The heat is definitely on in Austin & it’s not even Summer yet! Hot or not, you can find Austinites outdoors enjoying local amazing events or in their backyard or front porch. You can view some gorgeous outdoor spaces this weekend at the Austin Outdoor Living Tour. I caught up with the owner of Austin Outdoor Design, Jose and got to ask him 3 questions about outdoor design.
1. The design of the outdoor space at Grosvener Ct. is both sleek and thoughtfully planned; tell us more about the process and design for this lovely yard.
This backyard is focused on color and light. Cooking and playing are equally important here, with plenty of different sitting areas for people to gather. The concept is open but the spaces are very defined. Defined by change in material and color and purpose. Color-changing LEDs, recessed cans, and lights shining down from trees brighten every corner of this yard, and a fire pit in the recessed conversation area provides warmth and comfort. The playscape is both an area for children to enjoy, and a vibrant piece of art.
2. Let’s face it, Austinites loves the outdoors, what advise would you give us when planning for our very own outdoor oasis?
What do you enjoy? Cooking? lounging? working out? reading? Living? Entertaining? Your outdoor space has the potential of fusing the best characteristics of your favorite indoor rooms with the your favorite park, patio restaurant or hotel. Seek inspiration from nature, from art, from your mom and your best friend, but in the end make an oasis for you and your lifestyle. When we interview a client we don’t ask questions about what materials they like, rather we ask questions about lifestyle, experiences and fascinations. You want your space to an extension of how you ideally live life.
3. With water in such a high time low in the city, we all want drought-tolerant plants, low-maintenance gardens that is beautiful yet showcases sustainable designs as well; can you give us a few ideas on what plants to use?
My best advice when it comes to low water gardens is to look at the side the road. If it grows naturally in central Texas, then it will grow well in your garden. Many people have the misconception that a low water garden has to look like a desert. Definitely not the case. There are many natives that’s lush and colorful and beautiful. You might even consider a wildflower garden.
Thanks so, so much Jose! I wouldn’t have thought of that! Greenery/flowers that grows at the side of the road. See their gorgeous design & more at the Austin Outdoor Living Tour this weekend folks! I know you love the outdoors! Meet your local landscape architects and get inspired by nature! Get your tickets here.
Images by this amazing gal, Ryann Ford.
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