Apr 13

We at Native Edge Landscape want to thank you for visiting our property during the 2022 Austin Outdoor Living Tour! We are eager to share our favorite project from this past year with you. Feel free to grab a drink and find some of our team around the property to discuss the features of the space as well as any future landscaping goals you may have yourself!

In this blog we are going to discuss the details about the features that are found on this property, as well as look at how this all came together so beautifully.

 

About The Property

This mid-century ranch makeover was designed to create an exciting outdoor living space to compliment the homeowners’ in-ground pool and outdoor movie theatre. We wanted the unique style of the home to extend into their outdoor space. Architectural plants paired with the movement of softer flowers and grasses blend into a visually striking and relaxing space for this young family to entertain and enjoy! Texture was a big influence in this landscape with a mix of hardscape and foliage to fuse the space into a modern rustic charm. Windmill palms, cacti, and yuccas were paired with flowering perennials and ornamental grasses to provide seasonal bursts of color and amplify the southwestern ambiance.

Cafe lights and hitching-post towel racks were selected for a cozy and eccentric Austin flare. Artificial Turf was installed to replace the pre-existing pea gravel to soften the landscape and create a more pet-friendly backyard for their dog to play in. An outdoor kitchen with a raised countertop for extra seating was built within access of two doors for hosting and cleaning convenience. With this backyard makeover, the hosting possibilities are endless!

Now let’s take a look at some of the unique features around the property!

 

Cedar Hitching Posts

The homeowners were looking for a unique feature to hold their towels while they swam in the pool. They came up with the genius idea of using hitching posts to fit the mid-century ranch theme they had going on. The raw cedar logs are a charmingly rustic addition to the space, and we love the opportunity to incorporate regional materials that help create an instantly recognizable sense of place in our projects.

 

Metal Arbor

A metal arbor was added in over the artificial turf as a solution for a flexible outdoor space designed to host TRX equipment for workouts. When the workout is over and it’s time to relax or set up to entertain, the arbor can host hanging lounge chairs or be left open for an uninterrupted expanse of usable space. The arbor also lends itself to the strand of cafe lights that zig zag above the popular hangout spots within the landscape to compete the atmosphere for evening gatherings. 

 

Pool Planters and Water Feature

We always look for opportunities to repurpose materials. Not only does it save you money, but you eliminate excess materials going to waste! The course limestone builder block was repurposed from an existing wall around the front porch and given new life in the backyard as a planter. The limestone texture couples well with the smooth metal used throughout the landscape. It provides a dynamic foundation for backdrop plantings, as well as a custom water feature that ties the home, pool, and surrounding landscape together. The wall of planters serves a double purpose by protecting the pool from any stormwater runoff that would otherwise drain towards the pool due to pre-existing drainage conditions. 

 

Breeze Block Courtyard

The entry walkway and front porch needed a bit of updating to match the backyard. Our goal was to enhance curb appeal, make the space more approachable, and to create an intimate space to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the neighborhood.  The expanded front porch features repurposed limestone from the original wall, breeze blocks, composite decking, and metal for a mid-century modern update that perfectly compliments the home and backyard landscape.  

 

Outdoor Kitchen

No backyard entertainment space is complete without a custom outdoor kitchen. The materials for this kitchen were selected to compliment the surrounding pool deck and nearby breeze block accent wall. The appliances and cabinetry were custom powder coated for an extra pop of color that ties in with the seating around the custom fire pit. The location of this kitchen is conveniently situated close enough to the back door for easy prep and clean up, while also being central to the various entertainment spaces within the backyard. This ensures that the person manning the grill is never excluded from the party!

 

We hope you enjoyed this property as much as we did while designing and building it! Don’t forget to stop by our sister companies Garden Seventeen and 604 Coffee (located at 604 Williams St. 78752) for a special Outdoor Living Tour discount! By showing your ticket to the tour, you can get 10% off your order at both companies for today only (April 23rd, 2022)!

 

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Jan 27

Native Edge Landscape of Austin, TX 

Awarded Best of Houzz 2022

2022 people’s choice award highlights top home professionals among the Houzz community, based on quality service and most popular designs

Austin, United States, January 27, 2022Native Edge Landscape of Austin, Texas has won two “Best of Houzz” awards for Design & Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Grown from seed in Austin, the 14-year old full-service landscaping business was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.7 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Jan 7

We have exciting news! We were featured in the newest season of Queer Eye on Netflix along with our sister company, Garden Seventeen! You can catch us on season 6 episode 6 titled “Community Allied”. Garden Seventeen provided plants, pots, and fountains, while our team did all the hard work in transforming Dr. Jereka Thomas’s space. This yard transformation was the largest in Queer Eye history, and we are so thrilled to have been a part of pulling it off! It was great meeting and working with Bobby and the rest of the designers and production team. Let us know what you think of Dr. Jereka Thomas’s transformation!

