors the overall design of the front entry – a series of interwoven rectangular spaces defined by concrete, crushed stone, and wood.
The ipe (Brazilian hardwood) deck spans across the existing concrete front porch, and widens the porch to a full 10 foot depth. An extension of the deck highlights the front door approach and brings the floor elevation of the house out into the front yard, inviting freedom of movement between the interior and exterior spaces. A series of wooden bench forms echo the lines of the deck and further define the front yard living space. Similarly, a wooden screen fence hides a garden hose and irrigation valves. This design updates the look and function of the landscape while adding to the charm of the Little Pocket neighborhood in Sacramento.