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Saratoga #1

»Posted on May 31, 2012 in Gallery | Comments Off on Saratoga #1

This is a fun project. Beginning with a weed covered hillside – the make over into a resort-like “Indiana Jones adventure” for kids (and their parents) is terrific. The terraced landscape is covered in lush planting, lawns, play equipment, “secret” passageways, pool, swim-in grotto and a kids only cave entrance. The ‘piece de resistance’ – is a water slide that shoots through the ‘mountain’ to the pool below! Other features built from plans by Dubridge Design is a heavy timbered shade structure, patio, sunken gazebo with fireplace, cabana, sound and light system, fire pit, a complete outdoor kitchen and a covered outdoor wet...

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Saratoga #2

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This house was a cool grey with a disappointing view out the kitchen window of an unusable slope. However, the owners dreamed of changing this into a warm Mediterranean landscape. First we chose an earth tone house color, then selected a palette of warm, natural material for landscape construction. The backyard was leveled, retained and the perimeters defined with turned stone balusters. The pool and lawn areas are formal arabesque in style. The outdoor kitchen and fireplace is open yet defined by the raised bar. Eventually, the heavy timber shade structure will add height and further definition to this beautiful Saratoga,...

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Willow Glen

»Posted on May 31, 2012 in Gallery | Comments Off on Willow Glen

This charming 1920s bungalow in the historic Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose was the perfect setting for just this backyard. The narrow but deep lot lends drama, mystery and a touch of nostalgia to the landscape as you stroll through the garden. The patio itself is a cozy sanctuary for conversation and entertaining. With the BBQ, easy indoor accessibility, outdoor furniture, lighting, sound system and tiki torches lit up at night an entire summer’s evening can fly by in good conversation. But there’s more, as you move through the yard, the koi pond emerges, revealing waterfalls, beautiful planting, hungry fish, birds and the occasional...

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San Jose / Dry Creek

»Posted on Apr 29, 2012 in Gallery | Comments Off on San Jose / Dry Creek

DuBridge Landscape Architecture, aka, DuBridge Design, was brought into this job, the prestigious Dry Creek Rd area of San Jose, during the closing months of house construction. The first thing we did was to pull the driveway to the far left instead of the current drive up the middle. This created better access to the carport/garage and a dramatic pedestrian approach to the grand front entry. We also incorporated two pedestals on either side of the entry archway which helped unify the architecture with the entry walk and landscape – we’re still hoping the owners will place Greek urns on each. With the new driveway location we were then able to dedicate the yard to beautiful landscaping, raised terraces, a “cigar smokers” patio and an outdoor fireplace. In the...

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Cool View

»Posted on Oct 12, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Cool View

I am currently working on an amazing site in Hillsborough with a past client who has just purchase a new home. The backyard is quite wooded thanks to mature heritage oaks on site as well as the borrowed canopy from beyond. However, the real point of interest is the sensational view corridor that runs the length of the backyard and off into the distant flight pattern of approaching aircraft landing at SFO. So commanding is the view, that as the landscape architect/designer, my focus is to orient the back patio and spa to align with and take advantage of this great situation. The spa will be a unique point of interest, too. Roughly 14×14′ it will separate the guests from the view with a dramatic vanishing edge that drops off to the lawn level below. Also...

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