My very first design job even before my first design class. This was for my brother-in-law in Roseville CA
The pavement and the large 3 ft. retaining wall were the only existing hardscape. Large amounts of fill, vegetation, and more complimentary retaining walls were built.
Design/Build Project for a resident in Woodland, CA
Woodland, CA. To save on initial cost, I sought out vegetation that was fast growing, native, and came in smaller containers. The clients were more than willing to wait for their plants to fully mature.
Woodland, CA. A view from their living room and patio.
Design/Build project of a redwood fence around a property in Roseville, CA.
Roseville, CA. View from the backyard patio.
Roseville, CA. Lattice work was placed to add texture and to support future growing vines.
This was a project designed by on of my previous professors. I was given the opportunity to build it. The project mainly revolved around the curvy unit paver path. Davis, CA.
Davis, CA. View onto the from area of the site.
Davis, CA. Another part of the construction process was to ensure the health of an existing Crape Myrtle. With my woody plant knowledge in horticulture I was able to strategically prune so it may be a healthier tree and be a more attractive part of the landscape.
This was my first design/build project while a student at UC Davis. The project consisted of beautiful flagstones with creeping thyme and properly places boulders surround by different succulents. Davis. CA.
Davis. CA. The client wanted a visual feature without the extreme maintanence. Therefore, using the concept of Shakkei of borrowed views and scenery, I designed a psuedo pond made from pea gravel and colored broken glass. The neighbor had an existing water feature that would clearly audible and such would also aid in the feeling of a water feature but without the water. The psuedo pond was encompassed about by rushes and reeds along with boulders and sedum.
Davis, CA. A view of the flagstone path along the side yard several months after installation.
Davis. CA. View onto the side yard a year later with plants filling in.
Design/Build project that implemented the new and innovative technique called sheet mulching where you overlay the existing sod with layers of cardboard, mulch, and compost and then place small plants right into the mix. Davis, CA.
Davis, CA. The dry creek bed will not be dry during rain events. It will function as a water catchment area for water percolation to prevent water run-off to go straight into a nearby creek.
Davis, CA. Almost all of the vegetation is indigenous to the area and is incredibly drought tolerant and hardy.
Davis, CA. A view onto the landscape from the side gate.
Design project to come up with a planting plan for a client who wanted a variety of colors that are drought tolerant and preferably native to California. Roseville, CA.
Design project for a resident in Davis CA. She had a young family and wanted outdoor living area for entertainment as well as a more intimate setting. Outdoor dining, water features, fire hearth location, and rain gardens were designed for a resilient backyard. This is the layout plan.
Davis, CA. Planting plan highlighted many of the successful California natives that are extremely crucial to habitat, pollination, and food for local wildlife.
A concept plan for a current client in Warwick, RI. My first east coast project.
All of these projects occurred while a student. The client's usually sought out student work and I was fortunate to win the project. Some of the projects were design/build opportunities while others only wanted/needed designs. With each project I learned a great deal about plant choice, bidding, construction and installation techniques, and how to communicate with and provide service for the client.