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“A good landscape provides a habitat for its visitant and the hospitable serenity that clears their mind.”
Michael D. McIver Landscape & Consultation focuses on the importance of Southern California outdoor living. Applying over 20 years of innovative and aspiring experience in landscape design, we can help achieve a harmony between natural beauty and functional form.
Whether it's an Urban Chic patio in the Hollywood Hills or a Meditteranean Sanctuary along the coast, our focus is to fulfill the unique needs and aspirations of our clients.
With worldwide knowledge and the exposure to unique insights and design techniques, Michael McIver thrives on introducing his clients to custom designs and innovative plant concepts.
This project, designed by notable landscape architects, focused on the use of indigenous plant varieties within a natural, desert-like setting. As the field architect, my primary responsibility was to procure all trees and shrubs and oversee their installation. This private residential site, nestled in the foothills of an upscale community in Henderson, has spectacular views of the Las Vegas strip.
Specific plant varieties were selected for their unique character and style. These varieties are not typically found within business parks. I procured nearly all of the trees and shrubs found in the following images. The varieties included "Medjool" Date and Mexican Fan Palms, Jacaranda and Magnolia Trees, and several types of Agave. Collectively, these selections created an interesting visual experience.
The project designer selected antiques and artifacts from Bali with the specific intent to integrate them into the landscape, thereby creating a true Indonesian experience. Old Hamii Timber Bamboo was used for its height and vertical growth. Exotic, shade-loving plants were installed at its base. Thus, the goal of creating a South Pacific-inspired experience was truly realized.
This is a custom home built in Summerlin, one of the new and prestigious residential communities in Las Vegas. Formal style plantings, carved limestone fountains, a Pergola with a fireplace and a glass tile pool create a welcome retreat from Nevada's desert sun.
After a full makeover, this house was complimented with traditional planting elements with a modern flair. A combination of Mediterranean Fan Palms and Peppermint Willows created the essential accents needed to set the design tone. Additional striking and distinctive plant shapes such as Dasylirion Longissima brings your attention and focus to the stairs leading to the home's entry.
After completing a beautiful restoration of their Mediterranean home, the homeowners were seeking a lush tropical setting. Timber Bamboo, King Palms and Olive Trees were just a few accents selected to insure privacy. A variety of additional plantings added color, texture and interest to this serene garden.
Clients requested a comfortable and private patio for entertaining family and friends. We determined brick surfaces and structures would complement the Cape Cod style and warm plantings would add to the welcoming atmosphere. Since this second home is primarily a summer residence and located adjacent to the beach, we selected trees and shrubs that tolerate salt air and fog.
This beautiful example of Spanish Mission Revival Architecture was just waiting for a charming and unique courtyard to complete it. A hand selected Coast Live Oak Tree stands majestically, creating a canopy over the fireplace and patio. Assorted antique garden ornaments reflect the era to which this house was built.
This 1929 Mission Revival cottage is located in an Historical District of Long Beach, California. It contains a variety of Mediterranean favorites and drought tolerant succulents such as Agave, Sedums, and Aeoniums. Bougainvillea provides shades of pink and gold for color, with sweeps of 'Elijah Blue' Festuca grass that replaced a water thirsty lawn. A curved cobble stone pattern within the Fescue creates the affect of a dry stream bed.
The following images are hand drawn color illustrations of finished designs; they are provided to all clients. Black and white copies are also included mainly for the purpose of gathering cost estimates during the contract bidding process. The schematic design is a set price.
In addition, consultation can be provided upon the client's request. This could include the hand-tagging of plant material (specifically the specimen trees), garden ornament and pottery selection, lighting locations, and or on-site direction/supervision during the installation of hardscape and or softscape. This is billed separately and based on an hourly rate.
The couple that owns this large property was looking to revitalize an existing rose garden, but with the addition of a water feature, a Carerra marble temple, and a fruit orchard. Italian Cypress, and boxwood hedges created some formality, while an assortment of their favorite roses, with scented lavender provided the color and fragrance which made this a welcoming garden space.
