Campbell Renovation with Dry Meadow and Decks






This private residence in Campbell was a full front and back re-design. The owners desired a ramped entry to their front door, an entertaining deck in the front yard, and plantings with mixed colors of grey foliage, red flowers, and yellow flowers. The design mimics the aesthetic of the dry meadows along Highway 395, while using plants appropriate to the South Bay Area. The outdoor color scheme also ties directly in with the indoor design.

BEFORE: South west facing front yard with a very plain look.
AFTER: Remodeled home in the contemporary style, with a front yard that enhances the home.

The deck is designed as an extension of the front of the house. A curvalinear bench allows for seating, while the back of the bench is designed as a backrest for those who want to sit at the side of the deck. Armeria and succulents in the planter add interest. The deck railing and window awnings are matching powder-coated steel. The deck material is TREX, a recycled product.

At the side of the front yard, a meandering crushed stone path was designed to allow for a space for father and son to play catch. The path also connects to the deck and to the side yard gate, and it wraps around an existing plane tree.

Accent plants include Grey Fescues, California Fuchsia, and Groundcover Manzanita.

In the rear yard, existing concrete from onsite was re-used to create a curved bench and stepstones. A covered portable fire pit sits off to the side of the main patio. TREX was used to create two raised planter beds for tomatoes and other vegetables. The pavingstones, steel posts, decking material, and plantings all tie in aesthetically with the front yard materials.

The owner desired a special deck in the rear corner for her yoga practice. The resulting design is a circle, with two small built-in benches. Soft plantings around the deck provide interest.

View from the yoga deck toward the new rear pavingstone patio, which features a series of custom-designed posts. Two overlapping Coolaroo shade sails provide a contemporary look. The posts are also designed to support the weight of two hammocks.

Stephanie Morris, Landscape Architect - cell (408) 206.5055 or