SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS RESIDENCE

This 48 acre site was the location for an asphalt mining operation from the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The area was highly degraded with a large quarry pit, as well as talus, and tailings strewn about with large expanses of very low nutrient soils. Earthcraft was brought on board for landscape architecture, habitat restoration, and rainwater harvesting system design. Collaborating with Bill Wilson of Carlile Macy and green architect Marilyn Crenshaw allowed for a diversity of creative approaches as far as utilizing all of the site natural resources. The various buildings will utilize several integrated rainwater tanks for domestic and outdoor use.

In addition to the rainwater harvesting system, a black water system will utilize all wastewater for sub surface irrigation of native and specimen plantings. A solar energy system provides power for the sustainable water systems and more. Soil conditioning and restoration will be accomplished utilizing special earthworks and mycoremedial strategies that work to recreate the soil ecosystem to allow for nutrient assimilation and increased water retention. This is truly an outstanding project and a prime example of how to restore degraded land to create a sustainable and vibrant environment.