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.
Earlier this year the state of Texas took a hard hit with the unprecedented freeze, however, it is time to bounce back. New plantings with a pop of color were recently added to the Tres Lagos entranceway. A series of palms along the boulevard lead you to the accented subdivision entrances that feature freeze tolerant native palms and flowering trees.
Change your home from blah to beautiful with a professionally designed landscape plan. The dramatic before and after images show the power that a proper landscape design has to enhance your home’s architecture. The plant palette features foxtail ferns, agapanthus, gulf muhly grass, and Gregg's mistflower that provide a layering effect. In addition, we integrated dry river beds to manage roof runoff and added a flagstone walkway that leads to a herb garden. We always strive to create a design that results in the best house on the block!
This garden home's key focus is on symmetry and balance. Features include geometric shapes, neatly trimmed hedges, gravel and paver pathways, and a simple but elegant color scheme. Crape myrtle, Japanese blueberry, Italian cypress, and waxleaf ligustrum are a few of the trees incorporated into the landscape beds that offer freeze hardy vertical elements. The pool and entrance courtyards include water features and trellises that add a touch of tranquility and a French flair.
Shortlisted! From a vast number of firms, we were shortlisted to provide conceptual design services for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Our proposal was to elevate the entrance signage to landmark status by including outdoor sculptures, enhancing the visual impact of the specimen oak, integrating the west side of the entrance for an immersive entrance experience, and adding realism to the cascade elements. The central cascade was integrated with the site by adding large boulders and plantings, adding signature signage, and lanterns in the trees. In the meadow we added screening and a layering of plant material to offer a sense of enclosure and privacy while framing views to the existing cascade. We added landmark elements like a series of outdoor fire features with seating and a spectacular element like a human nest that certifies that the space is Instagram worthy!
This art collector’s estate will be 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. Stay tuned for updates as the project will be under construction soon.
Construction is underway. We gave a facelift to this existing home located in the Dominion neighborhood in NW San Antonio. The design aesthetic of this residence is Hill Country Pop Art. Large scale abstract sculpture, masses of bright blooms, and a variety of stone materials combine to create a the client’s dream home. Follow us to see how this project develops.
This optometrist office has never looked better! We capitalized on the buildings new paint colors by adding tiered cor-ten steel planters and native plants that reflect the South Texas spirit. Significant grade changes provided a design opportunity for added interest and make this business a community landmark. This project also has built in value by reducing maintenance and water use without sacrificing beauty.
The design for the front garden of this residence focuses on a layering of plant material to soften the courtyard wall, focus your view on the main entrance, and balance the house volume. The courtyard features a pergola and water feature surrounded by palm trees, topiary, and cacti for a modern twist. The combination of dappled shade, falling 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! ⠀
The construction on this custom-built French country style home is complete. Classic design elements include geometric shapes, neatly trimmed hedges, gravel and paver pathways, and a simple but elegant color scheme. Crape myrtle, Japanese blueberry, Italian cypress, and waxleaf ligustrum were a few of the trees incorporated into the landscape beds that offer freeze hardy vertical elements. The courtyards include water and fire features that add a touch of romance and evokes the feeling of the French countryside.
Andrew Heffner is a registered landscape architect in Michigan and Texas. He earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.