Spaces for Sports Activity

An active lifestyle is paramount to a healthy heart and soul. If you enjoy staying active, designing a landscape to meet your lifestyle, whether it is playing bocce with a group of friends or dribbling a basketball to show off that “beyond the arc” shot, your backyard garden can be a canvas for any number… Read more »

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Site Furnishings

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When designing an outdoor space, the details are the finishing touches that capture the seamless elegance of the design. The same can be said about selecting site furnishings, because these pieces reflect the homeowner’s unique vision and taste. With the right tools, site furnishings can help transform a landscape into a sanctuary enlivened with a… Read more »

Structure in the Landscape

Architecture and the landscape drives the shape and form of our world. Combining these entities produces either a seamless bond of harmony, or a forced existence of clashing intentions. Successfully bridging the chasm between man-made structures and nature is an essential achievement of landscape design and build. Source: Terra Ferma Landscape – Woodlands Getaway Incorporating… Read more »

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Native Plants

At this time of severe drought, which is projected to be California’s new norm, many have been considering alternatives to the traditional garden. As Californians, we have an extensive range of low-water use, diverse, native plants readily available. While some of these plants can incorporate well into existing gardens, this article addresses using the plant… Read more »

Landscape Construction Update

There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the transformation of a design vision become a reality. The Terra Ferma team strives for excellence with their passionate and meticulous approach to every project. Take a peek at a few of our latest construction projects. This Atherton residence, designed by Bernard Trainor + Associates focused on a… Read more »

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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 »

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Outdoor Living

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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 »

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The American Pool

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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 »