Building Better Futures
A former elementary school and grounds are being transformed into a place of fun, learning, physical fitness, and social services. The elementary school was shuttered several years ago. It is now being reimagined as the newest Boys and Girls Club center. Outdoor learning and social spaces are being integrated into the existing structure. Learning labs, and spaces for the fine arts, are combined with counseling and food services for a complete physical and educational program. A reimagined park space includes improved play, basketball, walking, and flag football elements. Revamped parking, walkways, and signage add to the overall guest experience. We applaud the Boys and Girls Club for having the vision to provide their services to an underserved portion of the city, as well as, focusing on sustainability by adaptively reusing a former elementary school site.
"Hook 'em Horns" y'all!. A former service station has been transformed into a mixed-use development that houses an admissions center for The University of Texas at Austin. The evergreen landscape palette focuses the eye on the orange building accents, Cor-ten steel and river rock. Existing specimen plant material was preserved which adds beauty and value.
The design for this Native residence focuses on heavy layering of native plant material that helps balance the house volume. Features include a fabulous outdoor entertaining area, pergola, grilling, paver and stone walkways, landscape lighting, pool upgrades, and open lawn spaces complete this unique and fabulous residence. Finally, the combination of dappled shade, water, and sweet scents create a wonderful sensory experience. We always strive to create a design that results in the best house on the block!
We are excited to share the groundbreaking photos of the new Las Esperanzas subdivision. We are in the design phase for this subdivision's phase 2 additions. Phase 2 features a park with connecting trails, playground, reforestation, dog park, and picnic areas. The park trails will connect to the new apartments, townhomes, and commercial plazas that encompass the existing lake. Follow us to see how this project develops.
This rustic residence features a formal entrance and circle drive. The new lagoon style pool is nestled between a sun deck, fire feature, and outdoor kitchen. The kitchen is adjacent to the raised vegetable garden to provide fresh herbs for all your grilled treats. The site planning and grading process played an integral role in creating a cohesive outdoor setting. Multiple outdoor entertaining spaces provide a full use of the exterior space. Time for a dip in the pool!
all american getaway
This all-American getaway ranch is located in Kingsville; home of the King Ranch. It features a formal entrance and whimsical drive. Multiple seating areas are nestled between a pond, guest house, main house, and groves of trees. Finally, fabulous waterfront outdoor entertaining, grilling, field stone walkways, solar panels, and open lawn spaces complete this unique and fabulous residence. Talk about enjoying the 4th of July weekend in style.
southwest sculpture park
The construction on the Southwest Sculpture Park is complete. This art collector’s estate was transformed by the careful placement of native plants and stone to enhance the wide variety of outdoor sculptures. Sustainable themes of xeric plants, reusing existing materials, and reducing lawn area were blended into the existing retaining wall system. The marriage of Southwest style and a fabulous art collection create an exceptional outdoor space. The dramatic before and after images show the power of a proper landscape design.
texas contemporary estate
This Texas contemporary estate features a formal entrance and whimsical drive. Multiple seating areas are nestled between a sun deck, pool, pool house, outdoor kitchen, orchards, and groves of trees. Nature play areas, labyrinth, native gardens, and a meadow offer a wide range of options for the kids.
The home has an understated entrance with specimen plant material and guest parking areas that lead to the guest quarters. Finally, fabulous waterfront outdoor entertaining, grilling, and open lawn spaces complete this unique and fabulous residence.
Tiny but mighty!
The community greenspace of this multifamily tiny home development near Austin features a variety of amenities that make it easy for one to be outdoors. Outdoor recreation options include a central park with walking trails, dog park, shaded picnic tables, bbq grills, restrooms, nature play area, and traditional playground. Near the community central building is a hub of outdoor dining, dog wash station, and open green space. Smaller pocket parks are scattered throughout the development that include putting greens, casual seating areas, and pollinator gardens. Streambank stabilization methods are incorporated to protect the stream that weaves through the development. This project will provide the residents with a wonderful place to play, exercise, and build a stronger community.
A premier South Texas school district requested a complete renovation of one of their early college high school campus. Currently the 2,200 students change classes, eat lunch, and socialize in a completely concrete environment. Our design concept is to integrate as many natural elements as possible. Stone patios with cell phone charging stations, a cor-ten steel clock tower, a hanging garden landmark sign, rain gardens, ephemeral streams, umbrella shades, tree groves, meadows, and pollinator gardens will be added. New entrance-way experiences will greet students, staff, and visitors. Lighting will add interest and expand the use of outdoor spaces at night.
Andrew Heffner is a registered landscape architect in Michigan and Texas. He earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.