Wentworth Residence

Landscaping Pasadena, CA

Project description

Outside Landscaping


Project photos




Project Q&A with the homeowner and pro

What did you or the homeowner splurge on?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon They splurged on tile. We used a Moroccan tile on the spa and around the pool. The upper kitchen was pretty expensive. They wanted burners and warming drawers, which can be pricy.

What was your biggest challenge and/or biggest takeaway working on this project?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon We were on a tight timeline. Also, the Pasadena safety department has a lot of restrictions when putting in an outdoor fireplace. Adding a bathroom is always difficult as well. There were some existing olive trees we didn?t want to cut down, so we designed around them.?

Any advice for staying on budget?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon The use of colored concrete bands with more of natural gray inside is strategically placed throughout. We used concrete in a decorative way, so that we didn?t have to put tile everywhere. Retaining the olive trees saved a lot of money too.?

How long did this project take?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon Project Duration: 6 month process Design: 2 months Construction: 4 months (includes landscaping)

What are some of the key materials you used?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon Colored concrete, decorative tile, and flagstone.

What renovations did you do?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon Backyard remodel?

What is the style?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon Spanish mission revival?

What was the homeowner???s main goal or motivation for doing this project?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon The house did not connect very well with the backyard. We remolded the kitchen and the entry room to better fit with the yard and added a pool and spa. The homeowners wanted a comfortable space to enjoy the backyard area, where they could have an extension from indoors to outdoors.?

What???s your favorite part of the new space?

Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon I just loved the pool. You know, the yard was not big and by maintaining those trees and having the grass between the flagstone it really stands out.