Below, we have some behind the scenes shots from the hero’s home, as well as some screen captures from the episode!

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Jan 6

These homeowners came to us with the desire to turn their basic grass lawn into a fun hangout space. In the new design, they wanted a large patio, a gathering place for a fire pit, native plantings, outdoor lighting, and a grassy area to accommodate yard games and the family dog all while addressing some drainage concerns! A designated space was left to accommodate the future hot tub; Designer Erin included pre-built steps in her plans when designing the layout of the patio so that they would have easy access in the future.

A cut out was added to the deck to leave an area for a water feature to be installed, and to give the deck additional interest and sharp angles to mirror zig-zag bridges found in traditional Asian style landscapes. The Gabian wall was added to help define the space while also giving a variation of texture from patio to lawn. The water feature itself was inspired by the Japanese bamboo “deer-scarer”; Erin’s interpretation uses the corten metal instead of the traditional bamboo. The issues and concerns with drainage were addressed with a French Drain and dry creek bed with also gave interest and a sense of movement to the landscape. Our final task was to add a small planting area to the front of the home to dress up the entry and bring a cohesive feel to the entire home.

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Dec 11

Hilltop Haven

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These homeowners have a beautiful hill country property and were looking to match the aesthetic of the home with an updated landscape design. The primary goals for this project included completing the landscape left unfinished around the existing pool, replacing as much lawn as possible with native plants to attract pollinators and birds, and reimagining the front yard hillside. Custom entry stairs and a bridge were added with steel raised planters to give dimension to the sloping walkway to include a formal path to the front door for guest parking at the street. The bridge gives a clear path over a dry creek drainage system made with river rocks, giving excess water a clear path to follow that avoids important areas of the home and landscaping. We added a custom address marker as well as a few bubbling boulder water features in the front and back yard to provide interest and water source for wildlife.

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Nov 9

We sat down with the experts over at Garden Seventeen to create the ultimate planting and care guide for your landscaping this fall and winter! The specific products we discuss will link to their online store where you can place online orders for curbside pickup. For any and all help with landscaping upkeep, seasonal planting, and other general maintenance, contact us today! We would love to help your landscaping look great year round.

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Oct 8

 

This mid-century ranch makeover was designed to create an exciting outdoor living space to compliment the homeowners’ in-ground pool and outdoor movie theatre. We wanted the unique style of the home to extend into their outdoor space. Architectural plants paired with the movement of softer flowers and grasses blend into a visually striking and relaxing space for this young family to entertain and enjoy! Texture was a big influence in this landscape with a mix of hardscape and foliage to fuse the space into a modern rustic charm. Windmill palms, cacti, and yuccas were paired with flowering perennials and ornamental grasses to provide seasonal bursts of color and amplify the southwestern ambiance.

Cafe lights and hitching-post towel racks were selected for a cozy and eccentric Austin flare. Artificial Turf was installed to replace the pre-existing pea gravel to soften the landscape and create a more pet-friendly backyard for their dog to play in. An outdoor kitchen with a raised countertop for extra seating was built within access of two doors for hosting and cleaning convenience. With this backyard makeover, the hosting possibilities are endless!

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Jun 24

We have had the pleasure of working on multiple projects for this property over the past few years! It has been great to watch the property change and turn into the native oasis it is today! The most important aspect of this property that the owner wanted to maintain was that all the plantings were native to Central Texas. The back of the property was filled with native plantings around the pool, and the property owner wanted a cohesive look with her beds in the front yard that had become overgrown. We removed the old plants and added in some of the same native plantings that were found in her back yard. Yaupon Holly was added along the property line to provide extra privacy from the neighbors and flowering natives were clustered to make the property more pollinator friendly!

Another request from the owner was that we make the property more inviting during the evenings. We added in some outdoor lighting to highlight the trees, as well as lighting that illuminated the pathway up to the house and around the back of the property. This added a dreamy element to the space, making the property more inviting to guests.

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Jun 1

Located in downtown Georgetown, this family transformed their front yard into a wildflower wonderland! They envisioned a welcoming entrance with seating and native landscaping to host both guests and pollinators on their property. They wanted to ditch their grass yard in favor of colorful native plants that would create a charming scene for friends and neighbors alike. They dreamed of a gathering space in their front yard that looked out over their native plantings, so we added a seating area with cafe lights and raised steel planters so that the plantings could be enjoyed while seated. Black star gravel was added for furniture and plant contrast, making them pop against the home and landscaping. This family now has a relaxing area to gather, host friends, and watch the pollinators visit their beautiful wildflowers!

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Apr 3

There is nothing better than a lush, green lawn. However the time, money, and effort needed to keep a lawn looking nice is sometimes too much to keep up with. Artificial turf is a great alternative for those who want the look of a healthy lawn year round without all the hassle!

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