A weed-ridden yard with a sloping bowl shape and some neglected trees got a regal refinish. David went for a rich palette of flowering and leafy plants, a brand new deck, plus an elegant and super functional stone patio.
Carmel St. is in a blustery, dry part of San Francisco, and this client's property had taken a beating over the years. The soil was completely depleted and the weeds were entrenched. This was one of Shape of the Earth's biggest projects ever, and they got the works. A fountain, new deck, a patio with an arbor for wisteria, multilevel stone paths and stairs, lighting...you name it. The beds are a perfect showcase for many of David's favorite plants and trees.
An El Cerrito client and Shape of the Earth had the privilege of participating in a home makeover for the HGTV show called Curb Appeal. The property had a unique and challenging downhill pitch, but the results were modern and creative.
This homeowner already had a cute patio, but not much else! This detail-rich project included raised veggie beds, some lovely tree specimens, a delightful lawn filled with blue star creeper, and intricate stonework.
It's hard to believe this Bernal Heights garden started out as a jungle of vines and tall grassy weeds, but the Shape of the Earth team is proficient at fully manual weed removal. The rest of the process is shaping the terrain, adding fertile soil, making a stone path and patio, and installing a wonderful succulent garden, raised veggie beds, and a mulched play area.
This Hawaiian retreat center required soil building, stonework pathways, lighting, simple water features, building raised beds, and of course lots of tropical plants.
From the archives, here's a look at Shape of the Earth's first full scale renovation.
For your enjoyment and inspiration, here are some examples of plants we favor for their color, texture, and elegance, as well as more functional qualities like drought resistance and low maintenance needs.