Category: Projects

Oct 4

With rapid development continuing to take effect in Austin, it’s not often we get to work with a gem like this four-unit complex built in the 1930’s. That’s back when the Mueller Airport just opened their doors, Austin mainly composed of downtown, East Austin, and the UT campus, and Hyde Park was considered the suburbs.

For our client it was important to create a garden that included areas for gathering and entertaining in a style that harmonized with the existing architecture. He not only wanted to create a cohesive scheme for the entire complex, but create a space for him and his residents to enjoy, as he also lived on the property.

The design took on a Mediterranean feel with xeric plantings like rosemary and olive, decomposed granite, and numerous terra cotta pots. A new outdoor kitchen with deck and storage solutions, as well as a water feature that tied in with the existing rock work, helped create that tuscan-feel with added style and warmth. We finished it off with a compact zoysia lawn, so passersby can sit and relax under a lacebark elm.

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Jun 27

When this customer bought her home a large dying tree had wrecked havoc on the existing landscape, and she was ready to start over. She wanted to create a space that was not only appealing, but provided room for her grandson to play.

In the front, we used a combination of street side plantings and flagstone landings add curb appeal and accessibility. In the back, play spaces are integrated within an array of nectar-rich plantings to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This encourages play in an area that would otherwise serve as just a path from the front yard to the back. A recycled tire dragon greats you as you make your way to the back yard, while a cedar climbing wall serves double duty by also screening the AC unit from view. Another double duty solution was the screening added to the stairs; this provides discrete storage as well as a garden space for herbs.

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Dec 3

Before, this backyard was just a grass lot. Now, this L-shaped space is being fully utilized; split between a patio, fire pit, and grill/dining area. Custom built-in  benches maximize the available seating and allow for cushions to seamlessly fit inside. Cafe lighting and a trellis add a bit of romance to this modern, clean, design. 

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Oct 3

 

After this home was completely rebuilt in the established Barton Hills neighborhood, the landscape needed a reboot to match the new modern/contemporary house.  To update the style, we replaced the cracked solid driveway with concrete ribbons and gravel that lines up with the garage. We built a retaining to hold back the sloped, problematic front yard. This leveled out a buffer space of plantings near the curb helping to create a welcoming accent for guests. We also introduced a comfortable pathway to transition through the yard into the new courtyard space, balancing out the scale of the house with the landscape.

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Sep 19

Wanting to mimic some of their favorite downtown bars and patios, this customer opted to remove their huge obtrusive pergola that was already in disrepair. In it’s place, we designed three separate spaces that overflow into one another, divided and softened by borderless plantings and low raised planters and ornamental trees. To address major drainage issues, we utilized rain barrels to ease and redirect water captured from the gutters.
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Sep 12

This yard was transformed from a bland bilder basic to a fun and lush xeriscaped entry way. To make the yard feel bigger, we removed the driveway and used gravel from end to end, creating an open, borderless planting and patio space across the entire front yard. For extra security and privacy, a fence was added along the front, which features an automatic gate for easy use as they come and go. With the limestone facade being one of the customers least favorite features of the house, we planted fig ivy vines to grow and cover it.

 

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Aug 30

 

This project is another example of how to maximize small spaces. This customer’s small Brentwood yard was centered around their new plunge pool. However, the existing pavers and layout left much to be desired. We reworked the pavers to create usable spaces and clean lines, and a vines and lighting work with the custom pergola to increase the privacy and add a soft vertical element to encourage the intimate feel of the space. Two other structures block the pool equipment and AC compressor from sight. This reduces the visual weight of these areas and allows the eye to focus on the crown jewel of the space… the pool.

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Aug 22

Brentwood Oasis

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Before we arrived, this back yard oasis had all of the water and none of the greenery! Installing a pool can be majorly damaging to your yard. To combat that we added raised planter beds with colorful plantings and fine textured foliage. To create a private space for the couple to relax in we also installed trellises and bamboo to soften the edges. Black star gravel and decomposed granite give it that beautiful and easy-going final touch.

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Aug 13

These customers thought their space was too small to utilize in the way they wanted. We introduced the idea of small spaces needing to be simple, yet impactful in every material and placement chosen. To make the space feel larger, we emphasized the visual height of the space with tall pottery, trellis work, and an herb planter wall, while taking advantage of unused space under the stairs to create storage. The large concrete patio pavers also assist with the illusion of a larger space. The entire space centers around a custom designed iron planter and fire pit combo for night time lounge entertaining.

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Aug 1

This couple had just built a new house on the outskirts of Austin and were in need of some new landscaping to go with it. For their large slopped yard they wanted limestone boulders to break up the space and keep it natural while a flagstone patio and fire pit could be the fun focal point to the design.

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