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.
After their brand new construction was completed, this family had a beautiful and comfortable home that truly fit their needs. However, this new construction lacked an outdoor living space, which left the backyard feeling stark and bare. With this blank slate, we were able to create a relaxing environment for this family to enjoy.
Faced with the challenge of using every square-inch of this small space, Native Edge was able to design a landscape that left this family worry-free. We incorporated a low maintenance composite decking system, modern raised metal planters, and a bubbling urn water feature to tie this peaceful landscape together. The poor drainage of the lot gave us the opportunity to create a striking cat walk and drainage feature, which left ample room for their vegetable and herb garden hobby. There is even a nook for the family dog to enjoy!
This project won the bronze awards for Landscape Design in the 2017-2018 Texas Excellence In Landscaping Awards.
This duplex has a very modern aesthetic with focuses on clean lines and metal accents. However, the front courtyard was undeveloped and uninviting. We worked with the client to tie the courtyard and the property together by adding clean, monochromatic details with a heavy focus on texture.
The main goal of this project was to add a low-maintenance outdoor living space that was an extension of the home. The small space and harsh sun exposure limited the plant pallet, but we were able to use lush plant material to maximize the space. A monochromatic pallet makes for a perfect backdrop for focal points and key pieces. The circular fire-pit was used to break up the 90 degree angles of the space, and also played off the round pottery.
This customer had grown tired of constantly fighting her yard. Though it was small, it's steep slope proved to make keeping it in tip top shape an impossible task. Slopes are never easy for grass to grow on. For one, our already infrequent rain does not have a chance to reach the roots as gravity pulls the water down hill before it can soak into the soil. The struggling grass also created an erosion problem where the customer was finding more and more dirt piled along the fence. Finally, the slope of the yard was simply not a comfortable space for friends and family to use as overflow space when the patio was full.
Our solution was to introduce a series of level terraces. These terraces allowed the grass to capture water, slowed down water flow to prevent erosion, and provided additional useable space for her guests to enjoy.
Sometimes, keeping it simple can have a huge pay off. These clients wanted to update their courtyard to match the style of their very modern condo. With limited space, and a desire to reduce water and maintenance of their yard, we designed a beautiful, simple, and elegant retreat. To optimize the space, strategic plantings and simple construction was used to distract from necessary utility eye sores and improve the flow and functionality of the space.
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Small yards are always a welcomed challenge! The exposed utilities, and awkward slope presented even more landscape challenges to deal with. Despite these obstacles, we were able to create an accessible and inviting space by using three different pathways as a focal feature of the yard, leading into the open and borderless design.
To makes the space feel larger, a custom designed steel retaining wall was installed and the yard was regraded to achieve this effect. The sawn limestone slab stairs wedged between sheets of steel offer a contrast that is Modern-Rustic; a landscape style emerging here in Austin. A steel trellis to hide a collection of utilities is featured opposite a steel box planter, which add to the style as well as complimenting the asymmetry of the home very nicely.
We used a simple, airy, and of course, drought-tolerant plant palette. Evergreen trailing rosemary to spill over the retaining wall, a carpet of thymes to creep in amongst the limestone slab pavers, and some well chosen tropical looking plants will soften the entire feel as they grow. It's such a unique landscape! Can't wait to see how it matures!
“Small spaces need BIG ideas” As a transplant from the Big Apple, this customer was accustomed to small spaces. What might seem like a small Texas yard, was more than enough to create three separate outdoor living spaces for her new Austin life!Mixing classic South Austin flare with her love of “all things zen,” we created this unique and relaxing sanctuary. Read More »South Lamar Condo