Arbor provides outdoor room for living area of this Olmos Park home

This conservatively beautiful Olmos Park home had served the previous owners for many years, but the new Owners had a unique vision for an amazing update. Contemporary elements were utilized to provide interest and simple beauty to both the home and garden.

A narrow circular driveway in front was replaced by a guest parking area and a colored/textured concrete driveway which was created with hardy grass bands to soften and allow easy access to a garage at the rear of the property.

The decision to add an ornamental fence and gate in the front of the property inspired Blue Heron together with Salas and Company and the Owners to create a one of a kind hand wrought iron design that gave flow and softness to the existing strong lines of the two story residence.

Aged random Hill Country limestone was selected for the walls and columns. The entry columns are planted with loads of cascading colors. The address number was created in mini-stone tiles on the communications entrance pedestal (which also has cameras for security and a secure mailbox).

A stone patio addition with a covered detailed arbor created a fun spot to spill out from the existing living room. The colums were created with metal columns decorated with stucco, miniature stone tiles and sawcut stone bases and caps. Cast bronzed pineapples create finials for the columns provide a bit of whimsy and fun to the front of the residence.

Large floating slabs of Oklahoma Stone create the steps with soft lighting under them that allows for safe passage. The Oklahoma stone paving along with the stucco and colorful tiles create a visually stimulating moment when guests arrive or relocate to enjoy the views from the front arbor covered porch. An evergreen wisteria anchors the arbor and softens the front of the residence.

Unique combinations of well trimmed undulating mini-boxwood hedges, various varieties of agave and flowering trees and shrubs give a happy feeling to the front motor court and entrance to this unique and beautiful residence. Together with hardy perennials, spots of seasonal color and great tropical accents the landscape is a treasure of textures and wonderful .

Blue Heron selected a variety of simple containers and wall garden sphagnum baskets to further enhance the ability to create stimulating textures and colors for the landscape.

Another beautiful wrought iron gate is the lure from the front area to the beautiful swimming pool, spa outdoor entertainment kitchen and fireplace ~ all are tucked away ~ another surprise to each visitor who comes to this unique and beautiful home and garden.

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