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Designing Outdoor Kitchens

Plein Air Cooking: Designing your Outdoor Kitchen

Designing a landscape can be distilled into a core concept: creating a series of outdoor rooms within a larger environmental context. A room may be a quiet retreat for reading or sketching, or a lively space to gather and socialize with good company. Whatever the function, it is clear people are enjoying a variety of… Read more »

Hillsborough Design Build

This Hillsborough Design-Build property was an exciting and challenging project. The design strived to incorporate an extensive list of programmatic elements in a relatively small space. The project scope included: a pool and spa, outdoor deck for dining, fire pit under the redwood trees, outdoor kitchen, Zen garden and, a sports area. Espaliers, vegetable planters… Read more »

Hillsborough Design Build Zen-Garden-2

Outdoor Living

Woodside Design Build

Outdoor living can be defined as an extension of the home into nature. In California, we are lucky we can spend the majority of the year outdoors whereas many states don’t have this privilege. The extension of our primary living quarters can greatly influence the way in which we organize and use our outdoor spaces…. Read more »

Help us support Leap’s 32nd Sandcastle Contest!

We are so excited to be participating in the Leap Sandcastle Contest again this year. This is our third year working with David Armour Architecture, Moroso Construction, Artistic Designs for Living, and Claire Lilienthal Elementary School. This year we are adding Paradigm Floors, whom we worked with in 2013, and Blanco Architecture to the team…. Read more »

Leap Sandcastle Contest

The American Pool


Swimming in a pool has got to be one of the best memories of summer – it is quintessential America along with apple pie and porch swings. I’ll spend some time reviewing some of the key elements we consider when planning for a pool…. Read more »

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