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Landscape architect Chuck McCulloch created an interplay of stone, brick and wood to meet the challenge of creating a flat backyard for hillside home in Orinda. The rear wall of the ranch-style home has nearly 10 sets of French doors to take advantage of the commanding view. Dan Fix combined diverse material to extend the usable area, even incorporating a little waterfall.

This design by Bay Area architect Ron Lutsko won a California State award for the hilly Orinda renovation. It features a cantilevered pool surrounded by flagstone coping and an arbor supported by stone columns and draped with wisteria. Large Arizona flagstone chunks were were fashioned by hand to make stair treads and the stones for paths leading to several patios at different locations on the hillside.

This project is designed around an already existing tennis court, the client built a workout / playroom along side the court and heavily landscaped the grounds. We installed walkways and steps around the property, linking the tennis court area with a bocce ball /horseshoe area, upper patio areas and the firepit. The steps are all large bluestone monoliths very heavy yet installed with precision, curving and beautiful. The pathways are meant to provide safe access and at the same time allow creeping ground cover to grow and soften the edges.

First-place winner of the 1996 California Landscape Contractors Association statewide award for residential renovation, this Layfayette residence features streams of handset Mexican pebbles flowing through the patios and around the new swimming pool. Landscape architect Chuck McCulloch called for patios that were created from multi-level river wash stones which Dan Fix set on concrete bases so they would remain in place solidly. Large river-washed boulders stand as silent sentinals in the perennial borders arching around green lawns.