Protected: Old Stockdale

Bakersfield, CA

Disrupting the traditional front yard/back yard layout, this special home and garden break a lot of rules. The house inhabits the wide and shallow lot inventively with many of the rooms pushed to the lot’s edges. The resulting outdoor spaces are completely intertwined with the owners’ lives, often blurring the boundaries between architecture and garden.

At the golf course-facing street edge, the front of the home eschews convention, replacing lawn with ornamental grasses and a gravel-floored space off the entry. Mature Olive trees and fast-growing California Sycamores settle the Belgian inspired architecture into the established neighborhood.

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