Residential Remodels Part 2

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For this remodel, we removed a large section of lawn and added an outdoor entertainment space. The gas fireplace and pavers are manufactured by Belgard. We added a 6" concrete curb around the patio to contain the pavers. Flowering Plum 'Purple Pony', potted 5'H Boxwood Spirals, and Liriope 'Silvery Sunproof' were planted for color and texture contrast. Low voltage spotlights were added to the plum trees.
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Here are some great before and after photos of the remodel of a small, but highly visible portion of a large back yard. We removed some existing plant material and flagstone, modified the irrigation system, added colored concrete to match existing, added new plants and pots, installed decorative rock, and completed the design with low voltage lighting.
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This project was a combination design/build and drawing plans. I worked with the owners & their contractors on the design & installation of the new stairway from the street, paver walkway to the front porch, and new driveway. I drew plans for the planting, sod and low voltage landscape lighting.
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I worked for this client several years ago when she lived at another property and had the privilege to do so again at her new home. The home was built in the 1930's and she had already removed most of the existing landscape except for one Deodar Cedar and two Crape Myrtles. We regraded the back yard, added new irrigation, new sod lawn, patio cover with sky lights and power, T Arbor, fountain, landscape lights, brick lawn border and pathway, new plant material, & stepping stones.
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The front yard of this beautiful home had an established lawn with no plants in the flowerbeds. We modified the irrigation system, added drains, and added a 24" box tree and some 5 gallon shrubs. I drew a simple planting concept that the owners used to complete the planting. Stattice, 'Limemound' Spiraea, and 'Preference' rose trees, 'Mistral' azaleas, and a 'Dynamite' Crape Myrtle multi trunk will provide color throughout most of the year.
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The lawn in this backyard struggled due to lack of sun from large Coast Redwood trees. The shade allowed for some fun planting opportunities like Clivia, shade Azaleas, Camellias, and ferns. The lawn was removed and we added a second brick retaining wall that ties into the wall around the pool. We removed and replaced the pool deck and added a brick bordered, split level patio at the former lawn. We amended the soil, installed a new drain & irrigation system, added all new understory plants, and landscape lighting. We also installed a fountain in the raised bed behind the pool. In the front yard we added a few plants and trees, and some annual color.
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The owners of this property had recently completed an addition to their residence and were ready to proceed to the front yard. They wanted to preserve a large existing Phoenix Palm, add a tall courtyard wall, fountain, pavers, and tropical plants. The curved courtyard wall is finished to match the residence, including the roof tiles as a wall cap. A unit paver pathway was added from the driveway to the front door, through the courtyard, and to the side yard. The fountain, selected by the owners, was added as a focal point in the center of the largest section of the courtyard space. Queen Palms, Windmill Palm, roses, and Kangaroo Paw are some of the plants added to the courtyard.
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We met the owners of this property at the 2011 Fresno Home & Garden Show. They loved the display we constructed for the landscape competition & wanted us to recreate part of it in their backyard. We removed some existing plant material, removed & reset landscape boulders, added a large patio and seat wall, added a patio cover, T Arbor, & outdoor shower, and installed of drains, irrigation, a retaining wall, new plants and landscape lighting.
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