An Urban Retreat


The challenge of this garden was to create separate outdoor rooms for both the main house and the new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) called the "Songbird Urban Retreat".   The space was divided with a creative layout that utilizing privacy fencing, plantings, and a pergola.  

Other amenities include off-street parking, distinctive seating areas, landscape lighting, water features, accent boulders, exhuberant plantings and an integrated trash enclosure.

An ADU Garden


These SE Portland homeowners wanted to achieve a lot in a fairly small space. The primary design goal here was to create a shared outdoor living space between their house and newly-built accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and offer privacy from the street. The homeowners also wanted a place to entertain guests and a raised bed for growing their own vegetables. This was a collaborative process with many iterations. We chose permeable pavers and drywells to mitigate storm water run-off and offer ADA accessibility. To keep the garden low-maintenance, we opted for natives with low moisture requirements such as evergreen hucklberry, sword fern, ocean spray and vine maple. A unique feature is the custom fire pit.

A Garden Oasis


You don’t need a big space to create big impact. A basalt water feature helped transform this postage stamp-sized yard into a modern oasis. Bamboo, in black containers, offer year-round interest and privacy from neighbors.


A Contemporary Courtyard Garden


The challenge for this project was to create a tranquil outdoor living area that was harmonious with the contemporary architecture of the ADU.  From the layout of the hardscaping to the selection of specific plant materials, every detail was carefully considered. Components includes a main patio, sunken fire pit area, built-in cedar bench, bubbling water feature, landscape lighting, and specimen bamboos.   The result is a complete garden that flows seamlessly with the interior spaces... aesthetically and functionally.  

A Front Yard Transformation


These homeowners came to me with designs already in-hand, and I worked to implement those plans to rewrite the story of their front yard.  The garden includes bluestone entry and secondary paths, accent boulders, a small seating area, a rain garden to collect roof run-off, and new plantings.

A Strolling Garden


This project first required addressing several drainage issues to collect and direct stormwater away from the house. An old rotting deck was dismantled in favor of a mortared flagstone patio. I realigned several dry-laid paths to better engage people as they move through the space.  Basalt steps set into a sloping lawn eased the transition to the lower lawn.  Since the homeowner is an avid gardener, we also worked to maximize garden bed space.

Woodwork Gallery


Sometimes homeowners aren't looking to transform their entire landscape.  Here are some examples of smaller projects- fences, gates, arbors, decks, benches and raised vegetable beds I have designed and/or built at various sites.  

Hardscape Gallery


Here are some examples of components I have designed and built at various sites, including stone and brick patios, retaining walls, pathways, steps, and landscape lighting. Some are mortared, others are dry-laid, depending on the desired look and required function.

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