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Tip of the hat…

»Posted on Nov 1, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Tip of the hat…

It’s been 25 years since the time a salesman at Lifetime Pools, Shannon by name, introduced himself to me, having bid on a number of my plans that crossed his desk. We have worked on many jobs through the years since then. They appreciate my designs and clarity of plans and I like their attention to detail when laying out and constructing my designs and that doesn’t end with just the pool. Lifetime Pools can work with their team of proven landscape contractors who can build all elements of the landscape such as shade structures, pool house, outdoor kitchens/bbq’s, custom paving, planting and irrigation. When my plans are followed faithfully my clients are happy and that make me happy. Tip of the hat to Lifetime Pools!...

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Bringing In The New Year

»Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Bringing In The New Year

My latest “iron in the fire” aside from landscape design is the book I just published a month ago. What it is not is a book on garden design or plants or sustainability or anything like that – it’s a book on character carving! That’s right, but I’m not talking about the sitt’n on the front porch rocker whittlin a stick like a scene from Deliverance carving. I’ve done some wood carving but that includes the occasional blood letting that occurs when the pressure you exert with the blade in one hand exceeds the resistance of the wood you’re holding in the other – ouch! No, I’m talking about sweet potato carving, you know, the ones you buy at the grocery store. They’re easy to carve without the...

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Let’s Get Started #2

»Posted on Dec 28, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Let’s Get Started #2

OK. I’m back with our backyard concept plan. This is how I would begin the design journey with all of my clients – I’m no exception! Back in Willow Glen we enjoyed a rather deep, albeit, narrow yard. I liked it… From my point of view it lent itself well to a layered, experiential view from the back patio – one that’s not easily seen and understood in one glance, a sense of unfolding mystery. When we were in the market for a new home, I was looking for a backyard reminiscent of Willow Glen. I didn’t find it… Even when we discovered this place I was disappointed with the grounds because it was too shallow where I wanted it deep and too wide where I wanted it narrow. At least, this is what I thought in the...

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Let’s Get Started #3

»Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Let’s Get Started #3

It’s hot and the dust is flying! That’s right, construction has begun, I’m excited but Lois is noticing a fine layer of sediment accumulating on the window sills! The first thing to do is to demo the existing concrete, wood steps and wood benches and the old lawn. Next, the heavy equipment moves in to cut back the slope just outside the kitchen porch to make room for the new courtyard and stone retaining walls. Now, we can layout the stone walls that will define the new courtyard. I used single and double head size boulders with one 996 lbs boulder to add some conversational interest to the wall. I got the interlocking paving stones at South County Building Material in Gilroy, CA – they were on sale! Here, we’re laying out the...

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Let’s Get Started!

»Posted on Oct 10, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Let’s Get Started!

Let’s Get Started! A few weeks ago I began a “shovel ready” project, but I’m a Landscape Architect so you’d expect that! This project is unique though as it happens to be our own backyard. Lois and I have lived in Willow Glen for the past 26 years and our kids grew up there. Our daughter has since graduated from Cal Poly and is on her own. Our son attends UCI and is studying Aerospace Engineering – tough major. Incidentally, you can view our Willow Glen backyard by going to the Gallery Page at dubridgedesign.com. As empty nesters we decided to move to Gilroy where we bought a home in the beautiful west foothills just a few months ago to enjoy a more rural setting. We love the house and the countryside but the yard was less than...

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