"I could not be more pleased with the work that Alan's company has done in completely transforming the backyard of my town home from an overgrown, plant-filled, unusable space -- to two separate levels of paved patios below my deck -- one level with a beautiful fire pit and the second with a lovely water feature that feels zen-like. Where before we only looked down at the plants, now we are drawn down there -- and it feels wonderful to have taken a smallish backyard area and expanded so that it is not only usable, but also just makes you want to go down and sit and enjoy! Alan's team (led by Hugo and Ken) could not have been more professional. They were always on time, very courteous, did a thorough clean-up at the end of each day, and I'll even say, artists in their own right. Ken's work in building the fire pit was detailed and finished perfectly. He worked on it like it was his own... I couldn't be more happy with the finished result -- it FAR exceeds my expectations!!! To Alan and his team, a big thank you!" Coby S. (Fall 2015)"- Coby S.
At Sunset's invitation, we prepared digital before and after images of possible designs based upon a fixed budget for a small home in Redwood City, California. Three designers were invited to submit designs. All were asked to stay within the budget.
The other two designers submitted fabulous gardens. We did a simple plan that could actually be done for the amount specified. Imagine that, a contractor that comes in on budget!
- Accent Rocks
We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.
With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.
You can choose from a wide variety of flat stone paving or flagstone.
We most often use Montana slate, but also work frequently with flat granite, Wilkinson stone, tumbled slate, and a host of other types.
Usually set in a crushed rock base covered with compacted sand, the stone can also be mortared, custom cut, and fit against other styles of paving for a more eccentric look.
We do a lot of patios. Keep in mind that you may need a slightly bigger space than you think to set a four-person table where you can still move your chair back without stepping onto the adjacent lawn or bed area.
First you determine the shape and then you choose the materials. We'll give you a catalog showing stone selections as well as other types of paving to help you choose. You can also visit our sample library in Redmond for more information.
Add pots and a few Adirondack chairs and...well, suffice it to say that we have to look at the size carefully.
- Planting Beds
Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."
As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.
- Rock Steps
These simple rock steps, made up of fitted small boulders, are one of the longest-lasting and most cost-effective ways to make steps. We can also make them from flagstone and other types of rock.
Creating a pathway through a native area or simply from the garage to the rear patio enables you to fully access your property.
It can also create a distinctive and low-maintenance transition between beds and lawn areas.
Constructed of crushed rock, flagstone, pavers, concrete or wood, pathways are one of the most common installations for our experienced crews.
We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.
Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.
Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.