A Portland Backyard Transformation Inspired by Old Mexican Peublos

This design was inspired by travels to Latin America. The Portland based client, an avid travel photographer, wanted a space that reminded him of the beautiful courtyards of old Mexican pueblos.

Working with designer Trish Grantham, we created a stenciled tile-like patio as the center-piece, with planting borders along the perimeter. The fences were trellised with custom steel, and vined with star jasmine. A wood and steel pergola was constructed off the back deck, and stairs were reconfigured for improved ergonomics. We cut the soil with pumice and gravel in order to culture a very specific planting palette. Voila! Bienvenido!

Mexican Inspired Patio in Portland, Oregon

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"Although it was a smaller project, James was super attentive, consultative, and collaborative. He provided a strategy for our very sunny lot and desired level of effort to maintain"

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"He never takes a cookie cutter approach, he doesn’t take short cuts, and his integrity is apparent at every step of the work. Our yard really feels like such a gift, and we feel so lucky to get to watch it develop and grow"

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"James created an awesome plan for our challenging site that was affordable, on-time and on-budget, AND beautiful."

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