Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 8 6 The next level was designed as the natural area with two larger sitting areas shaded by existing trees. The stream, a recycled bridge, ponds and waterfalls granted visual interest from the rear of the house, and became an attraction for wildlife. Traditional and Formal Spaces The area surrounding the rear of the home became the main entertainment area. A retaining wall was designed and engineered to be one foot higher than the soil level opposite the walls around the rear of the house, and continued as a nonretaining wall around the south side and front courtyard of the house. Steps lead from the entertainment area to the turf and natural walkway. Precast caps and tile accents were used on the steps for interest. The garden by the office is a shade garden. All of the electrical and irrigation equipment is hidden near the house by the office. A new storage area was added near the garage with a double gate, allowing for another shade garden next to the wall. The view of the home from the street is the most formal aspect of the design. The client did not want a typical paver driveway, so it was designed with a quatrefoil pattern. Half circle traditional turf lawn bordered by paver mow curb and framed with a boxwood hedge and white iceburg roses sets the traditional formal stage. Two truckloads of soil were removed along with the large alder tree. A field dug olive tree was installed with a crane in front of the walled courtyard and is circled with Rockrose (Cistus). A custom wood trellis was installed for both vines and lighting over the garage doors. Team Landscape Architect: Legends Design Studio, Yvonne English Civil Engineer: CFR Engineering, Cesar Ramirez Structural Engineer: Phase II Engineering, Dawn Pasol Planting Design: Yvonne English, Margery Morris Contractors: Legends in Landscape Subcontractors: Cunningham Construction Plumbing: Joe Montano Pond and streams: Mystic Water Gardens Saddleback Valley Ornamental Iron: Custom iron railings, arches, front iron window Vendors Pacific Stone: precast, front fountain Lighting: SPJ Lighting Olsen Pavingstone: concrete interlocking paving Rounding out the natural area was the largest pond, a dry river bed swale, a drought-tolerant turf area ('El Toro' Zoysia), drought tolerant plants like lavender, a butterfly garden, and an olive tree transplanted from the front yard. Capistrano Continued from page 54 Fruit Trees: Durling Nursery Spiral Staircase: The Iron Shop

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