Designed by San Diego Architect John Mock in 1963, this Mid-Century home on Mt. Helix was painstakingly restored over a 12 month period. Falling Waters was asked to interpret a conceptual plan by a local Landscape Architect, and manage the project’s installation. The result has been a seamless indoor-outdoor experience, with the garden undergoing a massive renovation itself.
Sitting on close to a full acre, the house on Snyder St. presented many challenges. Extreme grade changes and poor soil conditions were only the beginning. During the design phase the home was granted historical status which confined the renovation to certain materials and construction techniques. These restrictions encouraged all those involved to be more creative and conscious of the environment, the site, and the materials used.
A laundry list of specimen plants were brought in to highlight the homes clean lines and existing boulders. Simple masonry block walls, seeded aggregate decking, poured in place concrete coping, and railroad tie stairs make up the Mid-Century hard-scape.
The garden has evolved since completion in late 2007 to now include a Chicken coop, expanded vegetable garden, a modest grove of Citrus, and its latest addition; three 80 year old Manzanillo Olive trees to shade a deck space at the top of the property.
The home has been featured in numerous publications in print and online. It was named San Diego Home and Garden “Home of the Year” in 2009, and featured in Sunset magazine in October of the same year. It has been featured in several online design blogs, HGTV, TV commercials, and is used regularly for magazine and print Ads.
Architect: John Mock
Landscape Architect: Todd Pitman