Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Even though the owner of a Southern Califor- nia home was an avid vegetable gardener, his back yard was neglected and in a state of disrepair. So he decided to do a major makeover, and hired Debbie Gliksman, owner of Urban Oasis Land - scape, Los Angeles, to do the job. Gliksman is a general member and on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Associa- tion of Professional Landscape Designers. She is the sole proprietor of Urban Oasis and has been in business since 2000. Some of the obstacles included a layer of black- top that was left over from the client's children's basketball-playing days. The existing concrete re- taining walls were also "forlorn." After assessing the place, Gliksman said she wanted to take advantage of the topography and create a "dining room" effect for her client. "An attractive fence and stone walls make you feel like you are in the south of France," Gliksman said. That is exactly the sort of atmosphere she wanted to replicate. Although the existing retaining walls were stur- dy, they were cracked and unsightly. Gliksman had her work crew fortify the walls with rebar and concrete, and then laid individual stone slabs by hand over the existing block. This gives the ap- pearance of a dry-stacked stonewall. Asked whether she encountered any challenges on this job, she said: "The existing retaining walls were crooked and needed to be stabilized. We reinforced them with rebar and filled the hollow spaces with concrete. Getting the stone facing to look like a natural stone wall instead of a veneer took a lot of finessing." Francisco Sierra was the contractor for the job, and one of his friends, Victor Vasquez, was the carpenter who put together the wooden fence. The fence was built with redwood, and the screens for it are custom trellises that Vasquez also made Above: The backyard of this Los Angeles home was redesigned and given a major facelift. Debbie Gliksman, owner of Urban Oasis Landscape, also of Los Angeles, used the existing retaining walls, but had them straightened, repaired and reinforced. Then her workers laid stone blocks along the face and on top of each wall by hand. A new redwood fence was installed along the top of the new stonewall. The project also included a natural water feature on one level, flowing to a tiny pond on a lower level. Giant boulders frame a fire pit, and small and large logs were added to this feature for seating. There are also raised planter beds, flagstone and brick pavers, and lighting and irrigation systems. 30 LC DBM By Michael Miyamoto, LC/DBM the Past B y M i c h a e l M i y a m o t o , L C / D B M the Past t h e P a s t t h e P a s t Building on h Building on B u i l d i n g o n

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