Atascadero Oak Woodland

Atascadero Oak Woodland

Oak Woodland | Atascadero, CA

In the hills of Atascadero, this residence rests on a peak amid the shade of large, stately oak trees.

The landscape includes a redwood staircase with dg treads built into the hill, allowing full access to the best views on the property. The planting design plays off of the oaks, using a variety of textures and natives, while low-spreading plants provide erosion control and aesthetically pleasing views from below.

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes

Mediterranean Residence

Mediterranean Residence

Mediterranean Residence | Paso Robles, CA

This Mediterranean residence makes outdoor living more comfortable. A soft plant palette frames the incredible views of the property, and the architectural succulents, grasses, and other low-growing plants maintain the sustainable, low-water-use design.

Some of the plants include: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Century Agave (Agave Americana), Variegated Century Agave (Agave americana ‘Variegata’), Whale’s Tongue Agave (Agave ovatifolia), Sunset Rockrose (Cistus ‘Sunset’), California Rush (Juncus patens), and Catmint (Nepeta x fassennii ‘Walker’s Low’).

Landscape Design and Construction: 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.

Hotel SLO

Hotel SLO

Hotel SLO | San Luis Obispo, CA

Located in San Luis Obispo’s vibrant downtown, this boutique hotel features contemporary landscapes with outdoor terraces and gardens. The four-level, 78-room property is nestled between historic downtown buildings and the roof-top lounge offers view of the inland hills. The selection and sourcing of specimen trees and other plants including a six-foot organ pipe cactus were closely coordinated during the early phases of design with Gensler Architects. This proactive approach proved beneficial when a 5,500-lb olive tree was craned in over four stories of building to set the tree to the precision of inches. The coordination of complex smart irrigation systems through hundreds of tons of concrete were regularly discussed with plumbing and electrical subcontractors.

 

Landscape Design: Gensler Architects | Landscape Construction: Madrone Landscapes and JW Design

Madrone Landscapes was already on board when I came onto the team for the Hotel SLO project, but it was immediately evident that they were an invested part of the process. Daniel was on top of submittals, and he made sure there was complete team buy-in on plant selection and sourcing. During landscape installation, I was impressed with the quality of their work. We were stacking trades tightly to meet construction milestones, and I appreciated Madrone’s willingness to work around those other trades. I would recommend Madrone Landscapes in a heartbeat.

Joel Neel

Project Manager, JW Design

Pataye Residence

Pataye Residence

Pataye Custom Private Residence | Cayucos, CA

The Pataye 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 landscape design needed to seamlessly bridge 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