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Wills Retreat, La Cañada Flintridge, California

A couple asked us to remodel portions of their existing home in La Cañada Flintridge and also to add an outdoor spa and water feature behind their house. The steep hillside meant that we had to add a series of concrete retaining walls to enlarge the outdoor space. These walls became the central design feature and were programmed to hold seating niches, lighting, planters, and recreational water features. This small project transformed what was a seldom used backyard into a relaxing outdoor spa and social space.

Status: Built
Year: 2010
Size: 970 SF

Project Team: Peter Tolkin, Jeremy Schacht, Ted Rubenstein, Brian Janeczko
Engineers: Gilsanz Calcivic Engineering, Inc. (Structural/Civil), Hydrologue, Inc. (Geotech)
Landscape: Wade Graham
General Contractor: Western Installations
Photographer: Jennifer Cheung Steven Nilsson Photography