We’re revealing the last space of our #mgdxnelliegail project, and we saved the best for last! We’re headed out back to reveal the dreamy backyard space of this beloved home. If you missed the front exterior reveal, head there to catch up. The rear exterior underwent the most significant transformation of this home’s extensive remodel, so be sure to read until the end for the before photos!
Our clients spent over a year dreaming up their backyard with lots of areas for their kids to play and explore. We had a really hands-on client who lead the charge with a lot of the backyard design. She has such an amazing eye for finding unique moments that feel special. Overall, the back exterior is an inspired space with storied charm throughout. It embodies California outdoor living and includes subtle nods to the home’s community. Keep scrolling to see all the details!
The rear of the house has the same traditional lap siding and balcony details as the front exterior. Architecturally, our clients wanted to add on additional square footage to the back of the house to create a large bonus room as well as additional bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor. We started the exterior design with our client by creating a loggia off of the kitchen with a bifold window. The space is made entertaining-ready with counter stools, a farm table with benches and an additional sectional seating area surrounding the fireplace.
Our client thought up the sink area as an outdoor washing station with a limestone trough and an industrial faucet. The wash stand is made from the same brick veneer used on the front of the house. For some extra charm, we added a gardening and potting station with all the supplies they might need while out in the garden, and a decorative rain chain outside of the loggia.
The special thing about this neighborhood is most of the lots are pretty generous. Beyond the house, we had a lot of space to play with to help our clients create their dream backyard. The property boasts a playground structure our client designed, a zip line, a fun kids mining station, a mountain biking dirt trail, and a vegetable and herb garden up top. Many of our clients are now including solar panels on their roofs, so we integrate them as needed to be most efficient.
A big priority for the client was to maintain the charm of the original property and design around the integrity of the slopes and hillside. They kept the citrus trees of the original property, and built onto the slope to add different tiers to the space. The house is located within an equestrian community, and the fence detail is a nod to the home’s equestrian roots.
And thats a wrap on all of the dreamy the spaces in our #mgdxnelliegail project! Which detail has your heart? Let us know in the comments! For more before photos of our Nellie Gail project, see the before & after posts of the living room, main bedroom, and laundry room spaces. Make sure you’re following along on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes updates from our current projects. Thanks so much for following along!