Hardscape to Landscape

This hardscape and landscape project consisted of front and back yard, both side yards and the driveway. Working with the owners and designer we removed existing yard and regraded the property. The design incorporated a variety of materials cement, stone, wood, metal and glass.  

Our masonry crews diligently formed medium sized concrete pavers surrounding the home including the driveway. While our carpenters installed wood paneling on a main feature wall and fencing. The metal shop was utilized in cutting and welding posts and frames for the fence and glass wall, creating secure and enduring foundation structures.  

As the landscape grows ls in it will continue to soften the hard edges of the hardscape, at the same time proved pleasing contrast throughout the yard. The Mexican pebbles used throughout the landscape provide long lasting soil protection and ensure high permeability of rain water.  The glass walls are a striking feature of the landscape, playing with sunlight and shadow.  

Pool Build: Part 2

Photo journal of pool build. 

Planing and review on site  meeting. 

Finishing hardscape features and landscape design/restoration.  

Pool Build: Part 1

Photo journal of pool build. 

Initial pool layout, setting precise measurements and elevations. 

Initial pool layout, setting precise measurements and elevations. 

Excavation followed by Pool equipment: Trenching for water and electrical lines, new cement pad for equipment. Securing foundation with underpinning. Establishing pool and stair form and structural integrity with rebar. 

Wall finishing prepping for plaster coping, pool cover and patio. 

Crew Coordination: Part 1

Arroyo Seco Construction employs skilled craftsmen in multiple disciplines, capable of carrying out every stage of the construction process. A major strength to this diversity of work force is that multiple stages of a project can be worked on at the same time. With different work crews all under the same company and coordinating together, project are able to complete more efficiently.

In a current renovation project tile masons and carpenters work together completing details on a washroom.

Heating Things Up: Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Arroyo Seco Construction designs and constructs the highest quality fire pits and fireplaces that will complete your outdoor entertaining area. While adding greater functionality to a space by providing cozy warmth, an outdoor fire feature can become the focal point and the glowing star of your landscape. 

Fireplaces create an intimate gathering space, making a perfect area to congregate to on Santa Barbara’s cool evenings. 

Fire Pits create a great gathering space for a larger group of people, by distributing heat in all directions your guests can gather together around and enjoy radiant heat.

A Years’ Review

In 2015 Arroyo Seco Construction had the pleasure of working with amazing clients and on exciting projects that kept us immersed in the work we are passionate about.

Construction, Renovations, Remodels, Landscaping, Hardscaping, Metal Work and Masonry rounded out a year of rewarding projects. 

Renovations/Remodel

Store front and interior renovation with construction of new balcony and wheelchair access ramp. Home remodel with full interior and exterior gutting and refurbishing.  

Hardscape/landscape

New Pools, Fountains and fitness areas were developed along with brand new landscapes and garden features. Landscapes were designed recognition of our climate conditions reaching our low water goals, while achieving the sensation of lush and texturally interesting plantings. 

Metal Work / Masonry

Our master masons and metal workers produced magnificent works of art, fulfilling both their needed form and function while creating exquisite focal pieces. 

We at Arroyo Seco Construction wish everyone an exceptional holiday and fantastic new year!

Cement: Color, Texturization and Pattern Making Through Stains

We recently had the opportunity to re-make a patio and entertaining area featuring steps and fire pit. This patio connected the main house to the pool house both of which had different color and texture process done to the walkways. In order to best match these two areas’ walkways we applied a pattern to the newly poured patio and implemented a staining technique to seamlessly bring the areas together.


Staining concrete can be a more economical way to achieve the look and design of your, patio, walkways, floors and driveways. Stains can be applied with stencils for complex designs or mimic tile patterns. Depending on the type of stain, you can achieve a solid color or a mixture of subtle more organic hues. Because the Stains penetrate into the concrete and sealers are placed on top they are long lasting, durable and won’t fade overtime.