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July 2015
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Topic of the Month: Contemporary Luxury in Mission Viejo, CA

Design Firm of the Month: Studio H Landscape Architecture

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At Studio H we strive to provide aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound creative projects reflecting each client's personal preferences, while utilizing unique design ideas, ecologically sensitive materials, and creative solutions to design challenges to deliver the highest quality without exceeding budget goals.


We offer estate landscape architecture services from concept to construction. The principals at Studio H have a combined experience of over 55 years in both residential and commercial design and are registered in the states of California and Arizona while also holding a C27 California Landscape Contractors license.

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In the affluent community of Mission Viejo, California there is a lakeside residence with a recently renovated landscape. When Warwick Hunt of Studio H Landscape Architecture completely redesigned the front yard, entranceway and back yard of the home, he created an elegant entrance in the front and a luxurious outdoor living space in the back. The pale limestone and shades of blue in the infinity edge pool, spa and glass tiles give the terraced patio a Santorini feel.

Aside from the water features, the terraced back yard also includes an outdoor kitchen and BBQ grill, limestone fire pit, built-in seating, limestone stairs, glass railing and accent lighting throughout. 

One of the things Hunt did to completely change the space and create a clean, modern look was to remove the old red tiles around the home and replace them with pale limestone. 

Hunt explained, "The existing layout of the space wasn't functional. The spaces were broken into too many small unusable terraces at various elevations. To solve this we completely re-graded the space and created larger usable spaces. Additionally, we used high-quality materials throughout to bring the landscape up to the quality of the home. Some of the materials include vein-cut limestone paving, limestone veneer on all the walls, glass tile through the pool and spa and custom high-quality concrete countertops."

"The design style we were looking to achieve was "soft contemporary". The goal was to create a clean, minimal layout of high-quality materials in a neutral color palette and then accent it with vibrant glass tile and furnishings. We wanted to create a contrasting color that would pop, but still create the darker blue shade of water to blend the water surfaces. The infinity edge pool was designed to create an invisible transition from the pool water to the lake."

Everything in the renovated landscape is new. Hunt explains, "We completely demolished the entire front and rear yards. We wanted to lower the pool below the finish floor elevation of the home to create long linear steps which are cantilevered and have LED tape light. This also allowed us to raise the spa and have the top of the spa be at the same elevation as the home to ensure that no lake views were blocked out." 

"Having built-in seating really creates a refined, elegant feel to a project. While it's less expensive to simply put a sectional sofa out there, having the built-in seating creates a unified, finished appearance that can't be duplicated with furniture. Additionally it enabled us use LED tape light under the seats, creating a strong visual element in the evening." 

The creative use of lighting really accents the space. When asked how he chose to use lighting in different areas of the space, Hunt explained, "Lighting is one of the most important elements on a project, and often overlooked as it's an easy area to cut costs. Lighting becomes as much about aesthetics as it is function. It creates a comfortable ambiance not only when one is in the yard, but also from inside the home. It can change the entire feel of a home in the night hours." 

"We use only LED lights these days to save on energy and one of our favorite types of lighting is LED tape light. A waterproof, dimmable, RGB tape light, like the one from Tivoli, is a very versatile fixture. It can be used under step treads, built-in seating, barbecue countertops and backsplashes, and even water features."   

The project took a little over a year to complete. "The Landscape Contractor, Conscious Environments, did an excellent job. The build quality is topnotch. They are always a pleasure to work with and we can trust that they do nothing but the best work." 

When asked what his favorite part of the project was, Hunt replied, "My favorite part of the project was working with the clients. We couldn't have asked for better clients. They had some great input and really allowed us creative freedom. Projects only turn out as good as their clients, and this is a great project."



Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 



Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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