West Berkeley Family Haven

Mediterranean, Native
About This Project

The recently installed walkway and driveways of this West Berkeley residence were uneven and unsafe. There were tripping hazards and no paved area to safely exit the family minivan. Rather than demolishing everything and starting over we devised a way to edit and resurface the paving with a concrete overlay product. We added natural stone tile banding and made a significant improvement without much budget or carbon footprint.

We converted an existing poorly constructed bocce court in the long narrow side yard into a garden path lined with raised beds for vegetables and plants that attract pollinators.

Our client had a strong preference for low water use and low maintenance so we installed a large synthetic turf area beneath a play structure in the backyard.

Our masons installed terra cotta tile patios and walkways, and a cast in place concrete counter while our carpenters constructed a redwood pergola. Our design team selected a combination of Mediterranean and native California drought tolerant plantings for the garden spaces. Our planting palate for this garden included manzanita, ceanothus huckleberry, rockrose, lavender, germander, and other drought tolerant plants. The garden is maintained by our garden care team to guide the garden as it grows.