Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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36 LC DBM His company, Richard Cohen Land- scape & Construction, had landscaped for the owners in the past and Cohen didn't have to go far to bring them up to date with his work. "The year before I had landscaped the house literally next door to their house," he says. "So I walked them around that job and showed them the features and then we talked about what they wanted and how they would tend to use it as a family." Cohen brought landscape architect Mark Scott into the conversation. The owners, who had extended family living with them, expressed their interest in a place outdoors to cook, to entertain, and different areas to unwind. And since the wife enjoys swimming, they wanted a 40-foot-long lap pool. As Cohen explains, "They have a beau- tiful view of the ocean so we wanted to set up the yard to enhance the view and enhance the visual experience when you are sitting and looking out at the view." After more meetings, Scott made his design, some of which caught Cohen by surprise and he wondered if the owners would go for them. They did, and the construction began. One of the surprises, and one of the biggest undertakings, was an upstairs deck extension and the addition of an outdoor pavilion on this new real estate. To access the pavilion, a set of outside stairs was built. In the new area below the deck extension, the outdoor kitchen was situated. The pavilion, which is closed on three sides, had radiant heaters installed inside. Outside, a fire table was installed so the postcard-quality sunsets can be comfort- ably viewed on almost any evening. b e a u t i f u l b l a n k c a n v a s a w a i t e d R i c h a r d C o h e n w h e n t h e o w n e r s o f a n e w r e s i d e n c e i n a n e x c l u s i v e S o u t h e r n C a l i f o r n i a c o a s t a l a r e a c o n t a c t e d h i m t o t r a n s f o r m t h e i r u n d e v e l o p e d b a c k y a r d . By Mike Dahl Photography by Anthony Gomez 036-039.indd 36 5/23/14 10:18 AM

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