This young family wanted a spa, fire pit, playground, and a outdoor barbecue for entertaining but also plenty of open space for future kids to play. The jacuzzi was situated off the master suite with plantings of bamboo to to secure privacy. The 'fire bowl' and built-in seating was positioned at the rear of the property mainly as a quiet retreat after a dinner meal. Scored colored concrete, stacked stone in shades of brown was repeated in all surfaces and structures. Tropical style plantings were chosen for their low maintenance requirements and fond memories of family Hawaiian vacations.
Although their house did not reflect a distinctive type of architecture, its large sloped corner lot it stood on had lots of potential. A patio w/Pergola was positioned on the rear slope to take full advantage of ocean view and coastline. A private garden adjacent to master suite contained several Asian statues that the owners had collected in their travels abroad. All the exterior surfaces were replaced with formed colored concrete pads with small pebbled stones layed between. Exotic plantings with modern style placements was carried throughout the garden. Succulents were used for their hardiness and contrasting foliage.
Although this desert community has severe weather shifts from hot to cold, the owners still insisted on a beautiful lush garden. Its already contemporary style throughout the residence was repeated in a rectilinear design of the patios and the landscape. Phoenix Date Palms and Timber Bamboo reinforced the vertical element, while large specimen Agaves created an interesting ground plane. Because of the limited backyard space these added patios would allow for spillover when entertaining family and friends.
After the recent purchase of this 1970's style home, The Galante's with family roots from Italy, wanted some mild references that reflected a mediterranean style. Flagstone pavers, stucco seating walls and aged Olive trees was just the beginning towards the character of this arid climate lifestyle. Iceberg roses, Italian Cypress, and Scarlet Trumpet Vines were used to soften lines of upper master suite deck with assorted potted succulents for patio accents. An open lawn area was incorporated for mountain view considerations as well as a play space for their children and hoiday party events.
This property sits on a culdesac and although spacious it needed the organization of areas to make it functional. The basketball court and playground were existing and kept for the twin boys, so screening these views was important aesthetically, but creating a centrally located outdoor kitchen for entertaining family gatherings was the focus. Grape vines, citrus and fruit trees were designed for consumption, while a southern exposed area was set aside for an herb and vegetable garden. Hedges created screening along with the purpose of defining rooms within the garden.
The Klinkert's purchased the house next door with the intent of combining the backyards. An English themed garden was requested and successfully tied-in with the european lines of the residence. Used brick pathways were existing so it made sense to duplicate the material in both of the patios and connecting walkways. Broken concrete from the demolished rear driveway was recycled to form additional paths joining each of the separate private themed gardens. A tiered fountain was placed strategically to draw the eyes with the benefits of the rhythmic sound of water to help escape the day's stress.
After a complete renovation of their residence this family knowing the limited space of the frontyard hoped for a modern Southern California landscape to accentuate the homes design. Low branching Peppermint Willows flank the staircase leading to the front door with potted Dasylirion's for striking accents. A specimen Mediterranean Fan Palm and groupings of Agave vilmoriana (which replaced a prior lawn area) create interest and diversity and with the benefits of eco-friendly low water needs.
These clients were relocating to Dallas and wanted to put their house up for sale. They felt a fresh planting design was adequate enough for the entry of their home. Tree groupings for privacy, and shrub clusters with unique texture and color contrasts were designed to provoke an exciting visual experience with the goal of creating curb appeal thus attracting potential buyers. The Pool was existing so built-in planters and bench seating was all that was needed to finish off this space. Fresh plantings were also provided to help form a visual connection from the front to the back.
