A Green Alchemy client moves into a contemporary style home that features a glum and frumpy garden space. The prominent feature of this home is a folding glass wall that invites the inside and outside areas to seamlessly merge.
The clients have a young daughter who needs room to play. Vegetable gardening, grilling and entertaining were all priorities.
The arbor was removed to allow the sky and trees in. The gravel patio, that tracked into the house with every visit to the garden, was removed. The free standing BBQ was replaced with an outdoor cabinet/counter and grill. The vegetable box, located in the darkest corner of the garden, was removed and relocated to a bright and sunny side yard.
The folding glass wall is protected during early stages of construction and demolition.
The special decking material was to be delivered several weeks out. During this time we covered the deck framing temporarily with ply and continued work on the grill/cabinet, stucco planters, fountain and tile.
Green Alchemy is very fortunate to work with LBM Electrical. Here, Leo installs the electrical ignition for the grill, a switch for the fountain and an exterior outlet. Thanks Leo!
The counter top for the grill cabinet was fabricated and installed by Sullivan Countertops Inc. in Oakland. Sullivan was great, from the sales rep up front to the fabricators in back to the guys who came to do the install. Great job everyone!
The decking is Resysta, a natural fiber-polymer-composite that is rice hull based. A beautiful product to work with and to live with.
This garden gets a fresh start.
Green Alchemy takes out the old retaining wall, constructs a pressure treated wall with drainage, and then faces it with smooth horizontal redwood boards. The cap is a black limestone with textured edges. The wall is three feet tall.
A short fence like structure set back from the retaining wall provides a nice backdrop for a planting of assorted succulents.
Green Alchemy meets up with a couple that have a new-to-us-home, a two year old son and a baby on the way. They need help and they need it yesterday. The baby is due in a few months and a celebration is planned with family and friends arriving from near and far. Their outdoor spaces had been put on hold but now they need them more than ever. Not a problem, Green Alchemy’s got you covered.
Getting to the garden was the first problem. Stairs to the garden were incomplete.
Both fencing and retaining walls were required.
A play area was created using recycled tree rounds, pebble, a slide and a hammock.
A confined space gets an airy design.
A tile wall for privacy. A blacksmiths art for beauty.
A garden to entice and entertain.
A cozy nook for alone time or for intimate gatherings.
A new-to-us home with an up and running toddler gets a Green Alchemy landscape.
The clients want a design that will allow them to spend time in their garden with family and friends. They want their garden to be kid friendly and interactive.
Blocking out the neighbors was not as big a concern as blocking the noise from the nearby freeway. An arbor is constructed and a sprawling vine is planted to help block the noise, define the space and provide support for down lighting.
The house has a concrete swale up against it and a few feet of level sidewalk. To be cost effective, we retained the swale but removed the sidewalk. A natural stone tile patio was then installed.
The client had a special request, grasses that move in the wind. We went one better and installed LED well lights that will shine up through the mature grasses.
A sunny spot for growing veggies was sited and an arborist was hired to prune the neighbors trees and vines off the property line.