• Project Type Residential

  • Location Austin, TX

  • Status Complete

  • Collaborators Tim Cuppett Architects, Austin Groundskeeper

Belmont Parkway

Studio Balcones designed the landscape for this quiet and modern home designed by Tim Cuppett Architects.

The site drops down dramatically to Shoal Creek and is composed of three zones: a street level entrance courtyard with quiet brick paving, custom gabion benches, and a perennial garden; a circular custom concrete dipping pool, brick terrace, and herb garden to the west of the house; and a looser landscape as backdrop with stone retaining walls, sweeps of native plantings, and a large boulder landing at the creek’s edge. 

The house cleverly splits the grade with a series of stepped gardens and custom limestone steps that dip under the living room bridge, leading to the larger backyard. A water runnel runs alongside the steps, carrying collected rainwater through grates and pipes that is then funneled through a rock creek bed, down to Shoal Creek. As the site includes numerous existing Heritage Trees, the design protects and celebrates these majestic Live Oaks and Cedar Elms.