Projects TWO



Modern Shed and Vibrant Plantings in Mountain View


This garden was a big weed fest when we started! We put in a retaining wall to split the yard into two levels, and installed a contemporary shed in the rear corner. A running bond pattern of large-scale pavers makes up the patio space. A small lawn was included for the kids. Bright, colorful, and low-water plants round out and beautify the space.





The first rule of business in this garden was to come up with a solution for the looming two-story building built behind the property. An extra tall (the owners had permission from the city for this) fence with angled arbor top was erected. A large living wall filled with grasses and succulents was inserted into the fence for visual interest. Black slate dry-laid for the patio, and a low concrete retaining wall was installed around the existing conifer. In the courtyard space, a deeply hued Trex deck was put in, along with contemporary plantings surrounded by stone pebbles. The frontyard has horizontal slat wood privacy fencing, low-water plants, and gravel used as mulch.





The frontyard used to be a boring lawn, but now boasts lush layers of low-water plantings, dry-stacked stone retaining walls, and tons of color and personality. The backyard’s rotting wood retaining walls were replaced with curvy Napa stone walls, and a new bluestone patio and pergola create an ideal area to entertain. Dymondia subs in for lawn, and a beautiful burgundy Japanese maple creates a focal point.





The first thing you notice about this special backyard is the amazing pergola...a bi-level louvered pergola with drop-down shades, heaters, and lights. The enormous pergola creates enough space underneath it for a 14’ long Ipe-veneered outdoor kitchen, all ready for family and friends to come over for a barbeque. A custom fire table from Concreteworks creates a separate seating area, and a small lawn creates enough play space for the family’s dog and kids. Beautiful contemporary outdoor furniture ties everything together. All new LED outdoor lighting create an inviting space for evening entertainment.