PLANT LIST Magnolia Tree Texas Mountain Laurel Celeste Fig Tree Esperanza Turk's Cap Coral Berry Plumbago Trailing Rosemary Texas Sage Golden Showers Thryallis Upright Rosemary Variegated Ginger Trailing Lantana Texas Sotol Gulf Muhly Bamboo Muhly Russian Sage Bicolor Iris Inland Seaoats Blue Drama Blonde Ambition Texas Betony Dwarf Loropetalum Cherry Sage Heartleaf Skullcap Catmint Blackfoot Daisy Canna Lily Wooly Stemodia Star Jasmine Zoysia Sod
Designer: Erin Spencer
Project date: July 16, 2023
Price range: $200,000 - $500,000
HARDSCAPE LIST Pro Gro Soil Whittlesey Hardwood Mulch Washed River Gravel 1 1/2” Blackstar Gravel 3/8” Brazos Gravel 2-4” Pancake Boulders Limestone Boulders Sawn Cut Limestone Slab Step Stones Limestone Chopped Block Edging and Stair Steps in the shade Nicotine 4” welded metal plate edging Tour Putt 40 and Nylon Putt 44 turf Hog Panel trellis Steel Plate for retaining wall Custom metal railing Sawed limestone for staircase Geocell parking strip Siteone landscape lights Reused onsite boulders Irrigation System Upgrade Custom limestone boulder address marker
High atop one of the beautiful hills of Jester Estates, you’ll find our newest extensive project, Jester’s Crown. This magical location consisted of a complete landscape renovation, focusing on a reduction of lawn and the creation of a more functional space.
A Beautiful Meandering Custom Staircase Creates a Stunning Impact
A steeply graded front yard is transformed with a beautiful custom meandering staircase down to the front entry that provides a true sense of arrival as it lulls guests through the landscape, allows for enjoyment of the space, and helps ease runoff flowing toward the house. Planted with beautiful natives and dressed with Texas hardwood mulch, large chunk blackstar gravel, and accented with limestone boulders excavated from the site, this blend of hardscape captivates the eye, adding visual interest all year ’round. A custom, contemporary metal hand railing adds a touch of modernity and a ton of safety, while the stairs themselves visually marry to the stone of the front porch.
Limestone Boulder Accents
Limestone boulders excavated from the site perfectly play off of the limestone chopped block edging and stair steps in the shade nicotine. At night, when accented by the landscape lighting, they display stunning depth and texture. The dark tone of the hardwood much creates beautiful contrast.
Extending the Hours of Enjoyment in Your Yard
Landscape lighting accents the hardscape and landscape of this project while providing safe lighting for maneuvering the stairway at night, and extended enjoyment of the entire property.
Custom Limestone Address Marker
Accenting the home with a custom address marker illuminated by the same landscape lighting and site-excavated limestone boulders carried out toward the rest of the property makes the home quickly recognizable to guests parking at street-level.
Intelligently Mixing Hardscapes
A blend of small blackstar gravel, large, chunky blackstar gravel, and turf come together with a definitive border of metal edge, adding contrast and visual interest in the hardscape. The smaller blackstar gravel area acts as a wonderful overflow parking area, and the size of the gravel allows for effective mulching and spread of these new plantings. Beneath the gravel, honeycomb NDS gravel pavers add stability to the space and discourage gravel shifting and wash-out.
A Custom Trellis and Extended Parking
A cleverly placed hog panel trellis planted with star jasmine will grow in to conceal the utilities at the front of the house. A bed of chunky blackstar gravel with large pavers divides the space between the front porch and the versatile overflow parking area, top-dressed with finer blackstar gravel, coordinating materials but adding textural interest.
A Welcoming Walkway
This unique walkway incorporates a border of sawn cut limestone slab step stones with a filling of blackstar gravel, creating contrast and visual interest, as well as breaking up the mulched space of the front yard grade and the mulched space of the front bed, planted with variegated ginger. Landscape lighting illuminates the stone walls of the house in the evening providing drama and texture.
An Improved Backyard Entry
The beautiful front pathway carries down the side of the house in these gorgeous custom stairs, detracting the eye from the utilities and offering a safer walkway to the backyard gate.
The Perfect Place to Play
Truly a backyard playground for kids of all ages… the sports court, putting green, swimming pool, jacuzzi, fire pit, and outdoor kitchen all look out over the beautiful hills of west Austin.
A Beautiful Blending of Boulders
This beautiful custom pancake boulder staircase leads you down to the sports court and chipping green, and carries through the design of the custom hand railing from the front yard into the back. A unique scape of limestone honeycomb boulders borders both sides and ties the design into to the split-level retaining wall.
Mixing Hard & Soft
The contrast of the soft trailing lantana, architectural lines of the retaining wall, and mound of organically shaped limestone boulders creates a ton of visual interest in a small area.
A Unique Graded Retaining Wall Defines the Space
The honeycomb limestone that border the pancake boulder stairs carry over, adding organic texture to this unique, split-level retaining wall while native grasses bridge the gap between natural and architectural.
The pancake boulder staircase and limestone boulder retaining wall are visually carried down in the pathway that runs along side the sports court and the border of the chipping green. Outfitted with two types of artificial turf, the chipping green mimics the rough and the fairway.
Taking advantage of the unused space behind the pool, the client was excited to install a five-hole putting green. Using two types of artificial turf to mimic the fairway and the rough, you don’t have to leave home to brush up on your form. The view is truly every linksman’s dream. And with landscape lighting surrounding the green? Tee time can be anytime.
This pool and jacuzzi overlooking the gorgeous hills of west Austin provides a truly perfect spot to relax and take the plunge.
Al Fresco at Its Finest
The outdoor kitchen ties to a dining area and neighbors the fire pit and hot tub. Overlooking the stunning greenbelt behind the property, it’s the ideal station for any pit master.
A Sweeping Swale Path
We increased safety and improved usage in the deep back yard by carving out a path following the natural swaleway. Incorporating the same honeycomb boulders and blackstar gravel used throughout the property, the home how has a beautiful path leading down to the greenbelt beyond the gate. The area has also been cleared for future wildflower seeding and future utilization of the back acreage.