Following a Gray Brick Road in a California Beachside Courtyard


Using linear rectangular pavers to create unique walkways bridging different areas of this Morro Bay, CA, home and garden is the brainchild of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture. Long paving stones of different lengths and colors, staggered for a flowing effect, lead to the front door and breezeway, creating a path through the grass. But they’re more than just a walkway: combined with other native stone, they create a series of rooms and areas outdoors, blending with the inside without fuss and seemingly without walls. A modern black glossy “sculpture” is actually a water feature, with white globes floating on an infinite surface; between the lines of stone, native flowers and grasses make their own patchwork of color. From that central feature, the pavers fan out to form a complete courtyard and patio.


Close to one entrance to the home, is the al fresco table and chairs, and a small fireplace tucked in a wall. Matching turquoise planters flank the sliding glass doors leading to the living room, the breezeway, and the kitchen. A door toward the street is a glass panel that pivots on a center hinge, a custom-made gate that is both solid and translucent. Wend your way around the path as it fans out, and you find the beach, its mists rising toward the horizon…and, a little ways further, a circular fire pit at a corner of a retaining wall and facing plush aqua-upholstered chairs with solid wood arms, round tables for drinks, and a whisper-quiet sense of privacy. This isn’t an ordinary boardwalk along an ordinary beach: it is stone paving, reimagined, into a truly modern beach vision.

















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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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