The front yard of this SOMOS design includes a staggered lueder stone pathway, steel planting beds, and modern gravel. In the back yard, the in-ground fountain bridges the space between cozy gas fire pit lounge and lush grass and planting area. The deck functions as the more formal gathering space, with a custom outdoor kitchen and screen. The hammock completes the area and makes it the ultimate space to relax, surrounded by just the right amount of plants to balance the space. The entire yard utilizes landscape lighting to be functional and beautiful for night use as well.
Native river's edge plantings surround the pool while native meadow plantings add a colorful hilltop to the horizon in the form of this green-roof in West Lake Hills, designed by architect Murray Legge.
SOMOS designed and installed a fountain/retaining wall with a custom stainless steel scupper, skimmers, underwater lights, stepping stones bridge, many steel planters, lueder stone steps to entryway, a custom luederstone mailbox with corner steel mail slot and locked over sized mail compartment
SOMOS designed and installed this yard, including stone corner bench bocce ball court, Mediterranean plantings, including raised steel veggie planters. The large steel fire ring and string lights make this a great night time yard. The meadow plantings in the front yard are low maintenance.
SOMOS created the gabion retaining walls to terrace the slope so that Black Box gallery can entertain guests with a game of bocce or just a quiet evening on the patio
hill country modern
Board form concrete interspersed with steel and limestone retaining walls give an original feeling to the landscape renovation. The plantings, although extremely drought tolerant, are lush looking for our hill country natives.
pergola and putting green
SOMOS created a detached screened porch, complete with misters, as a feature in this multi-faceted yard. The yard functions like an out door house, for a family who loves to be outside; it has many rooms, like a sandbox, a putting green, a swimming pool (not photographed yet!) a screened porch, herb gardens, and seating areas.
Mid century modern materials and plants were used to compliment the renovation by architect Jamie Chioco of Chioco Design.
Like outcropping in the natural escarpment, this kind of boulder work makes the architecture appear to be nestled in the natural environment. Native plantings ensconce the house further to compliment the work of architects Miro Rivera.
The modern farmhouse feel of this yard started with a blank slate; it was scraped bare by the builder and SOMOS created the entire yard with terracing. at the bottom of a problematic downhill slope, this gorgeous new home is now safe from water damage due to SOMOS's innovative use of open channels as landscaping features and terracing.
Almost all of the plantings are useful or edible; vegetable gardens, fruit trees, medicinal plants, herbs and shrubs provide the structured hedges and forms in the landscaping.
These plantings are so drought tolerant that they aren't irrigated. But tough doesn't mean drab; the succulents are so colorful that they read like a brilliant under-sea coral reef in this rooftop bar designed by architect Jamie Chioco of Chioco Design.
SOMOS designed this pool and surrounding yard so that its owners have a second house outside. The "mosquito eating" pond water feature, the fire pit, the large vegetable garden, the dining area, the playground, and "mud-room" of the yard are all like outdoor rooms, leveled and divided by features like gabions, raw juniper log fencing, or reed walls.