This large property afforded us the ability to fill the front and rear lots with lush plants and stone walkways. We gave the front entrance courtyard it’s own private feel with nooks filled with a small water feature and sculptural work. The rear of the house features beautifully rustic, vine covered wood fencing and stone walkways leading you to a large rear yard. We filled the expansive rear yard with two large tree planters. Under one of these large trees is a hidden seating area to relax in the cool shade.
The large front yard of this home needed extra love and attention. To help fill the space, we installed a sweeping front Gravel path to guide visitors from the front door to the driveway. Large, colorful planting areas on both sides of the path makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into Wonderland!
We maximized the front space of this lot by adding thick, lush plantings with a stone slab parking area and stone steps up to the front door. Plants at the front included various Sedge, Yew, Aralia, Hellebore, Rosemary and Japanese Maple to bring the space to life. Next to the swimming pool, a mixture of Arizona Cypress and Podocarpus were used to give extra privacy.
The stone slabs at the front of this house function as extra parking space, transitioning to a walking path to the front door. We softened the modern lines of the home with arching plant beds, a water feature and fire pit area. The pool in the courtyard was designed to complement the house and enhance the varying grade levels of the interior space. Lush planting beds and stepping stones were used again to soften the view.
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