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Grace Design Associates Fire Restoration

After the November, 2008 Santa Barbara Tea Fire,  hundreds of homes and gardens were devastated. Grace Design Associates, an award-winning Santa Barbara design firm, built a new hillside garden, where little was left but scorched earth.

 

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The fire burned thousands of acres, and destroyed hundreds of homes. Enter Margie Grace, who assessed the damage and came up with a fire-resistant landscaping plan that made the most of the home owner’s hillside property.

 

 

Beautiful walkways were cut into the hillside, stabilizing the earth and creating planting beds. The landscape was punctuated with a beautiful street entry, home entry, and view of the house from above.

 

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Vegetable gardens, contemplative seating and dining areas, and hillside retreats were thoughtfully designed and installed.

 

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The property just after the fire. From this…

 

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To this…

 

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The homeowners now enjoy a safe, drought-resistant retreat that links their home to the surrounding meadows and mountains.

Photography/Holly Lepere Photography

Grace Design Associates
805.687.3569

Visit the website:  WWW.GRACEDESIGNASSOCIATES.COM

 

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