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Retaining Walls | Whitney Street – Glenn Park

Glen Park, a wonderful neighborhood in San Francisco, could provide an entire semester of architectural material if you took the time to walk up and down the hilly streets. Spanish […]

Japanese Hot Tubs: Expanding Your Landscape with a Private Ofuro

What’s an ofuro? What’s the difference between Japanese hot tubs, or soaking tubs, and American? Definition, differences and benefits of having an ofuro as part of your landscaping project. If you’ve always […]

Current Project 2014: West Portal Custom Front & Rear

By On January 18, 2014 In Completed Projects, Ponds and Waterfeatures, Retainingwall With Comments Off on Current Project 2014: West Portal Custom Front & Rear Permanent Link to Current Project 2014:  West Portal Custom Front & Rear Permalink

Our first project in 2014 brings us back to West Portal and its a large one for San Francisco Standards. Below is a shot of the rear before construction. We’ll be constructing new fences and sunken patios with contemporary concrete retaining walls that are becoming so popular these days. Also included is a gas fire pit, stainless weir waterfearure, decks, lights and much more.

Completed: West Portal Renovation Aug.2013

By On August 12, 2013 In Completed Projects, Retainingwall With Comments Off on Completed: West Portal Renovation Aug.2013 Permanent Link to Completed: West Portal Renovation Aug.2013 Permalink

Below is a before shot of an uninviting, underutilized backyard. We started with demo of the entire yard and concrete forms for a raised concrete planter which has become popular for todays contemporary styling.

Completed Project: Saint Francis Woods Curb Appeal. 7/2013

By On July 27, 2013 In Completed Projects With Comments Off on Completed Project: Saint Francis Woods Curb Appeal. 7/2013 Permanent Link to Completed Project:  Saint Francis Woods Curb Appeal. 7/2013 Permalink

Below is a before shot of the front yard. Client expressed a larger entrance patio that is more inviting and a general redesign to increase curb appeal. The following three shots were provided by the homeowner and posted on yelp: Below is a shot of the expanded patio. Materials used were silver quartzite flagstone with a limestone border. Note the FX Luminaire Brass step light.

Completed Project: Outer Sunset Makeover, 6/2013

By On June 23, 2013 In Completed Projects, Retainingwall, SF Dept. of Building Inspection Permits/decks & retaining walls With Comments Off on Completed Project: Outer Sunset Makeover, 6/2013 Permanent Link to Completed Project: Outer Sunset Makeover, 6/2013 Permalink

This residence in the outer sunset currently has crumbling concrete retaining walls/steps, terraces that slope and no foliage excepts for weeds. Not a very inviting environment for a young couple with a new baby. We were asked to provide a makeover, with a set strict budget and to include a deck, new steps, fix up the walls, turf and plants. We were shown some photos of elements they liked and we took it from there. Below are two photos of before.

Complete Projects: Retaining Wall in Buena Vista

February 13, 2013:

This project brings us to the Buena Vista neighborhood in San Francisco. We’ll be replacing this wall with something much stronger. A concrete wall is of course the most durable lasting 80 plus years but if budget is a factor,

Completed Project: Noe Valley Makeover 2013

Below is a photo of a rear yard in Noe Valley. We installed the lower deck and fences about 6 months ago and soon we’ll be going back to finish the landscaping. Included in the project will be a patio, stone planters, water feature, spiral stairs, curved bench/pergola, lighting, plants etc.

Green Construction: Metal Recycling

By On November 10, 2012 In Green Construction, Landscape Trucks and Equipment, Landscaping Design: Materials With Comments Off on Green Construction: Metal Recycling Permanent Link to Green Construction: Metal Recycling Permalink

Yet another green facility in our responsible landscape operation is Circosta Iron and Metal Company.  During the demo phase of our projects, we often run into all kinds of old […]

Green Construction: Sustainable Crushing

By On November 10, 2012 In Green Construction, Landscape Trucks and Equipment, Landscaping Design: Materials With Comments Off on Green Construction: Sustainable Crushing Permanent Link to Green Construction: Sustainable Crushing Permalink

Below is Recology’s Sustainable Crushing, another green facility that Tamate landscaping utilizes.  This operation is only known to tradesman,  and is hidden in the Bayview.  Heres the only sign they […]