This new construction in the Cochran Heights neighborhood needed a modern backyard to match the clean and simple geometry of the home. The open space was vast enough for a lengthy pool with shallow lounger, flanked by lawn and plantings. It acts as a focal point of the main living areas, viewed through walls of glass that open to the private backyard.The landscape is divided into rooms, with raw steel walls creating negative spaces to accentuate the homeowners’ art and sculpture collection.
The clients wanted some clean and modern additions to their home. Two arbors were built, one as a invitation over the main entry as well as a shelter for an outdoor kitchen. A pool was added to accentuate the views of the lake from the site along with a fire table to warm up the space.
O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. With 10 acres lovingly restored from an overgrown tangle to a myriad of trails and meadows, it’s been described as “a meditative wonderland.” Photography courtesy of Jenifer McNeil Baker
Working with the owner/developers and a team of artists, architects and native plants experts, the rugged natural character of farm and floodplain was preserved even as residential and commercial environments were built. The innate qualities of the site are reflected in the new developments.
This small enclave of mixed traditionally-styled homes was designed to emulate the surrounding Lakewood style from the twenties and thirties. While each home is different, the landscapes work together to form a cohesive neighborhood and give the secluded cul-de-sac the feel of a small park. Lush plantings, gravel drives, patios, water features, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are all customized for each homeowner within the overall theme.