I posted some pictures for our Eichler landscaping project on this page. http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=1447#1447
I found a great contractor in L.A. that was terriffic to work with and custom cut block to look like the original Eichler block (which was no longer available without great expense). He said he'd work in the Thousand Oaks area - but I don't know about Orange County? I recommend him. Basically, I supplied him with the design and he did the work.
Your B&W before picture shows what looks to me to be a 1961-62 Chrysler products station wagon (Plymouth? Dodge?) and a later photo shows a similar vintage Ford. How many old cars do you have? There are a number of people I am aware of in Sunnyvale/Cupertino who have collector cars and live in Eichlers, just curious about your area.
Looking good, M-M! I love the block work. What kind of trees are you planning for? Lighting? My whole lot is in play right now as we're installing a series of post and board raised beds, stained black (ala Thomas Church) with a semi-asian influence with plant choices and layout. Like you, we're doing the work (and design) our selves. The Eckbo and Church books have been a great help!
Good luck. Hope to see more pics!
hi tod, we have a pretty rare 1962 plymouth fury wagon - that will be for sale if the interior ever gets finished. hopefully, it will help pay for this whole project.
we also have matching his and hers convertible falcons! 1964 square body for him and 1963 round body style for her :) a few other neighbors also have great vintage cars. adriene (who posts here) even painted her house to match hers! see it here
our immediate neighbor probably has about 14 cars - most of them studebakers including a few avantis.
thanks joe! i bought 3 chinese tallow trees (sapien) which we had success with at our first home - it's one of my favorite trees - about 25-30 max height and beautiful multitrunk varieties with poplar-like leaves that have amazing fall color. but now i am rethinking about also planting a medium sized maple to provide more upright shade for the front corner of the house.
the rest is probably going to be pink clover ground cover or trailing rosemary and orange/yellow daylilies and maybe some red flax?
lighting... well a year back i scored on some old stock metal lights for about $2 a piece - they are a basic streamlined mushroom shape. dad is helping re-wire them. and when we visited Disneyland last year - we were thrilled to see the samelights used in some of their older landscaping areas!!! we'll use these along the walkway and then do some uplighting on the trees.
i also have a ton of 1960s sunset garden books for reference. but Thomas Church book? i'll have to look out for that one... thanks