Sustainability is fun in this Santa Barbara backyard, which has a hot tub and rock-lined firepit tucked behind the grassy “meadow,” but uses 95 percent locally sourced or salvaged materials. The judges’ take: “It says, ‘Grab the marshmallows and meet me at the campfire.’ ”
Why it won:
- Reuse of 200 tons of stone. The sandstone takes on a cobblestone-y Euro feel as seating, walls, and borders.
- Drought-tolerant grasses. These plants are low maintenance and eye-catching.
Design: Margie Grace, Grace Design Associates, Santa Barbara (gracedesignassociates.com or 805/687-3569). Custom design home by Michelle Kaufmann.