Enhancing the Architecture of a Home by Improving Curb Appeal

What's a quick way to update the look of your property? Give the front yard a face-lift.

In this redesign, the client wanted to improve the overall appearance of the front of their house. We started by replacing the concrete walk with poured pavers framed with Mexican pebbles. We then tore out the dense, overgrown Rhodies which obscured the eave and roof lines, replacing them with a lively planting design with interesting texture and foliage combinations. The owners will continue to update the landscape, but this gave them the push in the right direction with a style that enhances the architecture of the house while greatly improving its curb appeal.

Update 2019: The backyard has received a facelift. We replaced the old, uneven concrete patio with a new modern sand-finish look with poured slabs and pebbles. More to come!

mid-century-update 5
mid-century-update 3
mid-century-update 1

Other Projects

A Portland Backyard Transformation Inspired by Old Mexican Peublos This design was inspired by travels...
The Warmth of a Minimalist Garden Generally, when one thinks of minimalism, they think of...
Contemporary Backyard Designed for Comfort Designed for a young professional couple that wanted a space...


"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"

Lori Jenkins ( via Google )

"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"

Ali C. ( via Yelp )

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

Katherine S. ( via Houzz )