This historic home on the Gold Coast of Alameda was disconnected from much of its original waterfront garden, which was surrounded by a failing brick seawall. With this in mind, we created a series of safe, useable outdoor spaces that both respect the past and reflect the homeowners’ modern tastes. The level closest to the home includes a luxuriously appointed cabana and a hot-tub patio. The brick-and-wood perimeter fence was constructed with open windows, to maximize views of the canals and to capture the sunset. Brick paths and stairs were built to connect all of the different garden rooms, and a large area was graded to create a flat sporting green. The planting design focuses on a drought-tolerant palette of Australian natives in rich reds, yellows and oranges.