Hillside Project in Pacific Palisades with Stunning, Panoramic Views of the Pacific Ocean

This backyard renovation project in Pacific Palisades focused on developing an outdoor living space and maximizing the usability of the hillside lot, as well as creating seamless connectivity from inside to outside.  All focus is on the breathtaking views to the Pacific Ocean. What had formerly been an overgrown, barely usable hillside, has been transformed into a stunning, high-style entertainer’s paradise with pool, dining, lounging, and relaxation.

As your eye is drawn to the view of the ocean beyond, new walls of large multi-pane sliding glass doors disappear by pocketing into the walls. The living room, kitchen, and dining room are now all opened up to the outdoors. The outdoor dining deck has automated, retractable shades that can be extended down for privacy or for shade. Across the lawn, is the new infinity edge (vanishing edge) swimming pool also with a zero edge. A zero-edge pool is where the waterline is at the same level as the pool deck/coping, creating the beautiful effect of a non-interrupted ground plane as you look over the water to the ocean in the distance. The pool also has a gentle, zero-entry slope and an inset hot tub that is barely visible to the eye in the sleek design of the pool. As the pool edge disappears over the hillside, a set of descending stairs takes you to the firepit deck next to the pool. The firepit deck was designed around two existing palm trees, which will continue to grow up through the floor of the deck. Looking back toward the house, the catch pool for the infinity edge wall creates a water feature for the built-in seating area around the fire pit.

Beautiful lava stone was used for the pool–both inside of the pool and on the walls that descend down into the catch pool. At night, the lights in the pool reveal the intricate mosaic of tiles. Additional uplighting features on the peaked ceiling of the covered porch dining area, the uplighting of the catch pool walls, the warm glow of the gas firepit, and strategically placed landscape lighting completely change the feel of this outdoor entertaining oasis to a sophisticated space that feels perfectly placed in its setting.


Initial Design Concept & Drawings

Hillside topography plan for backyard in Pacific Palisades


Project Progression


Before picture of back yard renovation in Pacific Palisades

Elevation Plans

Initial Design Plans of back yard renovation in Pacific Palisades

Under Construction

Under Construction of back yard renovation in Pacific Palisades


After picture of back yard renovation in Pacific Palisades


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