The design of this charming Highland Park home blurs the line between traditional and modern. The greatest challenge was to create a modern landscape that complements and integrates with the existing architecture. The home and gardens were in complete disrepair, so the new homeowners wanted to preserve the bones of the architecture but give the landscape a fresh look. Providing privacy was very important as the home is situated on a busy street with large neighboring homes on all sides of the property. A masonry perimeter wall was designed and constructed, and mature evergreen trees were planted to provide maximum privacy and to enclose garden spaces. All the garden elements combine to extend the clients interior living space into the outdoors for year-round use. Ultimately, the garden serves as a retreat from city life by maximizing the client’s privacy.