Before & After: A Modern San Fran Re-Do

before and after house and garden makeover Loretta Gargan

This one of this makeovers where you have to do a double take, yes, I assure you this is the same building and landscape.  This modern San Francisco house got more than a garden makeover, it got a whole house re-do to make it an inside -outside living place.   Doing away with the small windows with bars, and replacing them with walls of glass that open right to the outside enabled garden designer Loretta Gargan to translate the modern interiors into the adjacent garden rooms.

before and after Loretta Gargan modern garden makeover

This open-ness was key to the project’s success.  The architect was limited by the existing footprint for zoning reasons, but the client needed more space.   By opening up the space, the square footage of the garden helps to make the house feel more open and spacious.

loretta gargan garden design

found via remodeling magazine

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

1 Comment

  1. Dirty Girl Gardening on March 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    gorgeous… love the concrete and moss walkways.

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