Yuba River Homestead
with Josephine McProud Landscape Architecture & Jeff Gold A.I.A.
In this project, our task was to implement the vision of the architects and the owner, creating welcoming outdoor spaces for a beautiful home which was built off-grid and with an old world level of craft and durability sufficient to last for centuries. Our challenges: a tight construction schedule, and a steep and cramped site with rocky, poor soil.
We resolved grade issues by building numerous, planted dry stack walls from a combination of palletized rock from offsite as well as from stones and boulders harvested on the owner's land. With this stone we also made terraces, steps and paths. We created a large drive on a grassy area, brought in many specimen trees and plants, and placed large accent boulders.
We also installed drainage and irrigation, garden lighting, and decorative water features. Most plantings were natives or naturalizing low water plants to facilitate easy care.
Working together with Josephine McProud and Jeff Gold, we created comfortable outdoor areas that complement the beauty and craftsmanship of the home.