Homestead on Whiskey Hill

Woodside, California
This project page was created by community member Arterra Landscape Architects

Our clients were our greatest inspiration for this gracious and comfortable landscape.

A young family with a love of the land wanted to turn a tumbledown, overgrown hillside into a contemporary agrarian setting for entertaining and recreation. Equally important was celebrating the site through preserving all native oak trees and accentuating the panoramic views.

We designed a series of contemporary terraces that respect the natural siting of the oak trees and create dramatic views. The infinity pool became the fulcrum for a series of vignettes for entertainment, relaxation and play. Paths meander through the garden to well-considered areas for recreation, such as the bocce ball court and the stables for the horses. An indoor/outdoor fireplace is a focal point when evening falls and illuminated rows of trees lead the family back to the destination pool house. We worked to incorporate the rustic vernacular of the barn and the pool house with a beautiful, contemplative landscape.

From the bocce court level, the infinity edge of the pool acts as a feature, with water spilling down the stone face.
The small barn was reclaimed from the existing agrarian buildings on the property, and now houses the pool mechanical.

By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

The landscape is illuminated in the evenings, providing an ethereal quality and extending the use and enjoyment of the gardens.

By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

Retaining walls create a series of terraces, according to the grades set by the oaks.

Here a seating area rises above the pool. Water spills from the stone wall into the pool.

By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

Looking south at sunset, the rustic pool house sits quietly in a stand of great oaks.

The building, pool and terraces are all sited to protect and celebrate the oaks and maximize views.

By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

The upper terrace, directly off the pool house, has space for large gatherings. Dogwood trees line the terrace and help shade the area.
By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

The pool house, a collaboration with Dotter Solfjeld Architecture, provides shade and shelter.
By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

The bocce ball court rests just below the pool and above the barn. It is nestled into the surrounding trees. By Arterra Landscape Architects. Photo by Michele Lee Willson

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Arterra is a landscape design studio focused on the creation of sculptural landscape forms and sustainable places. Each project takes inspiration from each unique site and its architecture to create gardens that provide a celebratory connection between built and natural forms.
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