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Garden Architecture/Robert Trachtenberg

Working in collaboration with architect Marshall Schneider and interior designer Jean Larette, our team created a series of outdoor spaces that took full advantage of the sweeping views of vineyards, and ridgelines.
All photography by Robert Trachtenberg

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jackhawkins1984 wrote:
landscape - I want to put in a fire pit in the back yard. I know I cannot just pour concrete on the ground. What do I create as a base before I put the concrete down? Can I just put a few slabs of wood down into the ground? bryanflake1984|
   Comment   May 15, 2014
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Ideally what you want to do is dig out a little bit, back fill with compactable class II road base and then pour your concrete pad with rebar (in a perfect world.) The wood would rot over time and cause the concrete to crack and eventually fail. If you're looking at prefab options, you can let that sit on the gravel you already have and probably be happy with the result and it would be cost efficient. Good luck!
July 11, 2014 at 1:53PM   
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s1mpl3 wrote:
base & gravel - Love the look of ground cover. What base is used here? Is it decomposed granite? and what's the size and name of gravel? is it bird's eye brown pea gravel? Thanks.
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I would also like to know the name of the rock or other material for the Territorial utlise your soil.
April 25, 2014 at 8:37AM   
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esdunbar wrote:
where is this table from? - where is that table from? I have been looking for a chunky - wood or concrete outdoor table. please help!
   Comment   July 13, 2012
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this table was custom made in Brazil
September 27, 2012 at 2:53PM   
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Natalie Wertz wrote:
who is the manufacturer of the fireplace?
   Comment   April 29, 2014
gupang wrote:
Is there infill under concrete patio or is it all concrete? - Lovely patio/backyard! Was wondering how the patio was formed. It does not seem too high, but that is still a lot of concrete if there is no infill below.
   Comment   February 3, 2014
jtempero wrote:
Chairs? - Where can I purchase these chairs?
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