This was a transformation of a mid-century mistake in olive green with white plastic windows. My cool, fun, clients, who also have a home in San Francisco, were very trusting and let me change the color of the house, even though they’d painted it four months prior. She is a graphic artist: He’s an engineer. After showing them pictures of black houses and houses with wooden horizontal screens via pinterest, they went for it. The olive tree was being smothered by an oak, so we moved the olive across the property. The job qualified for Sonoma’s Cash for Grass program, which includes a reimbursement for mulch and drip irrigation, as well as up to $500 for ones square footage of softscape in the area where there was previously lawn. Originally the front yard consisted of unhappy lawn and aging camillias.