Jouer dehors

Jouer dehors

Story: I always invite clients to live in a home for awhile before they paint walls. The same applies to landscape. In 2008, this client hired me to design their dream home and now that they’ve lived in their home, it’s time to design the outside to compliment the inside. We applied the same French inspiration for the home to the outdoor living areas to create Jour dehors (play outside).

Location: Helotes, TX (Designed 2014; Built 2014)

Idea: winding road & stepping stone

Personalized landscape!

Stats: planters, terraced landscape, architectural features, flagstone plazas

Client’s Style: French Modern

Services: The Sketch, The Details, The Docs, The Advisor, The Agent

Lifestyle Features:

  • raised & multi-tier planters to display different plants and mimic terraced terrain
  • arched footbridge to traverse natural stream
  • hammock pad to create repose area
  • arbor tunnel for shaded path from garden to terrace

Environment Solutions:

  • absorb and direct water runoff to avoid impact to surrounding area
  • native plants and drip irrigation to reduce water consumption
  • drain pit to capture and channel water to prevent erosion
  • native plants and drip system for efficient irrigation
  • stream to channel runoff and prevent erosion

Community Influence

  • stone planter walls to match main home stone
  • stone block retaining walls to match landscape walls
  • French styling to match main home


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