Sunday, December 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis pool, landscape win honors for designer and contractor

Natural materials and a hand-crafted tea house characterize the award-winning backyard landscape of this Central Davis home. Courtesy photo

By
From page A13 | December 09, 2012 |

A Japanese-inspired landscape that included a rock-edged swimming pool and relaxing tea house earned landscape designer Tara Watt and Andy Gagnon Landscapes Inc. the top residential landscape prize from the California Landscape Contractors’ Association’s Sacramento chapter.

Watt is a Davis resident and Gagnon is a Woodland contractor.

The award-winning landscape project, which was lauded for its masterful stone use and attention to detail, was completed in fall 2011 and resulted from a collaborative effort on the part of the designer, the builder and the homeowners, who approached the landscape team while still in the planning stages of a new home on a residential lot in Central Davis.

In keeping with the California bungalow/Craftsman architectural style of the 1920s that drew heavily from the aesthetics of classical Japanese design, the homeowners wanted a pool and landscape plan that would complement their new bungalow-style home, provide an Asian garden sensibility, be mindful of unique Davis growing challenges — hot days and high soil pH — and require little maintenance.

Watt and Gagnon started laying the groundwork for the future landscape while the previous home was still standing, mapping the site around the old structure and selecting which existing plants to save and how to protect them during demolition and construction.

Watt focused on the selection and placement of natural materials, particularly the stone types, and Gagnon incorporated stones into the pool edges and pathways. The completed landscape combines the best of the old — the 50-year-old tree canopy — with natural materials arranged to evoke an Asian garden and provide a striking yet functional outdoor living space for the homeowners.

Highlights of the project include the rock-edged pool with a massive, custom-bored boulder as a garden focal point and swimming pool spillway; a wood-crafted tea house/shade structure; an outdoor kitchen; plants selected for spring blooms and year-round color and texture; and a variety of stones for the pool, walkways and dry riverbeds.

For more information, visit www.tarawattdesign.com and www.andygagnonlandscapes.com.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Brinley Plaque honors environmental stalwart

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Sharing a meal, and so much more

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    What’s new at UCD? Construction projects abound

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    No-nonsense Musser voted Citizen of the Year

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Raul Castro: Don’t expect detente to change Cuban system

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Police seek help in finding runaway twin girls

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    March trial date set in Davis molest case

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Downtown crash results in DUI arrest

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Donors, volunteers honored on Philanthropy Day

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Soup’s On will benefit NAMI-Yolo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Surprise honor is really nice, dude

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    It’s not a pretty picture

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B4

     
    Google me this: Should I hit that button?

    By Marion Franck | From Page: B4

    E-cigs surpass regular cigarettes among teens

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    Too late to pick a fight

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    All police need to humanize

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Are we only a fair-weather bike city?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Join us in making our world more just

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    The electronic equivalent of war

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    The Green House effect: Homes where the elderly thrive

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A11

    .

    Sports

    UCD women look to improve, despite game at No. 7 Stanford

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Second-half run spurs Aggie men to 8-1

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Stenz shines as DHS girls take a tournament title

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie Manzanares not quite finished carrying the rock

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    49ers fall to San Diego in overtime

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Sierra Northern Railway names CEO

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Sink your teeth into Vampire Penguin

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Marrone Bio expands its product reach in Latin America

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, December 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8