design & build
Shambhala Landscapes founder and owner Tsering Denma spent his early years immersed in the beautiful natural environment of Eastern Tibet. His skills and background combine nearly 20 years of training and experience in Western landscaping and construction methods with deep-rooted knowledge of Eastern philosophy. He has both class B (general building) and C27 (landscape) licenses with the California Contractors State License Board.
Tsering brings a rare combination of general construction expertise and home building experience, as well as a passion for artistry and design. He personally oversees every project and is involved in each step from initial consultation to installation to the final walk through. This ensures continuity, efficiency, and care. With one consistent and knowledgeable point of communication, you can rest assured that your project is in good hands.
We specialize in creating custom, functional outdoor spaces in San Francisco and surrounding areas with our full landscape design and construction services. Our experience, quality materials, and skilled workmanship will transform the outdoors into a true extension of your living space, seamlessly complementing your lifestyle for years to come.
Typical services include:
- Decks & Railings
- Retaining Walls
- Large Format Concrete Pavers
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Fire Pits
- Custom Sheds or Studios
- Treehouses, Climbing Walls, & Other Kid-Friendly Structures
- Built-In Benches
- Outdoor Showers
- Dog Runs
- Grading & Soil Amendment
- Artificial Turf
- Irrigation Systems
- Low-voltage LED Landscape Lighting
- Water Features
Our company philosophy is simple. We pride ourselves on timeliness, attention to detail, and building a relationship of trust and communication. We strive to ensure there are very few (if any) surprises, so that your project is completed as expected and on time. Client satisfaction is our top priority, and it’s why we only take on a limited number of projects.
If you’re interested in diving deeper, read on for some background on the meaning and roots of Shambhala:
Tibetan environmental philosophy is the product of thousands of years of individuals building and working with nature and utilizing sustainable traditions. Spiritual metaphors are used to analyze and describe the surrounding environment, seeking to maximize the balance between our daily lives and the natural elements around us. This system of analyzing the nature and quality of an environment views the sky as the father of the environment, the ground as the mother, and the atmosphere as the child. The soil is the flesh, the waters are the blood. The wind is the breath of the environment. The bodily hairs are the plants—the grasses, flowers and trees. Thus it is essential to treat these personified surroundings with the utmost respect and care.
Shambhala is the name of a legendary paradise of pristine surroundings and harmonious living. It is said to be shaped like a lotus flower, framed at the outskirts by snowcapped mountains and filled with vast grassland. Clear blue lakes and resplendent flowers and plant life are scattered throughout. At the heart lies a towering mountain, in front of which a famed palace stands, encrusted with the five precious jewels of gold, silver, turquoise, pearl, and coral. At the base of the lofty mountains, the land levels off into broad valleys and wide plains. The foothills gently descending from the majestic mountains to the luxuriant plains are like colorful and glorious tents of the finest silk brocade.
When gazing at such surroundings, from early morning as the sun first rises, until the last rays at sunset, it fills the mind with delight, elevates the mood, and lifts the spirit. Tibetan tradition holds this captivating vista as the foremost among landscapes.