This new underground 10,200 gallon stormwater collection system (which is actually (6) 1,700 gallon tanks) is currently being installed on a residential project here in Santa Barbara. This system will capture valuable rainwater which will be used for the irrigation of edible and ornamental plantings. Installation by DD Ford and Schwan Brothers Construction.
A new pocket park in Sylmar, CA was just completed! This park features a tot lot, ADA accessible picnic areas, and drought tolerant California native trees, grasses and shrubs. Installation by Landscape Development Inc. (LDI).
The clients of this mesa area home needed additional shade on their rear patio. Below are before and after photos of how the new trellis transformed their back yard living area.
You don't always need plants to have an interesting landscape. This contemporary small residential back yard (which is currently under construction) features a swooping black and white contrasting gravel pattern with rusted steel edging, bold and bright colors, and raised deck to take advantage of the ocean views.
This trellis and outdoor fireplace were recently completed to enhance the outdoor living spaces at this existing beachfront Santa Barbara home. The trellis provides much needed shade both inside and outside the south side of the home and was constructed higher than a typical trellis to preserve views to the ocean and to better complement the architecture of the existing house. LED down lights and outdoor heating were also integrated into the trellis so it could be used during evening hours. The fireplace was constructed of Santa Barbara Sandstone veneer and burns using natural gas. Installation by Johnathan Anselmo / Custom Built SB.
A preliminary landscape plan for a historic Spanish colonial ranch home nestled in the orchards of 500+ acre ranch in the mountains of the front country of Santa Barbara.
Here is a video of an online class I taught to a class of rambunctious 7th graders in Texas about the applications of math in the design of a park.
Long overdue improvements at an outdated condominium clubhouse with new paver pathways, patios, landscape lighting, decorative sandstone boulders, and landscape improvements. A large amount of existing turf was removed, which qualified this project for the City of Santa Barbara's Smart Landscape Rebate program.
The plant palette for this project is an eclectic mix of drought tolerant plants including California Native Plants, succulents, and subtropical cycads and palms. Some of the subtropical plants are also drought tolerant, proving that you don't have to use a lot of irrigation water to have a tropical look.
Some of the more unique plants include:
Aloe 'Carpinteria Gem' - Carpinteria Gem Aloe
Aloe plicatilis - Fan Aloe
Cercis occidentalis - Western Redbud
Cistanthe grandiflora 'Jazz Time' - Rock Purslane
Chamaerops humilis var. argentea - Atlas Mountain Palm
Encephalartos altensteinii - Prickly Cycad