When tasked with turning a normal Southern California yard into an oasis, the landscape designers at Kate Anne Design Build set about converting unusable grass slopes into rustic and functional “rooms.” With sculpted spaces for pets and kids alike, the new patio—complete with an Argentine grill, built-in bench dining area, and firepit—is the epicenter of the client’s family life. The homeowner is a grilling enthusiast who wanted a home suited for a casual but refined dining experience. So the designers delivered calming and comfortable zones for private lounging, cooking, and play. A selection of contemporary grey and black metal tones pop against weathered teak furniture, lending private resort vibes to the backyard.

Unique material and design choices make the space feel clean and cozy: Patterned turf gaps in the cement have both an aesthetic and functional use for water drainage. High-pressure cement with metal reinforcements was used to make a sleek counter for the outdoor kitchen. Even the pool has a new luster after just a plaster refresh. Blending the positives of what was already in place—like the hardscape near the garage—with soft touches like landscape lighting and bistro-style illumination, Kate Anne and Ryan Gross delivered a well-designed space that doesn’t look or feel overcrowded.