Our Process

Listen. Dream. Design. Plan. Oversee.

We are your partner every step of the way. The process of achieving your ideal landscape begins with a personal meeting with one of our designers and a walk around your site. If you’re building a new house, we meet with the architect, builder and interior designers as well, to make sure the whole environment works together.

Then we’ll brainstorm about plants, pools, arbors, patios and any other features you’d like. We come up with preliminary concept plans, gradually refining the design to include Planting Plans and details of Hardscapes.

Along the way we develop budgets and estimates and recommend contractors. Finally, we’re on the job during construction, making sure everything is built and installed the way it was intended to be and your dream landscape can reach fruition.

Planting Plans

Your planting plan details which plants will be installed and their size and spacing. Combined with plant photos, the planting plan helps you visualize your finished landscape.

Hardscapes

The hardscape plan shows the non-plant elements of the landscape — driveways, walks, patios, pools — any architectural element other than your house.

Water Conscious Green Design

Everyone is concerned about water conservation these days (and if they’re not, they should be!) We’ve researched and experimented with drought-tolerant plants, both Texas natives and well-adapted species from all over.

We can design a rainwater harvesting system and suggest water-saving options for irrigation, too, to make sure you have the most efficient landscape possible.

Landscape Features

Here are some of the useful and delightful features we frequently design into our projects:

 

Arbors

In a hot-summer climate like Texas, an arbor can make the difference between a landscape you live in and one you view through the window. Arbors can screen a too-close neighbor's house, frame a beautiful view, provide summer shade, and give you winter structure that complements the architecture of your house.  

Firepits

A firepit gives you a cozy gathering place without the visual bulk and expense of a chimney and hearth. Often we use architectural steel shells that can hold logs in the winter and flowers in the summer, giving you four seasons of enjoyment.  

Fireplaces

What says home like friends gathered around a blazing hearth? Whether you're having a romantic tete-a-tete or or roasting marshmallows with the kids, an outdoor fireplace fulfills our elemental need for warmth and light.  

Fountains

Why do we like fountains? "If there is magic on the planet," according to Loren Eisley, "it is contained in the water."  

Hardscapes

The hardscape plan shows the non-plant elements of the landscape--driveways, walks, patios, pools--any architectural element other than your house.  

Outdoor Kitchen

Harking back to the "summer kitchens" of the old South, an outdoor kitchen makes great sense for entertaining crowds or just family. Even non-cooks love to grill out, and having the bar and fridge near a pool area keeps the wet feet, towels and dogs out of the house.

Patios

Patios and decks are your party rooms, your kids' play spaces, your dance floors and yoga studios. They smooth the transition from house to yard, extending architecture into the landscape and vice versa.  

Planting Plan

Your planting plan details which plants will be installed and their size and spacing. Combined with plant photos, the planting plan helps you visualize your finished landscape.  

Ponds

A dual purpose pond: shallow enough for kids to play safely in, and a lovely landscape feature all year. For more pond ideas, see "Water Features" in the Projects section.

Pools

Best way to stay cool in Texas summers. For more pools, see "Water Features" in the Projects section.  

Water Conscious Green Design

Harking back to the "summer kitchens" of the old South, an outdoor kitchen makes great sense for entertaining crowds or just family. Even non-cooks love to grill out, and having the bar and fridge near a pool area keeps the wet feet, towels and dogs out of the house.

Ready for an inspiring outdoor space of your own?

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