South Austin Outdoor Living

A gardener’s paradise

Avid birdwatchers and gardeners, these clients wanted their outdoor space to shine. The original entryway and courtyard of this home wasn’t reflecting the homeowner's’ love of the outdoors, so we added new gates and fencing, plus an expansive screened in porch, to bring the outdoors closer than ever before.

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Though multifaceted, this project is defined by the screened in porch.

By enlarging and refinishing the entry courtyard and carport, and new chic fencing in the front, we boosted the style and security of this home’s exterior; but the palatial screened-in porch is what steals the show, by providing an expansive garden retreat in which to eat, relax and enjoy.


The Style

Bringing the outdoors in was at the heart of this project, and natural elements are highlighted throughout. From the warm wood that defines the space, to the screen walls that make the garden a part of the living space, nature is prioritized and highlighted. Modern touches and fixtures keep the space from feeling too rustic and add a bit of whimsical flair.

Screened Porches

On the back of the home, a new screened-in porch was added to extend living and dining outdoors for all four seasons. These new spaces are designed to maximize the views of the garden and birds in flight.

  • Three-panel folding ‘Nana’ window
  • Cypress ceilings
  • Stained concrete floor
  • Copper gutter cove lighting

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Front Entry

The new front entry is as stylish as it is secure, with new fencing and gates, as well as copper fixtures that add the finishing touches.

  • Ipe fence
  • Metal-clad rolling barn door
  • Basket weave steel gate


In the garden, exterior details further define the room and animate it after dark.

  • Drill stem pipes
  • LED twinkle lights
  • Copper rain chains
  • Steel planter boxes
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    Outdoor Living Tour


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    Austin Home


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    Regional NARI CotY

    Winner - Residential Exterior great than $100,000



The owners of this central city home originally parked on a concrete pad and entered their home through a gate and small entry courtyard. They wanted to enlarge the courtyard and add a carport for security, all while adding to the home’s curb appeal.

Expert craftsmanship is evident in the wood used throughout the project.

A dense wood, Ipe was chosen for its warmth and durability, and was used both as siding and decorative trim for the interior and exterior wall surfaces. The porch wall screens were built with aluminum frames and are removable for ease of cleaning. Custom designed screen doors with flower motifs complete the project.

Final Result


The end result of the design is a series of outdoor spaces

that facilitate connection and engagement with nature. The owners have already seeded the garden for a bounty of spring wildflowers and are planning to install a small orchard. Central city living at its best!

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