For this front yard project in Santa Rosa, the challenge was to take a tired front lawn and boxwood hedge and turn it into something more captivating and low water use.
To accomplish this we removed an old concrete pathway and installed a new curving paver entry walkway with inlaid boulders from an adjacent dry stream bed. At the entry a new Bluestone porch with space for seating was installed. Plantings focused low maintenance selections that dramatically cut water use. In an effort to mitigate effects of the on-going drought, we limited the planting footprint of the property to key areas.
The result was a front yard that has drawn raves in the neighborhood and will continue to mature and grow into something special.
We used O’Connell Landscape to reimagine our front yard. This was our second project with the O’Connell team.
One of the main attractions of using O’Connell Landscape is that they are a design build firm. This is much less hassle than dealing with two separate firms. Another advantage of working with a design build firm is being able to quickly accommodate design changes and the unexpected.
The design phase is made easier because not only does Michael have wonderful creative ideas but he welcomes your input as well. He also will gently tell you if your ideas are unworkable or could be improved upon.
OCL provides detailed quotes. Working with Michael we were able to figure how much to do in this phase. Additionally, the change orders were minimal.
The OCL build team are true craftsmen in all aspects of landscaping, including grading, paver installation, concrete and planting. The build phase clicked along like clock work and was finished when projected.
Professionalism and excellent communications are evident throughout. Michael keeps his team and the client up to date. You always know where you are schedule and budget wise. When completed you receive a booklet on all your systems (e.g., water, lights) and how to care for the plants.
In summary the project finished on time and in budget. It was professionally executed. We are delighted with the outcome.
-Sylvia & Jim, Santa Rosa
Design, Before & After Images
Drought Resistant Plantings from this Project
From our Awesome Plantmaster Database