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Incorporating Redwood into Joyful Landscapes

Incorporating Redwood into Joyful Landscapes

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Landscape installation projects rank among the highest in terms of outdoor projects that bring homeowners joy, this according to a study by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The “2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” found that a new wood deck (Joy Score of 9.8), statement landscaping (9.7), and an overall landscape upgrade (9.6) were some of the highest ranking projects on a scale of 1 to 10; higher figures indicating greater joy from the project.

San Francisco Bay Area-based master landscape designer, Michael Galli knows a lot about joyful landscapes. For the past 30+ years, Michael and his company, Metamorphosis Landscaping, have designed and constructed some 200 landscape projects in the greater Bay Area.

“Two important criteria that nearly all clients desire when moving forward with a new landscape for their home are that the design must maximize the use of their existing property and it is critical that the landscape works with the home’s existing architecture. The landscape also needs to be an extension of their home’s living space,” per Galli.

And, of course, the landscape must be beautiful, joyful even. Millbrae, California homeowner, Mark Murdoch was one of Metamorphosis Landscaping’s first clients 28 years ago. Murdoch’s backyard was effectively cut in half by a municipal stormwater canal. Metamorphosis Landscaping installed a large Redwood deck over the canal to bridge the two, previously separated, portions of the backyard. Ever since, Murdoch has used his backyard and deck extensively, even referring to the area as his “playground”.

What’s more, the Redwood has stood the test of time. Not a single board has been replaced in 28 years. Mr. Murdoch and most of Metamorphosis Landscaping’s other clients opt for an ongoing maintenance contract whereby all the wood is cleaned and refinished every two years. Superdeck is the finish of choice.

According to Duckback Products’ representative Yolanda Waters, “Superdeck is a high-quality oil-based transparent stain using microscopically ground iron oxide pigments to help reflect the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays. Metamorphosis clients prefer Superdeck Transparent Redwood (1903) for its ability to keep the redwood looking its natural best.” Metamorphosis’ crews are active in the late Spring months doing maintenance, so the projects are at their peak appearance during the long Bay Area summers.

Metamorphosis Landscaping long-term outlook is additionally illustrated by its working relationship with vendors and suppliers. Dolan’s Lumber in Pinole, CA has been supplying quality Redwood to Metamorphosis for nearly 30 years. “It started by supplying a modest project in nearby Pittsburg, CA”, states Dolan’s Store Manager Robert Cinelli. “That worked out so well, we started sending trucks of Redwood, treated and other materials down the Peninsula, and we continue to do so to this day.”

Established in 1959, Dolan’s Lumber is celebrating their 60th year of business in 2019. “It’s amazing to think that for nearly half of our existence as a company, we have been dealing with such a great customer as Michael Galli of Metamorphosis Landscaping” says Cinelli.

Dolan’s Lumber Pinole stocks Humboldt Redwood decking, lumber, timbers, and uppers, as well as pressure treated lumber from Allweather Wood.

Naturally strong, naturally beautiful, Humboldt Redwood, can be easily incorporated into joyful landscapes, like those designed by Metamorphosis Landscaping. “What’s nice about Redwood is it can be translated from blueprint to reality very easily,” according to Mr. Galli.

Michael Galli and his team at Metamorphosis Landscaping design not only decks with Humboldt Redwood, but also pergolas, trellis, gates, garden boxes, and more. Humboldt Redwood timbers are particularly prized for their span ratings. Many of the pergolas Mr. Galli designs are very large and encompass an entire outdoor living eco-system, whether with an outdoor kitchen, outdoor living room, or spa area underneath.

To learn more about Humboldt Redwood and how you can add it to the stocking and/or special order assortment in your yard, please call Mike Cameron at (707) 764-4341 or Julie Wright at (707) 764-4450. Product line cards are available to download or print by visiting www.Getredwood.com/Resource-Library. General information about the company may be found at www.GetRedwood.com or by connecting on social media: