An unused lawn is replaced with a flagstone patio, flastone stepping stones, low water use plants, gravel and a small vegetable garden.
Small spaces can present an interesting challenge as every square inch must be carefully considered and utilized - the end result being cozy and comfortable, outdoor garden room, living areas.
Would you like a few ideas for a small area or a master plan for a few acres?
I offer a full line of landscape design and related services to meet a variety of needs. For more information, please visit my Services page.
Unique plant palettes, precise CAD plans, landscape photo imaging, 3D rendering and web conferencing during the design development phase.
This service is designed for long distance customers. Meetings are conducted online, via web conferencing, to view your site photos, imaged views and the CAD plan. Please visit the Services page for more information.
How do you want to use your precious land?
I find that today's residential landscapes are multi-tasking just as much as we are. In addition to providing beautiful gardens to uplift and inspire, outdoor areas for resting, entertaining and play, and providing safe and comfortable access to our homes, landscapes are increasingly placing a focus on growing food, providing wild life habitat and harvesting rain water.
If you would like to make the best possible use of your land, it's a good idea to weigh the options before jumping in. Below is a list of some of the questions and concerns I like to consider during the landscape design process.
It all starts with the site - each site is unique:
What Inspires You?
How will the landscape relate to your house?
Plants, Hardscape Features, Materials
Budget, Scope of Work
"Take the time to design" During my 25 years as a landscape designer, I have seen the benefits of
taking the time to create a scale drawing-master plan for projects both large and small. I find my experience allows me to make suggestions that often save my clients money during the
installation process. Attention to detail, as well as consideration of how the various elements of the completed landscape will work together can be given when the design is thought through rather
than hastily installed.
The use of technology has enabled me to offer my customers a better quality product, more interactive and informative conceptualization experience as well as affordable cost. From start to finish, I rely on all that modern technology affords.
During the design process, photo imaging or 3D software are available as design sketch tools to aid in visualizing the proposed finished product. Unique plant palettes are created for each client based on personal taste and unique site conditions. Clients are invited to view my computer desktop, via web conferencing, where I am able to display plant palette photos, site photos, the CAD plan, imaging photos or 3D renderings. In addition, we are able to visit websites pertinent to the plants or materials used in the design.
The final product is scale drawings of hardscape features (patios, paths, walls, pergolas, etc), plants and lighting, using professional CAD software, resulting in
precise, easy to read plans.
In this water-wise makeover, the emphasis was on using as few low water use plants as possible yet still providing attractive curb appeal.
Montecito landscape remodel using a predomimately green and white palette and drought tolerant plants.
Large back yard designed with a park-like layout. The space includes a series of rain water harvesting, infiltration basins, fruit trees, native and Mediterranean trees and plants, a buffalo grass lawn for young children's play, an area for outdoor living and growing vegetables and a decomposed granite walkway.
A barren back yard is transformed into a home orchard that includes Citrus, deciduous friut trees and Avocados along with designated areas for raised vegetable planters. Low water use plants and perennials for year 'round bloom are included the throughout the landscape. A small, lower water use, Aloha Paspalum lawn has been retained for children and pets. A flagstone patio for dining divides the long yard.
Before and after using landscape photo imaging software - Camarillo CA
Maximized living space in a small area. Below is a before photo and 3D rendering of a landscape design for a property with an extreme slope drop-off in the back. Proposed changes to the residence were depicted as well.
A low water use plant palette was used for the front yard for this central coast property. The plant palette consists primarily of plants from Mediterranean climates and the lawn suggestion is Buffalo Grass. Below, the before photo is followed by the first draft "photo sketch" and then the final version image.
Garden, Orchard, Outdoor Entertaining
Here, a challenge was presented to combine an enclosed, fenced-in vegetable garden with a greenhouse, orchard and entertaining area in combination with a native plant palette at the edge of a large property on the Gaviota coast.
Concept for including Edible Plants in a Residential Landscape