Madrone Landscapes has been honored with the Central Coast Green Building Chapter Green Landscape Award for the Pataye residence.
The beautiful Pataye residence is a contemporary, off grid home featuring rammed earth blocks and set in a forest along the northern central coast of California. Madrone Landscapes incorporated the contemporary architecture with the mixed evergreen forest, maximizing usable outdoor space while minimizing maintenance and energy inputs.
The award-winning design includes a simple, low-maintenance plant palette to complement and showcase the modern home design, using native, drought-tolerant plants with dramatic details and striking contrasts. The foliage color and texture to create an impressive effect alongside the modern home.
Madrone Landscapes’ entry courtyard feature has a one-of-a-kind water wall that collects and cascades into a large reflection pool, stimulating all the senses. The diagonally-set pavers, featuring locally-sourced rock mulch, provide a striking accent that helps tie the contemporary with the surrounding landscape. Solar panels were installed to efficiently and automatically power low voltage LED lighting off the grid. Madrone also created a lawn area with a beautiful, native turf substitute.
A subsurface drip irrigation system was installed to conserve water, reduce environmental impact and maintenance. A ‘smart’ irrigation controller was included which draws satellite weather information and automatically adjusts run times and saves water. Madrone’s design also redirects rainfall to the nearby natural creeks and watershed.
Madrone Landscapes wishes to thank the Pataye family and the Central Coast Green Building Chapter for this honor.
Project Architect: Jade Architecture Contractor: Semmes and Co. Builders Qualified Nurseries: West Covina, Boething Treeland, Native Sons and Village Nurseries
2019 continues to fly by, and as Spring came to a close we
were honored to once again participate in the California Landscape Contractor’s
Association’s Beautification Awards competition. This annual event invites Landscape
Contractors from throughout San Luis
Obispo County to submit their top projects to be judged by a panel of highly
regarded landscape professionals. Judging
of the projects is based on a strict criteria of artistic and technical
achievement, with a focus on quality and workmanship.
For this year’s event, Madrone Landscapes entered four of our recent projects, and we are excited to announce that allfour projects brought home top prizes in their respective categories! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the projects and delve into what makes them worthy of top honors!
Project Spotlight: Gampe Residence
Category: Medium Residential Landscape Installation
Place – Medium Residential Landscape Installation
Description: This project, completed in the Fall of 2018,
posed a tough design challenge as we were asked to make a big impact in a small
space. High end finishes like a stone
veneered retaining wall and a beautiful, flowing Sweetwater Flagstone patio
border helped provide the artistic touches that the Client was after. A beautiful blend of pea gravel and river
cobble does a wonderful job of complementing the drought tolerant plant palette,
creating pound for pound one of our favorite projects of the year. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results!
Project Spotlight: Humphrey Residence
Category: Large Residential Landscape Installation
Place – Large Residential Landscape Installation
Description: Nestled in a beautiful North County Live Oak
forest, this project combines all that makes landscaping on the Central Coast
of California so special. The
architecture and aesthetic of the home called for an updated take on the
‘English Cottage Garden’ aesthetic, which our designers were able to accomplish
through a predominately California Native plant palette. The beautiful custom
trellises in the back yard do a wonderful job of complimenting the accents of
the home, and provide an improved level of comfort and security as you enjoy
the lawn area – which is often used to host summer concerts for the client and
their friends. Stamped and colored
concrete walkways meander through the landscape, providing safe passage while softening
the rigidity often associated with the use of concrete. Several unique seating areas provide the
perfect vantage point to enjoy the abundance of birds, butterflies and bees
that frequent the garden. Overall, this project has proven to be an achievement
worthy of recognition!
Award: Design /
Build Award – All Categories (Installation)
Architect: Jade Architecture Builder: Semmes and Co. Builders (GC)
Description: Easily one of our favorite projects of the
past year, the Pataye Residence is one that demands you stop and take
notice. The architecture of this new
home and the natural beauty of the location are amazing on their own, so we
knew that only a contemporary take on the California Native garden would
suffice. Our designers opted to use Carex praegracillis in place of traditional
lawn, and chose to irrigate with sub-surface drip irrigation – conserving
water, and falling right in line with the environmental focus of this off-grid
masterpiece. The entry courtyard features a one-of-a-kind water wall which
collects and cascades into a large reflection pool, stimulating all the senses.
The unique details and high-end features of this project made it both fun and
gratifying to work on at every phase, and we are so excited to receive this
prestigious award for our efforts!
Project Spotlight: Edwards Residence
Category: Residential Estate Maintenance
Award – Best of All Categories (Maintenance)
Description: Completed in 2014, this gorgeous Madrone
landscape has been one of our favorites for a long time. The 5 acre property
features several acres of vineyard, as well as numerous outdoor living spaces
surrounded by beautiful drought tolerant landscaping. Proper planning and installation has made
this property a dream to maintain. Now, as a budding 5 year old landscape, we
felt it was time for this property to get the recognition that it
deserves. Our wonderful clients
recognize the maintenance needs of such a gorgeous property, and encourage us
to take the time to focus on the details and keep things looking their
best. Kudos to our maintenance team for
doing such a great job and bringing home the highest landscape maintenance honor
in the County!