This small patio space was a transition area between the garage and home. It is adjacent to an alley and several large neighboring residences which look down and allow no privacy to the owner. The design includes a raised seating planter wall containing a 40 year old Olive Tree. In addition to its beautiful aesthetics it was primarily designed to provide soft screening while barbecuing as well as create an inviting sitting room. Custom made gates resembling the Mediterranean style, and some assorted potted Kentia palms finished off this now functional and visually pleasant courtyard.
The following images are garden details which include vintage pottery and fountains, unique plant species, hardscape structures, as well as other ornamental treasures. These elements when combined and catered to a clients individual needs can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space.
"You listened patiently to my wishes; you imparted your horticultural knowledge and design expertise in a thoughtful manner; in short, you turned my dream into a reality! I love my gardens!" Judith Cannavo, Belmont Heights, LB
In January 2009, my wife Cathy and I purchased a home in Laguna Beach. The exterior of the house needed an extensive hardscape and landscape makeover. Mike McIver was hired to change the entire area which included: retaining walls, driveway, an ocean view patio, garden sitting area, and a complete front and backyard plant design.
Mike did a wonderful job of creating interesting spaces, with clean, concise lines. He mimicked the color of the plant material with the colors of the house, as well as creating a visual connection through the texture and surfaces of hardscape. He selected Zen-like boulders and water features within the private retreats which provides a contemporary theme throughout our gardens.
I highly recommend him and will make him a big part of any future landscape projects. He completely changed the house from an unexciting lot to a vibrant, and beautiful space that I look forward coming home to everyday!
Cathy & Andy Blanton, Laguna Beach, Ca
Working with Mike McIver has been a dream come true! I have worked on three different houses with him in the last ten years, and I am always amazed at the incisive knowledge and vast experience he brings to his projects. My basic ideas about style and feel become fully realized with Mike, and he has consistently exceeded my hopes and expectations. His attention to detail, grasp of scale, and style are unmatched. Whether it was my 1929 Mediterranean inspired garden, a 1919 Bungalow cottage garden, or my current 1928 Spanish beach house, Mike has brought a level of professionalism and artistry that accurately reflected the period of each homes architectural theme. I would never consider planning a landscpae without him in charge, he is that good! Brian Hickman, Belmont Shore, LB
I am repeatedly amazed at the artistry that goes into Mike's designs. To be able to take a blank dirt slate and create an organic masterpiece is his strength. Thank you so much for helping me create a home and garden that is beautiful, and functional. Your visions have allowed me to enjoy my surroundings more, and have added real-value to my home and life. Michael Caress, Signal Hill, Ca
We waited a long time to begin this project. We wanted to make sure the designer we chose would be able to work within the scope of our project, and create something that would both enhance our home and be a fit for our surroundings.
During our first visit, Mike listened to everything we had to say. He had been by the house already and conjured up some ideas. He took a very thoughtful, practical and organic approach to the project, and was hands-on with the contractors so we didn't have to get stuck with the 'details'.
We were thrilled with the results. Our landscaping is understated but interesting, easy to maintain but diverse. Although we used a more traditional landscape design palette, Mike invested in small, surprising details that make everything fresh. The yard works beautifully with both our home and the neighborhood, creating a harmonious, enjoyable whole. Amy Valenzuela-Mier, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
I can't say enough good things about our experience with Mike McIver in designing our yard. What initially seemed too large and daunting a task for us actually became an enjoyable project due to Mike's help and expertise. We now have a beautiful outdoor living area that is far beyond what we imagined we could have.
Our project was a complete renovation of our large backyard area. Mike was involved from beginning to end, which included concept design, hardscape features, lighting, irrigation, plant selection and hands-on placement. Throughout the process he was delight to work with, an excellent listener, and has a great ability to turn ideas into reality. He was extremely flexible, which leant an amount of sanity and order to a complex project. Because of his vast experience in the landscape business, he knows what works and who to contact to get it done.
I highly recommend Mike, and as a result we have become friends. I hope to be able to utilize his expertise on our next projects. Patty Welker, Virginia Country Club, LB, Ca
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