PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: DRUE RESIDENCE
A lesson in mitigating slope and maximizing luxurious livability
With its magnificent pool and spa setting, outdoor kitchen, vegetable gardens and meandering pathways, the Drue Residence in Lafayette is an outdoor entertainer’s dream.
But it did not begin this way.
Camp and Camp was hired to solve the homeowner’s challenge and desire to create a usable rear yard on a 2:1 slope with a relatively small flat area at the base. Originally the project was ignited by the owners’ need for a larger parking garage and accessory dwelling unit along with a desire for outdoor entertaining.
Camp and Camp’s design team looked for creative solutions at every turn including lifting the pool edge so they could gain two vertical feet. From there, a raised bond beam set the stage for the rear pool wall and the elevated spa above. The final ascension to the pinnacle of the property: the exterior fireplace and roasting pit, and its adjacent living area, serves as the ideal outdoor entertaining and gathering place with views of the Diablo Valley.
The design team also optimized conditions for the property’s thriving vegetable and herb gardens. Each zone of the yard is accessible through meandering garden walkways with stone slab stairs.
Fabulous Foliage: Combining colors, textures and foliage for a beautiful garden
As Spring flourishes with flower color, blooms in a carefully crafted garden may extend floral sequences past the term of the season, with strategic Summer bloomers maintaining interest extending well into the next season.
To attain optimal impact for color and texture in your garden throughout the coming seasons, Pamela Winther, Principal at Camp and Camp, suggests adding these candidates to your garden in clusters, borders or highlights.
· Heuchera sanguinea
· Spiraea bumalda “Gold flame”
· Nepeta “Walkers Low”
· Achillea millefolium “Paprika”
· Echinacea purpurea
· Ornamental grasses
· Phlomis fruticosa
· Hepeta “Walkers Low”
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How Camp & Camp transformed an Orinda hillside home into a Cottage Garden complete with areas for dining, bocce ball, an edible garden, and meandering garden paths to stroll. See the final space in the current issue of Diablo Magazine.
Read it here on page 123. (embed link)
Camp and Camp is fortunate to have Pamela as a Senior Design Director for the last 8 years, and she was recently promoted to Principal in the firm. Pamela’s extensive experience—including landscape architectural design of public and institutional projects, hospitality sites, residential estates, hospitals, public parks, recreational facilities and schools—allows her to serve as a highly creative, competent and careful guide to Camp and Camp’s associates and projects.
Having previously worked for leading urban design firms throughout the SF Bay Area, a consultant for the City of Walnut Creek, a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service in Lake Tahoe, and even a former adjunct college professor—Pamela approaches each project with a holistic perspective. She believes it’s the degree of customer service that Camp and Camp brings to its clients that differentiates them from other firms.
Her career in landscape architecture came about very organically. A lifetime nature lover and hiking and camping enthusiast, Pamela has always been interested in art and the outdoors. In our first “Around the Campfire” chat, Pamela shares what inspires her work.
1. How did you start your career in landscape architecture & design?
My mother was a very talented, knowledgeable and creative gardener so I had an appreciation for exterior spaces from an early age. Art was my initial college major, but I had a friend in the Architecture Program at UC Berkeley who introduced me to Landscape Architecture. It was a nice mix of both interests.
2. As a landscape architect and urban planner, what’s the greatest impact or contribution you make in this field or in the community?
Educating the community on the importance of bringing nature into the urban environment, as well as being a steward for the existing open space and natural areas that we have.
3. When you tell people about your job, what’s something that usually surprises them?
That planting design is very small part of what’s involved with a landscape architectural project.
4. Of all the landscapes in the world, what’s your favorite scene or place to be?
I can always find some interesting landscape wherever I travel to. Some of my favorite destinations are California Redwoods, Desolation Valley in Tahoe, Europe and Hawaii. It’s hard to pick just one!
5. Where do you draw inspiration that you bring into your work?
I draw inspiration from patterns and shapes in nature and the built environment; ideas from beautiful images in a magazine; or from trying to find a solution to a client’s specific challenge or desire. I am interested in how people use spaces and try to approach my design from that functional point of view.