Almaden Valley #2

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As the children grew up the landscape got old. My clients decided it was time for a backyard facelift. They required a swimming pool for the kids but needed space for themselves and their friends. The fast pace of Silicon Valley demanded ease of maintenance, hence the automatic pool cover. DuBridge Landscape Architecture not only developed concept plans and working drawings but oversaw the construction of the pool, terrace, overhead structures and the planting to be sure that the plan was executed perfectly. We also drew up plans for the bathroom addition which can be seen as the shed roof attached to the house. The result was a comfy observation terrace for the adults with wonderful views across the Santa Clara Valley to the coast range beyond and for the kids a...

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My clients wished to create the look of the  subtropics here in the cooler climate of Hillsborough. We salvaged an existing arbor in the backyard of their older ranch house but everything else went. In designing the pool we used artificial stone and coping. Mosaic glass tile was used to reduce the amount of stone and highlight the spa. Other features included but not seen in these images are the screen and projection TV, the BBQ island and the enclosed equipment room. Planting urns set on heavy plinths along the back side of the lawn add a repetitive design element with their bold, contrasting color against the grass green backdrop of Mexican Weeping Bamboo. Palms, cycads and hot colors finish the planting palette to this “island...

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San Jose

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Long but shallow, this Silver Creek Valley backyard in San Jose did not function well. The existing bbq was inadequate and ill placed, the patio was fragmented and the lawn was disproportionately large and wasteful. The owner wanted a large spa as their water feature. We suggested an alternate concept – a pool/spa combo and they got on board with the idea. To maximize space the pool was set on the rear setback line. To create a rhythmic, unifying theme a stone wall and pilasters were designed for the back of the pool to support planted urns. The existing shade structure was kept and reworked. The new BBQ allows for an expanded flagstone patio and now the lawn balances the far end of the...

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Almaden Valley #3

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This classic Italianate styled garden steps down a steep slope in Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA. On the upper terrace, we designed a stone privacy wall, outdoor fireplace, heater and BBQ station all flanked by rustic, over-grouted stone columns supporting a heavy-timbered shade structure. The observation deck just off the terrace and above the pool offers a terrific view of the valley and the hills. Descending the stairs leads to the sun-drenched pool and travertine terrace. The client, originally from Bulgaria, loves the old world...

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Almaden Valley #1

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The site for this project was a wasteland of home construction drop-offs and concrete wash-outs. The homeowner’s requirements were clear: they wanted it to look and feel like a resort, not a dump. The outdoor kitchen required both gas and mesquite grills, side burners, warming drawer, frig, trash bin, sink, storage doors, wet bar and a counters for eating and drinking. The swimming pool needed to be drop dead gorgeous yet playful for the kids. DuBridge Landscape Architecture provided the concept plan and working drawings to build the outdoor kitchen, the pool with a raised spa, beach entry, vanishing edge, waterfall, motor court and vineyard. A good design is the heart and sole of the project but it is the attention to construction detail that distinguishes an...

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Willow Glen

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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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