Artisan TudorMediterranean Landscape, San Francisco

We developed this landscape over several years in close study with the Architects and Clients, who were committed to artisan-quality construction in every detail of the home and landscape. Each level of the house and terraced landscape boasts magnificent views to San Francisco.

The steep site and the clients’ love of rustic stone lead us to create a series of luxurious serpentine stone walls to chisel the hillside. On each terrace of the garden, the same walls frame and hug unique spaces for play, entertaining, relaxing and contemplation.

Each room of the house opens to a distinct, related garden room: a BBQ terrace with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven; a quiet terrace with aquatic plants, Japanese maples, and a mermaid sculpture; a lap pool and outdoor fireplace; and a guest house with a vegetable garden. The resulting landscape burgeons into a true feast for the senses.

Visitors are greeted at the street by stone columns supporting a tailored entry gate with Oak branch detailing. The gently sculpted driveway is flanked by Coast Live Oaks and California native plantings. At the top of the driveway, visitors are beckoned up to the main entry terrace by a grand sweeping staircase of Montana Cody stone steps. Before entering the main door of the house, one can rest on the stone seat-wall under a reclaimed redwood trellis and enjoy the calming waters of the custom limestone birdbath fountain.

From the Grand Lawn off the rear terrace of the house, the view to the city is framed by romantic gas lanterns set on bold stone columns. Although the site grades required guardrails on this main terrace, the view was maintained through minimal planting and the use of an infinity pond and hand crafted metal railings to contain the space.

The retaining walls of the Grand Lawn became a canvas for us to design unique water features. We hired a local stone sculptor, a local metal sculptor and a top-notch pool company to help us create a boulder water wall and artistic bronze fountainheads that thunder down into the pool: both playful and grandiose in one gesture.

Architect: Graff Architects

General Contractor: Young & Burton

Treve Johnson Photography

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sucasa2 wrote:May 10, 2013
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    David Thorne Landscape Architect
    We would suggest working with an artisan metalworker or blacksmith; assuming you are working with a designer on this project, he or she should be able to make recommendations for a local artisan. During the design process, we recommend creating cardboard mock-ups to make get the desired size and proportions correct. We have found it useful to have full scale mock-ups onsite to see if they fit well with the landscape. Having the blacksmith provide finish samples is also helpful.
  • mjkjrobinson

    The waterfall and pool are gorgeous, I guess really there water spouts! This is awesome!

Jennifer Sanders-Brisbon wrote:Nov 20, 2014
  • Jennifer Sanders-Brisbon
    Yes we do live in the Bay Area , can you give me places to visit ? Thank you
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    David Thorne Landscape Architect
    Jennifer, we recommend trying American Soil and Stone in Richmond or Morgan’s Masonry Supply in San Ramon. If you live in the South Bay, Lyngso Garden Materials may have something similar. Hope this helps you with your project!

    David Thorne Landscape Architect

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Whitecroft Developments Ltd added this to LordswoodAug 27, 2019

would you include a water feature in the future?

Jim Gagliardi added this to landscapingFeb 21, 2019

wall on the pool line with water feature

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