Carmichael homeowner’s new yard design helps conserve water

Carmichael homeowner’s new yard design helps conserve water

When Carmichael, California member Don Coelho and his wife, Mary, moved into their home in 2008, drought had not yet affected the area. Currently, the Coelhos are limited to watering their property two days a week, and those regulations pushed them to update their landscaping. “We wanted to reduce our water-use footprint,” Don says.

Don says he wanted to change the landscaping from all grass to a combination of plants and pavers for a while. However, first the Coelhos changed items on their home’s interior.

Don says they began to seriously consider and budget for the work two years ago. “We wanted to save up money after buying the house to afford it [the landscaping work],” he says.

Once they decided to complete the work, the Coelhos frequented home and garden shows for ideas. Don says they started having different designs created for the space. The first set of plans by a landscape designer was drawn up three years ago. “After we decided to save money for the project, we decided we didn’t like those plans,” Don says. “We had another planner design a more à la carte [blueprint].”

The Coelhos hired highly rated Saunders Landscaping Construction of Citrus Heights, California, to translate the plans and bring the design to their yard. Don says owner Jack Saunders took the plans and tweaked them to better suit the space. “He [Saunders] came across as really sincere and seemed like he wanted to do a good job for us,” Don says.

The total cost of the project was $16,000, which was in line with the Coelhos’ budget. Don says Saunders would consult with him before permanently setting a feature, which he believes saved time and money.

One of Don’s favorite features is the water fountain that recycles the water it uses. “We enjoy going in the backyard and hearing the ambience of the water,” he says.


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