This urban garden, in the heart of one of Dallas’ most bustling neighborhoods, provides outdoor dining and entertaining. A concrete porch creates a landing and place to sit above the garden. Concrete steps are detailed to create shadow giving the garden dimension. Architectural concrete paving slabs create a rhythm and scale within this intimate space and contrast with the crushed stone joints in tone and texture. A custom water feature is centered opposite a fire feature with Japanese maples and perennials punctuating site lines and surrounding the dining area to create tension with these hardscape elements. The Maples and perennials along with evergreen rushes and sedges provide a botanical edge between garden and garage access. Crushed stone serves as ground cover seamlessly integrating the garden as one space.
This project was a true collaboration with the owners, architects and interior designers. The main house was left in its original location overlooking a large lake yet protected from full view by a native Pecan grove. An existing brick sculpture base sits nearby and was renovated to accommodate wood burning fires allowing for alternative views and experiences of the lake. Three new buildings were constructed with glass valves that connect each building. These valves are perched above the landscape and allow intimate views and access of the gardens below as well as to the landscape beyond. A herb and rose garden adds a delicate touch to the main house with pops of seasonal color and culinary uses. Basalt slab steps, reminiscent of the flooring on the interior, descend from the valve entry into a courtyard created by the arrangement of buildings and a retaining wall that holds back the landscape. Crushed stone, large basalt slabs and native limestone create a garden with architectural connections. Native planting in and around the crushed stone and slabs provides tension between these architectural elements and the native texas horticulture.
The limestone retaining wall near the home office serves as a sculpture in the landscape while holding back the parking court from the building edge. Its rough texture creates a tension with the building and its position creates a hierarchy of space. Rich greens, light pinks and blue hues take center stage creating contrast with the native limestones and architectural forms.
Dallas, TX 2016-2017
Architect: Russell Buchanan, Buchanan Architecture Photography: Charles Davis Smith
Dallas, TX On-going
This minimal home is located in a unique escarpment area of Oak Cliff. An urban meadow embraces the modern dwelling providing lightness and movement. This landscape provides textural interest and evokes a sense of the texas landscape. It is a haven for pollinators and birds.
Dallas, TX 2015
This small urban lot is Intimate in scale. Due to building placement two main spaces were created that provided the opportunity for different experiences. The larger space is located along a visible corner so privacy was paramount. This space maintains a visual connection to the large open living room and is used as an outdoor lounge area for entertaining.
The small garden near the kitchen provides a bit of sanctuary to this urban lot. Crushed stone is used as an architectural ground cover accommodating walking, planting, a water feature and seating, creating one reflective space. A sculptural tree allows for dappled light within this space.
Dallas, TX 2015
This garden renovation pays tribute to the mid-century design and retains the front auto court recreating it as a crushed stone court.
The main private garden surrounds the pool and outdoor pavilion just off of the main living spaces. The pool and water feature were designed for views and sounds from the kitchen and master bedroom. The limestone retaining wall serves as a sculpture in the landscape. Its position and rough texture creates a tension with the building and its materials. Rich greens and blue hues take center stage creating contrast with the native limestone and architectural concrete forms.
Dallas, TX 2016
This garden renovation maintains a relationship in scale and space that relate to the interior of this newly renovated home.
The front entry maintains simple lines with a perennial cutting garden bordering the neighboring property to create a 'court' feel when entering the home. The main private garden consists of three spaces. The outdoor dining patio is an extension of the living room/kitchen inside the house. A turf area and fire lounge flank the dining patio providing a variety of uses. A custom fire wood box holds a variety of wood types while screening tools used for the kitchen garden throughout the spring and summer months.
Dallas, TX 2017
The rear yard renovation includes a bocce court nestled amoung mature trees and capturing space for entertaining that was previously underutilized. A large turf area was re-established for dogs and play with a private garden area for the children to create farm to table foods.
Dallas, TX 2014
Dallas, TX 2013
This garden renovation was a collaboration with the owner who is also an architect. The owners designed and renovated the interior and the garden is designed to reflect their modern sensibilities while creating their unique sense of style.
The front landscape boasts native plantings with varying textures that compliment and contrast the stone house. The crushed stone area beyond the palo verde trees is a seating area for engagement with neighbors.
The private garden is entered through a set of antique gates selected by the architect. The garden opens up to a dining deck and fire lounge beyond. The fire lounge and carport are designed to relate as one space when larger groups are entertained.