Sunol LandscapeModern Landscape, San Francisco

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Richard Simkus wrote:Oct 6, 2012
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    Wheat Lawn & Landscaping

    Mexican Beach Pebbles

  • mariguevara

    so clean and elegant! what is the name of the plant by the faucet?

msk823 wrote:Sep 27, 2012
  • Ancil Dennis
    Are those artificial plants or real ones? If real, how did you get them to grow in gravel?
  • rvpazmino
    beautiful color palette! Love the wood entry, too.
tjb8946 wrote:Aug 26, 2014
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    Red Mountain Media

    Oh, I was referring to the mexican beach pebbles. Sorry. Love your work Joseph.

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    Red Mountain Media

    Joseph, would love to get your take on what you would do to finish the left side (connect drive to courtyard)



Jill Diggs wrote:Jun 3, 2013
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    Lake Jewel Farms
    I am very happy with the landscape design you have done it's beautiful.
  • siimwebruce59

    Are the stones really blue and where can I get them?

Cindy Sampson wrote:Aug 26, 2016
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    Huettl Landscape Architecture

    Including that and other areas, I think we used about 1 ton. Usually figure about a 2" layer over less expensive base rock.

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    Red Mountain Media

    I'd like to use the mexican beach pebbles between the pavers for the walk path I'm going to lay to connect my drive to the courtyard in the pic below. The ground is hard clay and water runoff accumulates here from the slope then drains away through a 12 foot long channel drain. What would you suggest for paver base over the clay? Sand or 89/10 crushed or both?

Adam Gatan wrote:Mar 24, 2013
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    If they mess up and wait too long it can be acid etched.
  • kjomanor

    i like the feel of smooth concrete but am worried about slipping outdoors. when you say light wash am i correct in thinking it is neither acid etch or sand finish? just a power wash? does that make the surface too slippery when wet. we are in the pacific nw. thanks!!!

pl13 wrote:Apr 18, 2013
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    landscapeg
    The Scofield Color Chart of Winter Beige and how the color appears in this picture looks really different. Did you do something to the color?
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    Thomas Development
    Check out concrete surface retarders like Dayton Superior Top Cast in the 05 or 25 strength. Applied while curing. Best way to go to get that finish.
catherinejoy74 wrote:Aug 8, 2012
  • wongval1

    Which color for Davis color. I'm getting my new patio and try to pick the color but not sure which gray you use? Light Gray, dark gray, or silversmoke? These are subtle in gray shade. Please help. Thanks

  • sillysquares

    Which light wash did you use? Top Cast 3 or Optimus ?

sandkastle wrote:Apr 20, 2012
  • Julie Casey
    Rain chains are actually very functional. The rain will drain down the chain, and into a receptacle. So yes, it does guide the rain water from the gutter to the ground. Then you can recycle the water in the receptacle for watering your lawn or plants. It is an eco friendly way to irrigate your lawn, and also looks really cool.
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    Huettl Landscape Architecture
    The chain guides the water to the drain pipe (visible) .
Kay Dee wrote:Jul 13, 2018
caitlin622 wrote:Apr 14, 2016
  • Matt S

    comment below says Concrete pavers were cast in place.

  • caitlin622
    I just finished this product and used 1/4 minus crushed because it's less likely to slide, in my rainy environment. And it compacted like sand.. Depends on your environment but be sure to compact or regret it later!!!
Danny wrote:Aug 21, 2015
  • samanthaeve

    I am also curious.. is it the way the photo is shaded? Are they grey? Where can we purchase?

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    Red Mountain Media

    mexican beach pebble is naturally blue

npatel58 wrote:Sep 21, 2012
Mark G wrote:Sep 5, 2012
cynpadco wrote:Aug 2, 2012
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    Huettl Landscape Architecture
    I don't remember whether they are 2'x3' or 18" x 30" or 18" x 36". We gap them 3" to 6" depending on application. Those are at about 3" gaps.
  • davkoe
    Where can you purchase pavers that size in the Bay Area?
Laura Lindquist wrote:Apr 23, 2012
1cutter1 wrote:Mar 14, 2011
  • srq620
    where can you buy river rock in bulk?
  • MJ
    i believe these are mexican beach pebbles, you will not get all grey if you just buy river rock.
illsa1 wrote:Mar 2, 2011
  • lokerstreet
    I was shocked but just found today at home depot ....in 12 and 16" squares
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    Red Mountain Media

    These are much larger than the 16 inch pavers stocked at Home Depot and Lowes.

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            What Houzz contributors are saying:

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            Flavin Architects added this to 5 Steps to a High-Impact Entry Garden for Your Modern HomeJul 22, 2016

            ‘Bright Edge’ Adam’s needle (Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’) grows in the foreground of this California garden, and ‘Elk Blue’ California Gray rush (Juncus patens ‘Elk Blue’) grows in the background. 5. Keep it simple. Understand and be realistic about your interest and time availability for maintaining the garden. When it comes to planting, less is often more. In this landscape design by Huettl Landscape Architecture, dark river rock contrasts with geometric concrete pavers. Ornamental grasses are kept to a minimum, reducing maintenance and watering that might come with a lawn or flower bed.

            frankorgan
            Frank Organ added this to The Right Stone for Your Garden DesignAug 6, 2014

            Ground cover. Low-maintenance gardens have become a priority for many of us, and garden designers are looking for interesting materials to replace lawns and borders that can fit the bill: low cost, easily installed and maintenance free.Pebbles and cobbles can be used as a low-maintenance ground cover in both traditional and contemporary gardens. The stones in this garden add texture to the design and contrast against the smooth concrete paving, while also providing a permeable mulch for the planting.

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            Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to Create a Fire-Safe Garden — With StyleAug 17, 2012

            3. MaintenanceOnce you've designed and built your firesafe landscape, maintenance is key to keeping it that way. Make sure you:Remove logs and stumps embedded in the soil within 100 feet of structures.Remove leaf clutter from roofs and gutters.Remove tall, dry grasses.Prune bushes and shrubs regularly to remove excess growth and dead leaves.Get rid of all the cuttings and debris ASAP.More: 10 Real Ways You Can Help After a House Fire

            mariannel
            Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Modern Garden StyleApr 10, 2012

            Hardscapes play a major role in contemporary design. Here, mixing and matching materials — concrete, gravel and decking — works. While each material defines a specific space, whether it's the garden bed, entry area or pathway, keeping each area the same relative size and on the same horizontal plane means no single material overpowers the others.

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            Debra Prinzing added this to Keep Your Garden in LinesMar 30, 2012

            Here's a closeup of the same type of path treatment, in which a powerful line is formed by evenly spaced stepping stones installed in a gravel bed. The bold path frames the home and also moves the eye through the landscape to the deck beyond.

            decordemon
            decordemon added this to 8 Great Ways to Use Landscape PaversFeb 4, 2011

            Rectangular pavers separated about four inches from one another can look look in sync with modern or transitional architectural. To save some cash, create a larger space between each. By the time you price it out, you'll realize the difference between 2 inches and 8 inches may be 8 full pavers, saving you hundreds of dollars...which you can then give to me to buy my own.

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