Residential Retreat in Austin
Tour this half-acre residential landscape in Austin, Texas, where Christy Ten Eyck created a spot for its residents and local wildlife to enjoy
Here, a circular asphalt driveway and lawn was removed to make way for terraced shade-tolerant native plantings.
A brick patio was replaced with this pea gravel gathering area. The 1/2-inch steel and surrounding plantings help define this spot. The renovated fireplace brings warmth to cool evenings; a quarry limestone block fountain cools the space in the summer.
Steel and pea gravel steps lead to the studio shaded by mountain laurels. One-eighth of an acre of lawn was removed, and the remaining lawn was accentuated by a narrow frame of pea gravel paths.
This recirculating cast-concrete fountain is a focal point of the back courtyard which had to be lowered due to drainage issues. Excavated limestone was used to create check dams and terraces in the front garden.
The lines of this 1950s house were carried into the garden with 1/2-inch-thick steel steps, planters, and cast-concrete stepping-stones. Salvaged limestone from the back courtyard was used to create terraces for native plants and slow rain water before it approaches the street.
Corten Steel in the Garden
Here is a view looking towards the front entry from the fireplace area through a woven steel mesh gate. The wall is covered with creeping fig.
A limestone boulder seating area next to the vegetable garden in the front yard is nestled into Texas persimmons and Muhlenbergia dumosa.
Here is a view from the bedroom to the front garden, which is full of native plants that provide privacy from the street.
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