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Tarrytown Wraparound

by Rodney Stoutenger / January 30, 2021

This young family came to us looking to transform their yard into an area where they could easily entertain their guests. They were looking to add a seamless wraparound patio that meshed with the look of their existing home and garage. Concrete was chosen as the base of the patio, and was then topped with limestone slabs. A short retaining wall was added along the edge of the patio in the back to give the space more definition. Raised planters along the garage and a custom outdoor kitchen extend their living space to the outdoors. The designer chose to add lighting along the edge of the retaining wall giving the space a low, warm blanket of light. Bougainvillea was planted along the garage climbing upwards, providing a pop of color against the light coloring of the home. Holly trees were chosen to line the backyard fence, as well as the side yard along the street. This helped to provide a green wall of privacy and soften the stone facade.

Project Info

Designer: Rodney Stoutenger
Project date: January 30, 2021
Price range: $150,000 - $200,000

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Pergolas: A Perfect Fit For Any Outdoor Space

by Rowan Marney / December 29, 2020

Pergolas are a durable and low maintenance option to help define your outdoor space.


Pergolas are an extremely popular feature for outdoor spaces. Not only do they add value to your home, they are affordable, versatile, and easy to install in any space. Pergolas can be built out of many different types of material such as wood, metal, and plastic. They also can be fitted with a canopy, retractible or not, to add a bit more shade. Pergolas are structured to be durable and low maintenance so that they’re ready to be used, no matter the weather.

Nicer to look at than other shade options such as awnings, pergolas can create a cohesive look with the home while adding a sculptural and architectural aspect to the space. They provide extra privacy as well as shade and temperature control, making relaxing under one during the heat of the summer a breeze. Pergolas can be a simple structure, or contain added features like a canopy or moveable beams to create added shade. Pergolas can be simple in design or complex with added features, making them completely adaptable to the space they fill.

Not only are pergolas nice for homeowners, they are great for plants that couldn’t normally survive direct sunlight. Pergolas do not completely disrupt sunlight or air flow, creating optimal growing conditions for plants. They also provide a great opportunity to add vining plants to the base of the structural beams, giving them plenty of room to grow vertically.

If your backyard has been lacking that certain something, try looking into having a pergola installed! These highly customizable structures help define outdoor spaces while adding a bit of extra shade. Pergolas can be built to fit just about any space, making them a top choice for a landscaping structure.

 

Mt. Bonnell Lakeside Retreat

by Rodney Stoutenger / November 13, 2017

For this project we were given the pleasure of working with one of our repeat clientsand quite the project it was. Situated in one of Austin’s most premiere locations, before we got our hands on it the landscape for this house was left in significant disrepair. There were broken water features, limbs damaging the sides of the house, overgrown grass and weeds, and overgrown vines. The homeowners trusted us to come up with new ways to enhance and cleanup the space on this beautiful property, while also keeping it dog friendly and adding some new raised planters for a vegetable garden. Two living walls and a custom water feature made this property unique from others like it, and native plants were chosen to frame the house, rather than distract from it, giving it our Native Edge touch. After several months of install, plus one outdoor shower and kitchen later, the finished product turned out to be well worth the effort.

Project Info

Designer: Rodney Stoutenger
Project date: November 13, 2017

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Rob Roy Patio and Outdoor Kitchen

by Jake / November 17, 2014

IMG_5526_FotorAfter completing pool construction several years ago, these home owners wanted to extend the functionality of their existing limestone pool deck by adding additional lounging space and increasing the outdoor living area.

Built into a hillside in bee caves Texas, we used natural stone materials locally sourced to extend the existing outdoor pool patio and build a custom outdoor kitchen.

The patio includes an 18 foot built in stone bench designed for lounging by the pool and sun bathing. The kitchen features custom pored concrete countertops, a “big green egg” grill, 32 inch cooktop, and a custom cedar pergola for shade.

See the progress of this project on our blog!

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Finishing touches coming soon!

by Rodney Stoutenger / July 29, 2014

Finishing touches coming soon! #outdoorkitchen #bbq #grill #limestone #patio #pergola #atx #hardscape #hardatwork #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape
Finishing touches coming soon! #outdoorkitchen #bbq #grill #limestone #patio #pergola #atx #hardscape #hardatwork #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

In Goes The Limestone: Featured Project 2014 – Limestone Retaining Wall, Patio & Kitchen

by Jake / June 27, 2014

Limestone waiting to become the new retaining wall

Limestone waiting to become the new retaining wall.

Kyle is finishing up the framing of the new kitchen

Kyle is finishing up the framing of the new kitchen

The walls are taking shape!

The walls are taking shape!

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Limestone wall is built up against the backerboard to keep moisture out!

Limestone wall is built up against the backerboard to keep moisture out!

The first of several steps coming of the existing patio.

The first of several steps coming of the existing patio.

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New patio and kitchen coming your way soon!

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 25, 2014

New patio and kitchen coming your way soon! #outdoorkitchen #patio #naturalstone #atx #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape
New patio and kitchen coming your way soon! #outdoorkitchen #patio #naturalstone #atx #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

The Walls Go Up: Featured Project 2014 – Limestone Retaining Wall, Patio & Kitchen

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Retaining wall has been stacked, mortared, and back filled.

Retaining wall has been stacked, mortared, and back filled.

Retaining wall has been stacked, mortared, and back filled.

Retaining wall has been stacked, mortared, and back filled.

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Rodney and Kyle finalize a few design details of the wall.

Rodney and Kyle finalize a few design details of the wall.

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We have had our fair share of wildlife on this project. This is a red headed centipede. 9 inches long!

We have had our fair share of wildlife on this project. This is a red headed centipede. 9 inches long!

The Wood Forms Come Off: Featured Project 2014 – Limestone Retaining Wall, Patio & Kitchen

by Jake / June 24, 2014

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Now that the concrete is dry, the crew works on removing the wooden forms.

Now that the concrete is dry, the crew works on removing the wooden forms.

Juan cuts pipes to be used for drainage.

Juan cuts pipes to be used for drainage.

Everything is progressing quickly.

Everything is progressing quickly.

This cinderblock will become our new retaining wall.

This cinderblock will become our new retaining wall.

Concrete Delivery : Featured Project 2014 – Limestone Retaining Wall, Patio & Kitchen

by Jake / June 23, 2014

Concrete is delivered and poured into our forms.

This concrete pump allows us to easily bring the concrete down the awkward hill directly to the new patio.

This concrete pump allows us to easily bring the concrete down the awkward hill directly to the new patio.

The arm of the concrete pump is guided over the trees and to the new retaining wall/patio.

The arm of the concrete pump is guided over the trees and to the new retaining wall/patio.

Kyle and Juan guide the concrete hose to make sure it is evenly distributed through the form.

Kyle and Juan guide the concrete hose to make sure it is evenly distributed through the form.

Kyle guides the hose through the forms of the new kitchen area.

Kyle guides the hose through the forms of the new kitchen area.

The forms are full and have been smoothed out. Now we just have to wait for them to dry.

The forms are full and have been smoothed out. Now we just have to wait for them to dry.

Vertical rebar is comes out of this footer to stabilize the future retaining wall.

Vertical rebar is comes out of this footer to stabilize the future retaining wall.

Tomorrow (when the concrete is dry) the wooden forms will be removed, and the masons can start building the retaining wall.

Tomorrow (when the concrete is dry) the wooden forms will be removed, and the masons can start building the retaining wall.