Altadena Urbanite


The clients needed a pathway adjacent to the narrow driveway, which also created room for a rain garden in the middle of the yard, surrounded by native plants.

As we were beginning this project, you could hear jackhammering nearby. What could it be? A neighbor was removing their concrete driveway, and the concrete was beautiful! What luck. Rather than the contractor hauling it away, we were able to have this high-quality urbanite delivered to the client’s home. We ended up using this material for the front walkway and seating area, backyard patio and seat wall, and the backyard path. Free, repurposed material that did not end up in a landfill!


The front yard is 100% California Native plants, all permeable hardscape, and a rain garden. There is a pollinator watering station made from an old birdbath, filled with pebbles. The front yard is a haven for native birds, bees, and butterflies.

In the backyard, the client wanted a larger, shaded patio area for entertaining and a larger space for the family to enjoy. We extended the patio space with the urbanite and built a seat wall to solve the elevation change moving into the backyard. We incorporated posts into the seat wall for the retractable awning made by Pasadena Awning

From the side of the garage, there is an amazing view of the San Gabriel Mountains, perfect for a new Ipe wood deck for lounging and enjoying the view. An urbanite walkway leads you to the deck from the back patio with a vegetable garden on the right side. Pollinator friendly plants were planted adjacent to the vegetable garden to help increase the bounty by attracting more pollinators to the area.