A remodeled ranch-style home a block from the beach in Capitola. Client is a active dad who took the home down to studs during the remodel. He loves open-floor plans and clean lines, so we matched the landscaping to the interior aesthetic with sleek, repeating concrete walls, architectural plant forms including succulents and monochromatic colors for an overall minimalist, textural effect. In the back garden, a custom wood bench provides a spot for the towels while hot tubbing. Pea gravel and light-colored flagstone comprise curving paths connecting garden elements and end in a casual firepit area. Retaining walls in the back garden provide the dual function of slope retention and planting beds, which have both foundational plants and culinary herbs.