Category: Small Space

Jan 6

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! 

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Jan 4

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. 

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Oct 11

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

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May 20

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Check out this project in Austin Home Magazine! 


With a passion for entertaining both children and adults, this family needed a flexible and usable space. Additionally, recent construction had changed the family’s greenbelt view, into an industrial eye sore.  Taking cues from the modern interior decorating of the house, we revitalized this tired and tiny back yard into an open and flowing oasis of fun and functionality.

A low maintenance, drought tolerant plant palette was a must for this busy family, and is reflected in our plant choices of ornamental grasses and agaves. A custom constructed swing complements and anchors the play area, without visually invading the overall esthetic of the yard. The swings construction will easily accommodate a hammock as the children get older.  The implantation of bamboo screening hides the new industrial area by blending the space into the surrounding greenbelt. Custom cedar benches provide additional seating and are complimented by large custom metal planters to anchor the space. Removing large areas of struggling grass and replacing it with limestone and black gravel, creates a perfect area for larger groups to mingle.   With distinct areas for children play, adult seating and  “free range socializing” this small space is ready for big parties. 

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Dec 5

What an exciting project! For this project we needed to solve the problematic space for a growing family to merge two areas – one for the adults and one for the kids. In these photos you will see how we seamlessly created one great space for the whole family to enjoy! We used recycled and

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Jul 22

IMG_5413Sometimes, 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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Mar 23

Brentwood Xeriscape

By Erin Phillips | Comments 2

IMG_4481Small 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!

 

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Sep 16

South Lamar Condo

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

“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

Jul 21

Tortoise Habitat

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

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There’s a first time for everything! When this customer contacted us, we had no idea that his “16 year old” would turn out to be a tortoise! There were very specific needs that had to be met, and we rose to the challenge! Not only did the space require all plant material to be edible and nontoxic, but the habitat would also need multiple types of terrain, a shelter, and a sustainable water source. With this recipe we turned this landscape into something beautiful, but also fully functional!

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Jan 23

Private Courtyard

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

This client needed to update and create structure to an original architectural design element of their 1970’s home. The walls were already defining the work space, we just needed to add a bit of pizzaz to make this space work. To borrow one of our favorite quotes…“Small spaces need big thinking!” This amazing entry courtyard was over grown and crowded. With a few simple trimmings, great new plant pallet, and helping define the space with a Decomposed Granite walkway… we were able to go from a dark, dingy entry way to an entry courtyard worth spending time to welcome family and friends!   Read More

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