Kathleen Shaeffer Design, Exterior Spaces

Services Provided
Design and consultation services for exterior residential spaces.

Areas Served
Northern California. Primarily, Santa Cruz county, Monterey Bay, and San Francisco Bay areas.

Business Description
I am a landscape designer living in Santa Cruz, California. I have been designing residential gardens and exterior spaces throughout the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco bay areas since 1991.

Certification and Awards
Certified member of Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
Recipient of a Sunset Magazine Western Garden Design Award of Excellence
Santa Cruz, CA US 
Kathleen Shaeffer 
135 Shelter Lagoon Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
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My Houzz: Bright Island Style for a Florida Vacation Home

Hand-me-downs and new pieces mix happily in a midcentury home on a sunny South Florida island Full Story
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“Without good clients, you can't have good architecture.” – Steven Holl, American architect.

Kurt and Virginia were these great clients, who, when I introduced the house to them (and later also the architect), right off the bat they recognized it for its wonderful potential and precious location. The pix shown here are great, but in reality the home is even much nicer... Matching the owners, I have to say.

Plug: There are hardly any Simonson designs left in the area, but when they or other modernist architecture in South Florida comes up for sale, you will find them on http://www.ModernSouthFlorida.com.
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I love it too; I love mid century modern and even 70's style split levels. I increasingly like modern in general, because of its brightness and clean lines. But what if this house were not at the beach but in the mountains? I'm looking at an 80's modern house which would be easy to remodel if it were at the beach, but instead it's in the mountains. I'm looking for ways to modernize and mountainize it without trying to make it something it's not.

For example, the whole house has whitewashed ceilings (many of them 2+ stories high) and I was told $45k to un-whitewash them. So I've looked at some examples of Scandinavian modern here in Houzz, and other homes that keep the whitewash ceiling while adding darker woods on the floors. Some have said it looks like European mountain style.

The remodel is going to be super expensive, just replacing the 30 year old windows will be at least $150k. And I can probably build from scratch for less, although building would probably have cost overruns too, and there aren't any good lots for sale currently. I feel that I need to learn more about 80's modern architecture and then I will accept this more for what it is. Any thoughts about this style?
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Review by londapatch:

My introduction to Kathleen’s design work was when I owned a fabulous townhouse with a thirty-foot-wide by ten-foot-deep yard. The dining room’s six-foot slidi...
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Review by dbalsam:

Kathleen approached my backyard landscape project with an open ear, open mind, and tons of creativity. She took the very basic concepts that I presented, and w...
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Review by Laura Livingston Landscapes:

I first met Kathy after seeing one of her landscape plans. What I noticed was her plan didn't have that same generic design look that I had seen over and over. ...
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Review by pryland:

Kathleen designed my inner courtyard. She designed everything the fountain, the tile to color of the walls. She was a pleasure to work with, very professional...
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Review by donnafedor:

My experience with Kathleen in designing and implementing our garden was excellent. She had a great process for understanding our needs and desires and likes a...
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Review for Laura Livingston Landscapes:

Laura and I have collaborated on many projects over the last 15 years. She and her crew bring exceptional, sensitive work to each project. She is an excellent...
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