Brentwood Masterpiece: Tranquil, Neighborhood-Friendly, and Low Maintenance.
Landscape Service Performed: fire pit, drought-resistant landscaping, decomposed granite walkways, stamped/colored concrete, stone work, water feature, ground cover and landscaping (plants and trees).
Location: Brentwood, CA
Steve’s 13,000 sq. ft. property in Oakley, CA had already been remodeled for drought-tolerance. However, the utilitarian approach just wasn’t enough. His yard was your average, run-of-the-mill, and Steve wanted to breathe new life into it--a desire that he’d been working on for the past 15 years. After spending 2 years brainstorming viable, executable ideas for his backyard, he approached AJ’s. We worked together to turn his vision into a fully usable remodel plan.
Steve was both specific and flexible in the sense that he knew exactly what he wanted but wasn’t too pushy about the finer details. He specified that he wanted to his front yard to stand out, and so we placed a fire pit out in the front to cater to this. We used his vision to create a tastefully landscaped masterpiece with plenty of character and color to spare.
The primary materials for this project were concrete, decomposed granite, and bark. Steve specifically requested a gas fire pit for the front yard, but was more lax on the finer details. So we decided to take some creative liberties with the space we had to work with--using Steve’s personal vision for the yard as our overall guide.
Aside from wanting something entertaining and unique, Steve also wanted to take advantage of the drought rebates offered through the state and county. So aside from using drought-friendly materials where we could, a good deal of the landscaping we did on his property was also drought-friendly.
We also installed boulders, plants, trees, and a dry riverbed for statement pieces. To add character, a water feature, a stamped and colored patio, and hand-crafted bridge (in memory of his wife). We also installed seating benches, unique fencing, and a drip system for functionality and practicality.
HOW WE HELPED
Even though the actual remodeling and landscaping only took about 3 weeks, the entire project--including initial discussion and preparation--took almost 4 months to complete. It was, however, ultimately worth it.
Steve was one of the easiest clients we worked with, and we could truly see his desire for a fresh, new look. We added bold statement pieces and tempered them with soft touches of nature. We made sure communication was smooth and unimpeded, and we made it a point to immediately address whatever issues or concerns he raised.
Steve also told us about his wife who had passed away. We made the decision to honor her through the yard we were creating for him. So we installed a hand-crafted bridge as a gift, and Steve got a plaque to name the bridge after her.
On top of exceeding our client’s expectations, the county was also taken back by the transformation. They had a professional photographer take pictures of this drought-tolerant transformation. Steve’s project has been showcased on the Contra Costa Water District’s website. They described this project as something they are “looking forward to seeing when it matures. But it is already spectacular with a fire pit and peaceful sitting area, clever use of big rocks, a nice fence and a blue gnome.” The project can be found at: https://www.ccwater.com/789/Susie-Street-Oakley
Overall, Steve described the project as something we got to the tee – it was exactly what he wanted, from the landscaping down to the statement pieces. In his opinion, we truly made his vision come true. When he submitted pictures of his front yard to avail of the drought rebate, the count even came down to take professional photos of his yard because it was such a unique transformation.
Steve left a touching review for us on Yelp, and he remains--to this day--one of our favorite and most memorable clients