Terraced Comfort & Style
In The Hollywood Hills
- Hollywood Hills
When you join two creative forces—Eva Knoppel, founder of Garden of Eva Landscape Design Group Inc., with the renowned international film producer, Deepak Nayar—the results are nothing short of magical.
Nayar and his wife Mary wanted an indoor-outdoor expansion of their Sunset Plaza home in the Hollywood Hills that would be conducive to their family (including their two children and pets), and a comfortable environment for entertaining frequent guests.
Think of the house as a movie set, Deepak suggested, with focal points when people first walk in. Eva recommended building an outdoor living area with a fireplace as the main focal point as well as a dining area and kitchen, all surrounded by craned in, full grown olive trees—all ideas that perfectly matched Nayar's vision.
Defined by a series of descending terraces, the Nayar's stunning new backyard (photographed by Luke Gibson) not only includes the large living, dining and kitchen area with an adjacent play area that provides a basketball hoop and table tennis, but an imaginative cascading water feature, a newly redone pool and spa, plus a delightful, redesigned pool house that doubles as a night-time screening room. A terraced garden and ficus hedge were added to enclose the area for privacy and banquette seating installed for large parties.
"Working with Garden of Eva made our dream home a reality," says Mary Nayar. "In fact, the combined living space, both inside and out, increased 100%." Echoing these sentiments, her husband says, "Eva provided a great experience and I would recommend her to anyone."
What Clients Say
We honestly cannot say enough amazing things about Eva!!!! We interviewed several landscape designers, and the second Eva walked through the door, we knew our choice was made! She took all of our ideas and made them better than we could ever have imagined and was always mindful and considerate of our budget-- which my husband really loved!
Our remodel involved overhauling our existing dirt and weed yard to include the following: an outdoor kitchen with concrete counter tops, a wood burning pizza oven, built in grill, sink and fridge – a roof structure built over the kitchen with integrated lighting – a concrete sunken gas fire pit and concrete sofa seating area – new irrigation, 40 year old olive trees, lemon tree, lime tree, fig tree, guava, blueberry bushes, rosemary, sage, lemon verbena plants, bay leaf trees, apple tree, rock garden, up lights for trees, and a small grassy area.
We LOVE Eva and would do it all over again with her---she is the best!!!!Sara E. – Yelp
We live on a corner lot in Cheviot Hills, and I'm sure all our neighbors enjoyed the lovely green lawn, but we never used it. I'd been thinking about a Mediterranean/drought tolerant redo for a number of years. Eva came up with a plan after listening to my requirements. We went through a couple of refinements and signed a contract around Thanksgiving. By Christmas most of the work was completed. We did quite a bit of hardscape – walls, a fountain, patio, walkway, and a pergola – in addition to the plant material. Garden of Eva planned and executed all, including the sprinkler system and the lighting.
I am very happy with Eva's work. She stood behind her work and was highly responsive to my needs. This was not an inexpensive re-landscaping, primarily because of the hardscaping, but it is what we chose. The plants are great and I am enjoying sitting in my new garden listening to the fountain burble and the birds chirping. In addition, the neighbors are enjoying it too!!Nancy C. – Yelp
Eva and her team are the BEST. We had a project that was on time, on budget, and with a FABULOUS result. We love and enjoy our backyard everyday. We could not be happier. It was a great collaborative process with an artistic result that met all our wants and needs. She cleverly used elements that we already had in our yard to help make the project more affordable without sacrificing any of the results.
To top it off, when we had a problem with a fence that was installed – it was handled beautifully. There was no argument; no discussion; the fence was re-engineered with a perfect result. This occurred even after we had paid for the project in its entirety. Way to go Eva!Sucassa2 - Houzz
Had Eva and her crew do our front and side yards last summer. Drought tolerant landscaping and plants, beautiful mature olive trees, a new patio and vegetable garden and with new drip irrigation... She did it all. We and all our neighbors and visitors have been completely blown away by the transformation. Looking forward to seeing what she can do with the backyard.linzam – Houzz