Before the renovation, the front yard sloped towards the street with no interesting curb appeal. Steel planters were terraced into the grade as well as a new flagstone path to easily carry traffic to the front door. A front sitting area also adds function to the otherwise unused space. Lush grasses and shrubs add fresh and airy coziness to the home.
This vastness of the site was a great opportunity to give this residence a secluded retreat feel, with wide porch and luxurious swimming pool fit for a spa resort.
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
This Bluffview couple wanted to push their home and landscape into the modern era. The subtle tapering of the pool gives the illusion of a longer space, while fine detailing like the water-level spa and the film of water over the step lend a quiet air. The new cabana, with its grill, fireplace and deep overhangs, provides coziness in winter and a cool oasis in the summer. Hidden away behind the pool house, a beautifully detailed ipe wood outdoor shower completes the spa-like atmosphere.
An Austin-stone residence in the Greenway Parks North area of Dallas, the backyard was devoid of character with only an outdated wood deck and converted garage studio as features. The owner, a Texas native who had moved back after years in Malibu, California, was referred by his Architect to Landscape Designer Patrick L. Boyd-Lloyd, APLD, with David Rolston Landscape Architects, to maximize the small backyard with feature’s he loved from days spent in the year-round outdoor environments he’d become accustomed to: Lounge Pool, with spa jets and heater, Check; Natural-gas Firepit (no smoke here!), Check; Outdoor Screen-wall for viewing Movies, Check; Lounge and Dining Spaces, Check; Lush and Textural plantings, Check. All tied together with a low maintenance Ipe wood Deck and custom cut random rectangle Oklahoma Flagstone.