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Front to back, they did some cottage-stretching.

Front to back, they did some cottage-stretching In a neighborhood where many remodels balloon to the limits that height and setback rules allow, this Corona del Mar house grew to embrace the outdoors, yet kept its low profile.

A 1972 remodel by Irvine architect William Ware stretched the cozily compact 1927 cottage to the rear of its lot, maintaining the garden area in front and creating a private patio within.

Then owner Suzy Skinner set out to take advantage of these outdoor pockets. Landscape designer Mark Scott replaced part of the front lawn and a window-blocking hedge with tile steps and beds retained by low stucco walls. Newport Beach landscape designer Greg Grisamore set up a plan for seasonal color around azaleas, sword ferns, ficus, and liquidambar trees.

To make the interior patio the focus of surrounding rooms, Scott tore out a concrete pad and a tangle of ancient bougain-villea, then rpeated the low retaining walls to define perimeter beds, paved the patio with tiles, and installed a spa pool as a cool-to-the-eye water element.

Mrs. Skinner's last step was to open the kitchen to the patio. By turning the old utility area into a bright extension of the updated kitchen, she gained a view and direct access to the secluded patio.
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