A streamlined remodel with a sense of place, this beach house overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Our brief was to provide something that would reflect the aesthetics of the sleepy beach town of Bolinas, but with a modern flair. Grasses in great sweeps that go dormant during the summer give the garden a casual feel and gives a nod to our famous golden hills. Strong geometry is softened by drifts and swaths of grasses, framing the grand view of the ocean. It's not all about the grasses in this garden: weathered steel and succulents make a bold statement, complementing their natural counterparts. Salty air and rampant deer are a challenge in this garden, but we met these challenges with plants that could stand up to this tough environment and provide year-round beauty with little maintenance.