Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate | Paso Robles, CA

Tucked just off of Vineyard Drive, Brecon Estate’s tasting room offers a shady oasis in the west-Paso heat. Once parked in the parking lot, visitors follow an array of California native plants to a weathered steel bridge. Upon crossing, they find themselves passing under the dappled shade of oak trees and see the clearing that leads them straight to the comfortably-contemporary tasting room. The landscape highlights the features of the building using upright grasses, and colors that contrast against the structure. Tree and plant selections closer to the seating area add to the cooling effect created by the natural landscape. The natural stone retaining walls are used to create tiered spaces, including lawns and a bocce court, creating plenty of usable space while paying homage to the natural surroundings.

 

Design: Aidlin Darling. Madrone Landscapes. Install: Madrone Landscapes

 

Harmony Ranch

Harmony Ranch

Harmony Ranch | Harmony, CA

The surrounding coastal hills of this residence are prone to heavy winds and beautiful vistas. In an effort to shield this home from view from the road, a large grassy mound protects the home from prevailing wind and hides it from sight. The native and drought-tolerant grasses flow in the wind and simulate a contemporary version of the surrounding grass-covered hills. A mixture of pervious gravel and modular concrete situate use patterns, while the native mature Oak trees provide instant habitat.

The deer-fenced orchard and vegetable garden features raised planters, composting bins, and a pavilion, mostly constructed with locally sourced redwood.

Landscape Design: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape | Landscape Construction: Madrone Landscapes | Residence Architect: Studio 2G | Residence Contractor: Semmes & Co. Builders, Inc.

Woodland Cottage Garden

Woodland Cottage Garden

Woodland Cottage Garden | Atascadero, CA

 
Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes

 

Award: 2019 Large Residential CLCA Award Winner

Coastal Contemporary

Coastal Contemporary

Coastal Contemporary | Cayucos, CA

This custom residential home is designed in a contemporary style by Jade Architecture, set in a beautiful mixed evergreen forest along the northern central coast. The home was built off-grid by Semmes and Co. Builders and features rammed earth.

Madrone’s award-winning landscape design seamlessly bridges the substantial transition between the unique contemporary architecture to the surrounding mixed evergreen forest, maximizing usable outdoor space and minimizing maintenance and all energy inputs.

The project was sited in an area where minimal tree removal or mitigation was necessary. Madrone’s design used native drought-tolerant plants in a modern styling. The simple, low-maintenance plant palette utilizes foliage color and texture to create a dramatic effect alongside the modern home.

Outdoor living spaces were maximized through a custom water wall, stepping stones and pavers, and a lawn area created from a native turf substitute.

Residence Architect: Jade Architecture | Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes 
Award: 2020 Green Landscape Honor Award, Central Coast Green Building Chapter
Award: CLCA Design/Build Award 2019

SLO Backyard Retreat

SLO Backyard Retreat

Backyard Retreat | San Luis Obispo, CA

This San Luis Obispo backyard features several areas for gathering, including outdoor dining and a cozy fire feature for cool winter evenings. A stairway traverses the lushly planted hillside to a raised-bed vegetable garden.

The planting palette includes several drought-tolerant succulents such as Blue Glow Agave and Foxtail Agave. Other varietals include Sun Camellia (Camellia sasnqua), Variegated Japanese Sedge (Carex Oshimensis), Bush Anemone (Soleirolia soleirolii ), and a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama).

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes