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Classic New England architectural elements, an idyllic white picket fence and cottage-style roses evoke a comfortable setting for family-friendly living in South Davis. The homeowners, Matt and Tricia Bosco, have been living here raising their children since 2001. The home has recently been remodeled to accommodate the needs of the Bosco family’s entertaining lifestyle. An expansive media/game room with bar area, workout room, and bath were added on by Skover and Sons, Inc. (916-422-0852) in 2008, as well as including an outdoor kitchen area in the remodel.  

A stellar outdoor kitchen equipped for serious entertaining!

Verdant Outdoor Dining

Frank Skover, Sr. started building in 1947 with his dad then later established his own Sacramento-based construction company in 1959. Skover was one of the original property salesmen and builders within the El Macero community. Today he works with his son Frank, Jr. along with home designer Kevin Fong (916-425-5008).  Kevin has worked for years with Skover to develop house plans for their clients. Over the past year they have noticed a trend in home additions with their clients versus new construction.

Lora Kaiser, UCD alum and principal designer of TerrEscape, redesigned the existing landscaping at the Bosco’s with additional color and texture. The perimeter fencing has been enhanced with plantings of sage, lavendar and roses. The established wisteria-lined envelopes the arbor creating a room-effect off the master bedroom’s patio. Close by, a large fountain offers soothing water-sounds and appealing ambiance for one of the many outdoor seating areas. Additional table seating and chaises throughout the yard allow for a large crowd to enjoy weekend barbecues.

Audbile Ambiance

As with interior design, a landscape designer listens to the client’s needs and objectives. A professional landscape designer like Lora Kaiser can execute a plan from start to finish. Kaiser states, “Landscaping should be an extension of the architecture and personality of the home.” Kaiser understands the  requirements of soil, sun and water, and applies that expertise to her plans. As with architecture and interiors, landscaping provides yet another area for creativity and personal expression. Kaiser’s clients want to be able to take advantage of their indoor and outdoor spaces to create a beautiful and functional environment with minimal maintenance. (sounds good to me!).  Homeowners can find garden inspiration while on vacation or close to home (UCD’s Arboretum, for example). Television programs such as those on HGTV offer inspiration with a variety of  landscaping ideas. 

Yvonne Mehl demonstrates watercolor painting

 At this year’s Pence Gallery Garden Tour early May, this residence off Montgomery featured Yvonne Mehl painting poolside. It’s a tradition on the tour for artists to paint outdoors in the gardens of  the featured homes during the self-guided garden tours. The artwork created the day of the garden tour is currently on display at the Pence through June 30th. A reception for these artists, the volunteers who helped with the garden tour and the public will be held on Friday, June 11 from 6-7pm at the Pence. All are welcome.  The Pence Gallery depends upon the support of the community with events such as the Annual Garden Tour to offer free admission to over 12,500 visitors annually. To have your garden included on a future Tour, please call the Pence at 530-758-3370.

The Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA - 530-758-3370

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