Landscape design firm Siol added a berm to create an intimate space for reflection and meditation in the backyard of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. A crane was used to lift a 15-year-old, drought-tolerant coastal live oak tree into the mounded area, which is lined with cedar shingles.
The pool house is alongside Bear’s Best golf course at the base of a mountain with views to the Las Vegas Strip. The site is split by a dramatic level change by a berm from the front to back of the site. The design fits into the berm, enabling a lower level that benefits from natural daylighting. The views culminate in a rooftop deck which offers unrestricted views to the mountains, course and valley below.
Surrounded by a berm for insulation and lined with cedar shingles, this reflection area at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 is a cozy respite from the winds off the nearby San Francisco Bay. The centerpiece of the design is a 15-year-old coastal live oak, which thrives in salty air and is tolerant of California's drought conditions.
Whether it's for roasting marshmallows with the kids or grown-up entertaining, the fireplace is an outdoor gathering spot for this family. A new retaining wall on the steep slope provided the terrain for this patio and new lawn. A berm of cryptomeria trees provides privacy from neighbors. Design by Mark Schisler
Build a rain garden to collect rain water runoff from any building on your property, including a chicken coop. This garden demonstrates classic rain garden design with a berm surrounding the basin that catches and holds rain water runoff. Plantings include moisture-loving sedge and rush in the wettest parts of the garden, and perennials like daylily and ornamental grass on the drier edges.