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May 2020

From the Ground Up: How Pathways Move

by Erin Crespo / May 5, 2020

The path is one of the oldest forms of design, an escort for the new, a guide for the lost, a practical direction in and out of a space. It’s an instruction manual with no words. Go this way. That is the influence of spatial design.
My favorite aspect of design is that everything, every little thing - is an opportunity for influence. The pathway is a pivotal part of creating an atmosphere, it serves your purposes, it takes your guests where you want them and returns them to where they have already been. How do you want them to feel? The amount of space a person has at their disposal can open or cut off their imagination of what is even possible to do.Think back to the last time you were in a field. That wide open expanse allowed you to relax and envision a wealth of possibilities; “we can play a game, we can toss a ball, we can lie down, we can sit and eat, we can spread a blanket…we can, we can, we can”.Now think about the last time you were in a shop that had a few too many shelves, the aisles were too tight - you wanted to get out of there. The same thing happens when we walk on a path; a shared sidewalk ten feet across simply feels different than the regular width of five, even though the concrete may be identical.When our designers plan a space; access, transition and purpose all contribute to the final layout. The height of your steps, the spaces between stones, the width of a strip, the angle of a turn, even the "shape" of your walkway all comes into the design. We want to provide our customers with a functional space that works not only for the landscape, but the goals each homeowner has for using it.  Ready to change your path? Reach out to us to for a new way to navigate your landscape!
To see more images from the projects above please check out the portfolio links below: Barton Hills Contemporary Curb Appeal Barton Hills Modern Xeriscape Brentwood Plunge Courtyard Oak Hill Country Estate Travis Heights Modern Bungalow

Color Burst: Impact of Wildflowers

by Erin Crespo / May 5, 2020

Wildflowers are one of nature’s most exuberant participants. Producing entire fields of seasonal color, their explosive entrances mark one of the most lovely - and in Texas the toughest - times of year.
Wildflowers are a perfect illustration of the Texas landscape: it’s hot, we're here, and we will be back. We have the privilege of witnessing them carpet the forgotten places, blanketing the empty zones we pass on obligatory commutes - another call from nature to remain grateful even when things are temporary. They remind of us of color, the season, and how to enjoy the little things.Color has the distinct ability to impact our mood - to lift our spirits, soothe, energize or welcome. Little pockets of vibrancy in your landscape can enrich a space, without overpowering it. The Texas Department of Transportation knows this; every year they have an annual program that buys and sows over 30,000 POUNDS of wildflower seed across our Texas highways.Who doesn’t love a field blazing full of Indian Paintbrushes, winking Blackfoot Daisies, elegant stalks of Purple Coneflower, or the tender welcome of pink Buttercups? These tiny clusters of color withstand the wind, the rain and the heat and they make all the difference for drivers who see their prolific blooms. You can enjoy the same seasonal impact at your home!A favorite for many pollinators, saving a space in your landscape for wildflowers can also bring very pretty guests to your doorstep. Spread the love and bring wildflowers into your landscape! They are usually grown from seed, but with options in both annuals and perennials you can create a colorful space that can change and grow over the years. Explore local wildflower options and have fun selecting your own bursts of color!Buy local wildflower seed and when your flowers bloom, wish them well!
References: Potter, Anna. The Flower Fix. (White Lion 2019); Darcey, Cheralyn. Flowerpaedia. (Rockpool 2017) “Wildflower Program.” Texas Department of Transportation, www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/maintenance/wildflower-program.html. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.