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stein residence

december 2017
architecture/remodel: Stuart Sampley
interior design: Robert Bentley Design
pool installation: Blue Hole Pools
tile: Kismet tile
artificial turf: Magnolia Turf Co.
fire feature: Lumacast
press prior to landscape: Austin Home Magazine

On the heels on a beautiful Stuart Sampley remodel, we were brought in for a full property design and installation, including the 29’ x 15’ pool and raised 6’ x 8’ hot tub.  The existing trees on the property drove the design by constraining the buildable areas and dictating the vegetated beds. 

 

In the back yard, a triangular ipe deck off the master serves the hot tub.  Stepping stones emerge from the pool along the beautifully tiled water feature, allowing passage from one ipe deck to another, ultimately terminating at a Texas basalt gravel patio with a gas fire feature.  The pool is surrounded by a grid of charcoal lueder pavers that match the pool coping and the patio under the covered porch.  Nestled between the covered porch and master deck, there is a small lounge area for sunbathing.  The grassy area in the back is artificial turf to stand up to heavy play and low light conditions.  The entire backyard interspersed with riverstone planting beds and flanked by clumping bamboo for privacy screening.  

 

The front yard utilizes a pair of level zoysia grass terraces.  Steel tree wells allow us to the raise the grade without jeopardizing the health of the existing live oak trees.  We softened the entry sequence by removing existing hardscape and installing plants, gravel, and poured-in-place concrete pavers.  New and reworked beds and planters add color and texture that are better suited for the shade and require minimal water.