When Greg and I were first married we were in search of a home with a view. We found just that and absolutley fell in love with the view…not necessarily the home. Our home in Austin overlooks the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which is home to the protected and maintained habitat for two federally endangered birds; the Golden-cheeked warbler and the Black-capped vireo. We can see fog coming off Lake Austin many mornings and the downtown Austin skyline is off in the distance. The view is so serene, with a calm feeling, especially with the wind that whirls through our backyard oasis. When we purchased, the backyard was majority grass, which was fine as we knew the outdoor living space we wanted to create.
We LOVE and have such a special place in our hearts for Las Ventanas (see my blog post about that HERE) which was our inspiration for this project. As you walk in our front door your eye moves outdoors to the infinity pool which looks like a sheet of glass with the Tiffany blue water that spills over the hot tub and pool. I lined the entire hot tub with gorgeous tiles that glisten in the sunlight. STUNNING!! My career as a chef requires recipe development, testing and essentially filming for media. We added an outdoor kitchen with a Lynx grill, power burner, refrigerator, dishwasher and vast countertops. Our interior designer, Pam Flowers, created the most serene outdoor living space. I reflect on the many, many gatherings we have enjoyed at our own private oasis which begs for entertaining…and that we have done!
Dennis Bohls, Austin Outline
Brian Ziska, N-Vizion
Landscape Architects and Designers
The Plant Affair; Sheri Clauss and Liz Wilhelm