residential Landscape design
Avid golfers and outdoor lovers, these clients not only wanted to enhance their existing golf course view, but also have fun and relax in their outdoor spaces day and night. The putting green is leveled just perfectly for each hole and softened by a low maintenance plant palette, especially under the existing gorgeous redwoods. A natural gas concrete fire bowl lends warmth and ambience to the new paver patio space, while powder coated steel obelisks show off the client’s favorite red climbing roses and star jasmine. Custom putting green and landscape lighting allow them to enjoy their rear garden spaces well into the evening. This was quite the transformation from an overgrown, muddy, and unused space to a putter’s paradise!
These clients had invested all of their time and attention to their interior remodel over the years...until they called us! Their beautiful 1930's East Sacramento home received a new paint color and an entire front and rear landscape remodel. The design objective was to mirror the lines and shapes found on the classic architecture while giving it a modern look to match the interior. This busy family of four needed spaces to relax, play, dine, and entertain...all while keeping the landscape texturally diverse and low maintenance. Custom accents such as the LED lighting, furniture selection, fun "M", and hallway mirror and decor made the spaces truly theirs.
1930's revival! The design objective for this beautiful home was to enhance the historical architecture, add a courtyard with furniture and LED lighting for evening lounging, use a low maintenance plant palette that still had a lush look, replace the existing lawn with a more drought resistant variety, and incorporate aesthetic details that stayed true to the era (custom high-low picket fencing and pottery that mimics the moss covered terra cotta so prevalent in 1930's gardens). These clients now spend many hours in their once unused front garden space!
I met these clients just weeks before our planned family vacation to Kauai. Turned out, Kauai was their favorite island and they wanted to transform the bare unused half of their backyard into usable space reminding them of their family time on the island. I brought my inspiration back and channeled it through the tropical plant palette (still suitable for the valley climate), a semi-custom Ohana house with porch for a studio/hangout/storage area, handmade pottery, fire pit, pizza oven, and dining space. Pizza making dinner parties and family fun happen in this portion of the garden all the time now. Aloha!
It's hard to believe that this entire front yard started off as unused, water consuming lawn. Just weeks post-construction, these clients are not only saving water, but are relaxing and dining in their front garden with their neighbors and family. The drought tolerant plant palette and permeable decomposed granite surfaces add texture, beauty, and low maintenance qualities to the garden. Unique amenities such as the copper patina two-tier fountain and pots were selected and made especially for the site, blending the new spaces with the aged bridge on the residence. LED lighting, a 10' in-ground cantilever umbrella, and comfortable dining furniture draw the clients into their custom space any time of the day or night.
Four months post-construction, this front and rear garden is starting to wake up from its winter nap to get ready for all the entertaining and family gatherings hosted by the client. Design objectives for this project included a low-maintenance and semi-drought tolerant plant palette, space for the family's impromptu croquet and table tennis matches, LED lighting throughout the gardens for evening enjoyment, and a fresh, modern aesthetic to match the newly renovated interiors. Special amenities include an artificial grass grid as a soft dining space definer and custom designed wood panels for use as a master bedroom privacy screen and a plate holder for the BBQ. Modern furniture, a copper fire pit, custom storage shed, and new house paint colors were incorporated as part of the landscape design.
Working alongside a successful local restaurateur, we provided landscape design services for three new Jack's Urban Eats locations. Close collaboration was essential between the owner, interior design firm (twitchell elliott design), and property management groups to facilitate design rich restaurant environments. Our role was to enhance the "front door" to these restaurants and create new patio spaces for outdoor dining. Careful design consideration was given to such elements as new hardscape surfaces, outdoor lighting, custom patio fencing locations, and plant material selection, all of which was completed under an accelerated schedule.
This project showcases the holistic approach to developing a landscape master plan. After much collaboration with the client, it was determined that the existing landscape did not meet the functional needs or aesthetics that the client desired. The final plan created a series of gardens and spaces uniquely tailored to the needs of this client. Those spaces allowed for recreation, relaxation, and entertainment where materials such as pavers instilling old-world craftsmanship, crushed gravel pathways, a canopy pergola, a fountain, raised vegetable gardens, and over 700 selected plants were found.
After extensive collaboration with the clients, and understanding their needs, this complete remodel integrated a large entertaining area with several seating spaces to host their frequent events. It also provided a focal point element along the back of the property for visual interest and screening. The design removed all lawn and replaced it with a low maintenance/low water use planting scheme rich in seasonal color and texture. To extend enjoyment well into the evening hours, the entertaining area and surrounding gardens were illuminated with energy efficient LED lighting. This design successfully connected the exterior environment with the client's newly remodeled contemporary interior.
This neighborhood favorite landscape design in Lake Forest, CA incorporated terracing to address elevation changes and add visual interest. It also created a strong and interesting connection to lead visitors from the street to the front door, incorporated low garden walls and pilasters using aged stone, replaced the existing driveway to create a hardscape material uniformity, created an outdoor kitchen in a limited rear garden space, and incorporated low maintenance plant material of varied textures. The result is crisp, classic, and timeless.