Water-Wise Residence

Water-Wise Residence


This new residential landscape features an integrated water management system, lots of edible plants, a large gathering area for parties, a spa, and even an area for ping pong.

We worked with Farmscape to develop an edible landscape that would provide food for the family throughout the year. Raised beds in the front courtyard will be planted with summer producers like tomatoes, basils, eggplant, green beans, zucchini, and radishes and winter producers like beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, snow peas, and turnips. A variety of fruit trees – both traditional and espalier – will produce variety of apples, citrus, stonefruit, and even figs and pomegranates. The back garden features a terraced edible garden focused on leafy greens, alliums, herbs, berries, and melons. All ornamental planting were selected for their drought tolerance and visual interest.

Greywater generated from everyday household water use will be diverted to a 250 gallon underground greywater holding tank. Six 500 gallon above ground rainwater catchment tanks capture rainwater from the roof of the house. All captured greywater and rainwater will be used to irrigate the landscape.

Status: Construction in progress
Location: San Mateo, California
Webfoot Construction / contractor
Farmscape / edible garden
WaterSprout / greywater and rainwater system

Water-Wise Residence
3,000 gallons of rainwater storage
Water-Wise Residence
A lockable pivoting gate leads to the front courtyard
Water-Wise Residence
The back garden, still under construction, features a wonderful view on a clear day