This project is on a steep hillside overlooking Santa Rosa. The majority of the property is located below the home on steep hillside that was undeveloped and difficult to access. City regulations limited what could be done on the hillside, but the clients had a long list of items they wanted to incorporate into their dream landscape, and we were able to build all of them. At the top of the hill there is a covered outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, bbq, oversized countertop/bar area, chandelier, heaters, and outdoor television. Next to it is an in-ground spa with an waterfall that spills into a stream (or so it seems), that travels 80 feet down the hill and spills off a boulder into the pool (also an illusion because all 3 water systems are separate). The boulder waterfall at the pool is a jumping rock for kids. The hillside is densely planted with Mediterranean perennials and native grasses.
Pool and Hillside
View of completed pool and hillside above.
View from pool location before construction.
The firepit area was designed to accommodate large parties and is oriented towards the spectacular view of the valley below. The firepit is constructed from a large boulder that was selected for this project, cut in half, caved out and filled with smooth stones. Accent pillow and lighting in the seatwalls make the space comfortable and extremely inviting in the evenings.
An outdoor kitchen for a king. The owners wanted to be able to use the space year-around. The covered roof and ceiling-mounted heaters allow them to enjoy the space even if is raining. The kitchen has a wood-fired pizza oven, gas bbq, sink, fridge, outdoor television, and many more amenities that make this a phenomenal place to entertain or just relax.
An artistic place to store firewood for the pizza oven. Rather than keep the wood hidden in a corner, the owners commissioned me to create a special piece that would be a focal point, but also be easy to access and would keep their wood dry.
This gate was a designed from a picture of a tattoo on the owner's son in law's back. They liked his tattoo and wanted to surprise him- and he was surprised to come over one and see his tattoo cut out of steel.
One of the most magical parts of this project is the stream. The sound of water runs through the entire backyard. The stream "begins" at the spa waterfall at the top of the hill, and ends at the waterfall that drops 3 feet into the pool.
Gates are the entry points to our homes and gardens- I do not believe they should be ordinary or dull. I think they should be beautiful, durable, and complement the design and theme of your garden or home.
A beautiful gate to leads to a spectacular home. The gate is built from Corten steel, perforated steel, and rolled flat bar to create arcs and circles that went along with the theme of the overall landscape design. A door handle instead of gate latch was added to create a more formal entry.
The panel for this gate is composed of radiating lemon shapes to create spectacular light patterns.
Another variation of the "circles" gates with numerous additional smaller circles filling in one of the spaces.
30" sphere on pedestal
37 inch sphere
Sculptural Firewood Holder
This is an elevated 4 ft diameter steel firewood holder that add function and beauty.
3 ft diameter sphere built from recycled Corten leaf cutouts.
This was a water feature I built from a recycled tractor plow disc and old irrigation pipe. Horsetail plants grow from the basin below, and the sound of water creates a soothing sound for the backyard garden.
This is water feature I built from a large piece of perforated steel and a tube steel frame. The water trickles down the perforated steel and creates a very subtle sound.
This water feature was created to be a focal point and interactive play feature for children of the clients. The kids can run under the water on hot days to cool off.
Wall art & panels
I have created panels and wall art for both indoor and outdoor applications. I work steel, copper, and sometimes combine both materials (the leaves in aspen sculpture are copper, and the trunks are painted steel).
Painted steel with copper leaves that freely move to mimic the movement of aspen leaves.
3 panels of Corten steel with a custom dandelion design. Patina finish mounted on exterior wall
"Tree of Life"
Modified "tree of life" design with roots cut into 1/8" copper sheet (3'x6"). Later mounted on an outdoor wall.
Shades panels and screens
One of my favorite things to make with steel is large shade and vertical art panels. I get to take my ideas, cut them into steel, and see how light and shadows dance on the walls. I can take a plain piece of steel or copper, and transform it into a piece of artwork.
This is a shot of an 1800 square foot trellis with 98 4'x8' sheets of steel on top. Each sheet has a slightly unique design and shape to fit the curved trellis structure. The objective was to create 85% shade, which was accomplished. The light patterns that come through the trellis move across ground and walls throughout the day.
1800 sf steel trellis with approximately 100 steel panels on top
Lemon rays dance on the walls of this house in Santa Cruz, CA
Little touches go a long way towards making our homes and businesses stand apart and away from the crowd. Custom cut address numbers are an affordable and easy way to add a sophisticated look to your home. I can also create the mailbox of your dreams out of steel.
Steel square tube locking top box with Corten steel and design below. Lit from inside with low voltage light.
Cutting out the design and numbers before folding the steel
1/4" steel plate with address numbers and street name
Creative lighting can alter the mood and atmosphere of almost any space. I began playing with lights by making a nightlight for my son. It received such a positive response, I made several more for friends, then realized that there are not enough beautiful and custom wall-mounted nightlights on the market. I have several themes that I have made for family and clients that work very well, and I can create a light based on pretty much any design idea you like.
I also make a variety of outdoor chandeliers.
This is a 4 ft diameter rolled steel chandelier with thin circle silhouettes cut out and a powdercoat finish. There are 7 "edison" light bulbs hanging from a hidden compartment at the top of the fixture. The light hangs from 4 steel posts welded to the top of a steel trellis above.
Suspended orb chandelier with Edison bulb
These are 2 shots of the same light (day and night). There are butterfly cutouts with perforated steel behind, and a dimmer switch. Perfect as a child's nightlight.
Steel animal cutouts set off perforated steel with strip light behind.
2 ft diameter sphere with an "edison" bulb hanging in the center.
"Barrel of Monkeys"
Inspired by the "barrel of monkeys" toys, this fixture is an add on to any ceiling light. Perfect for kids rooms.
Hummingbird design cut into steel with hidden light behind.
These are two 30" spheres I built from recycled pipes and square tubes. One is suspended from above and the other is perched on a ledge 10 ft above the floor.
This was a project for a client that owns an apple orchard. Her well pump had to be relocated at the entry to their house, so she asked for a steel cube to hide the pump. I embellished the cube with an apple branch, a steel sphere (apple), and stainless steel behind the cutouts. It it also meant to serve as a pedestal for a large planting vessel.
This is a project in a home near Donner Lake, California. The piece is composed of 4 36"x36" squares that are mounted above a hearth. It is scaled map of Donner Lake and the surrounding mountains cut from Corten steel. Each square weighs approximately 100 pounds.
The piece is comprised of 8 identical shapes that come together to create a sphere. It is a simple and elegant sculpture that works well on a bookshelf, or even in the landscape (I make them up to 4 ft tall).
name of your choosing...
"Nutsphere" just didn't sound right for this piece, so I asked people on facebook for their ideas. The piece weighs about 20 pounds and is made from reclaimed large nuts. Here are my favorites:
-"Socket to Me"
-"Nothing to Sphere"
-"Holes in One"
Fire feature and water feature
I designed and built the water feature in the background and the fire feature in the foreground.