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A UT biology professor and gardener, this client came to us for help with their drainage and sloping towards the house. The Driftwood house is located on a hill and we needed to excavate and create a retaining wall along the uphill side to take the slope away from the house and direct the water around it. We excavated all along the house to slope the ground toward our new wall. Then, we built a limestone drystack wall and installed a berm with some of the excavated material uphill from the wall to slow the flow of the water. Between the wall and the berm we added good quality soil to create a native plant bed. Then around the house we installed limestone skirting under the deck and stairs down from there leading to a large stone walkway connecting the deck to the vegetable garden.
This client is an interior designer and provided pictures of a backyard that she wanted to create in her own yard. The yard is tiny so we needed to make all the components that she was looking for fit into the space. This included the tiniest patch of grass for her small dogs. We ended up with a pergola that she can hang chairs or a hammock bed from, a small fountain for a water feature, and a deck for outdoor eating. She plans to install a built in grill with a pizza oven on her back patio. It all comes together quite nicely to create an extended living space in the backyard. In her description of what she wanted it said zen and modern, like a cool outdoor restaurant. Mission accomplished!
This client came to us to add curb appeal and plantings around their newly renovated pool. They plan to stay in the house until their kids graduate from high school in about five years and wanted something functional to look good while they're in the house. They also want to keep an eye on how it would perform when selling the home. We removed the standard concrete entry and replaced it with a more modern entry that leads to a pathway to the backyard. We addressed some drainage issues of erosion due to lack of gutters and pooling in the side yard by adding large gravel where the water hits the ground and a rain garden to slow and direct the runoff. We also added plantings in the front and back that work with the sunlight and climate that really frame the entry and pool areas. We also replaced the St Augustine in the front with a more drought tolerant Zoysia grass.
This client was referred to us by a builder we work with occasionally. They were remodeling their newly purchased home and wanted a large outdoor living space complete with Ipe deck and covered kitchen. They wanted to make sure we used the full landscape so we created pathways and areas to enjoy down the slope in the wilder areas as well as away from the main living area. There is a fantastic view that you can enjoy from the kitchen, some of the deck living spaces and the fire pit area. Down the hill you can feel more secluded in a hammock or playing on the trampoline. We framed in the pool with some flowering desert willows. On the deck we created a gravel seating area in the center to separate the different living spaces. We surrounded the deck with planters to help frame it and eliminate the need for railings. In the front we created a courtyard around the entry way with a more desert style. In the existing planters along the street we added agaves and feather grasses to complete the look.
This client complained about their backyard being uneven. They wanted a nice place to sit, grill and throw the ball for their dog. They also wanted to up their curb appeal and add steel planters. In the front, we created a tiered steel planter as well as a bed around the electrical box to help hide it. In the back we made a wrap around bench with a large fire pit that doubles as a nice table to set drinks and snacks. We extended the patio out for a shaded area to add a table and a covered grilling space. Finally, we regraded the soil and laid out a soft zoysia grass that the dog will enjoy and feel great on barefeet!
This client knew they were installing a pool and would need help regrading the landscape and creating some beds. We installed a few trees and a trellis for privacy around the pool. Then, we smoothed out the soil for all the grass areas and installed a new zoysia grass that will grow well in their sunny yard. We also added a shade tree in the corner to grow up and add some more afternoon shade.
With this project, we removed a concrete and decomposed granite patio area and then dug out along the house to help with water and erosion that was building up on the foundation. We pulled out all the soil, sloped everything away from the house and created drainage so the water would drain around the house and down the hill. We then laid out and poured the concrete bench and catelevered out the redwood portion. Next, we scraped up the yard, re-laid the sod and created bed spaces. Finally, we put up posts to hang a sail for shade. But the most fun part was building a custom putting green so the client could perfect his game!
A majority of the backyard was covered in asphalt and the front yard grass was receding. We made a simple design for the front yard with some shade friendly varieties. the client wanted more useable space in the back for his kids to play and have pool parties. the concrete around the pool was cracking and a hot tub had been removed so there was an open square with no concrete. there was also flooding around the pool We repaired the concrete & resurfaced it. then we installed a drain in the pool deck to alleviate the flooding. We removed all of the asphalt and created a grassy area and a bed all along the back of the house with some color and low maintenance plants.