Design Consultation – Inspiration

Photo by: Lisa Romerein

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Every Extreme Exteriors project begins with a design consultation. And even though we’re a Texas based company, we encourage our clients to search far and wide when they are coming up with their design inspirations. Today we’re going coast-to-coast to show that design inspiration can come from all across the United States! We love it when our clients think big and challenge us creatively.

We start in California, which has been synonymous with outdoor living for decades. In fact, one of the homes featured in this article from Santa Barbara magazine still looks amazing after more than 100 years! Titled “Gardens of Eden,” we were impressed with the rock walls, fountains, and mature trees that graced one of the featured properties. We could easily see this translating well into an Extreme Exteriors landscape, especially one that had some mature trees already on the property. A second Santa Barbara property featured a pool with agave plants in beautiful pottery. Agave plants do well in Texas, and this would not be a difficult look to recreate.

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Second, we travel north to Minneapolis, Minnesota, known for its many public gardens. We were impressed with the Normandale Japanese Garden in nearby Bloomington. Take a look at the small bridge leading over the stream.

Photo from Normandale Community College

Photo from Normandale Community College

Wouldn’t it be fun to add this to your backyard, especially if it led to a little she-shed? If you didn’t like the Japanese style, you could find a different type of she-shed or small structure and the Extreme Exteriors team could build it! Of course, the nearby trees have to withstand the Minnesota snow and wind, so our designers would need to choose appropriate trees and shrubs.  Our experienced team understands that the same kinds of plants that do well in Aledo may not survive in Andrews, but we can answer any questions about plant hardiness during the design consultation visit.

Photo from Normandale Community College

Photo from Normandale Community College

Finally, we head east to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home to Flamingo Gardens. Flamingo Gardens showcases several varieties of gardens. Of course the tropical rainforest garden would not translate well in most of Texas, but several of their other gardens

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

including the butterfly and hummingbird garden, the xeriscape garden, and the wildflower garden, all have inspiration to offer. And remember, it’s not always just about the landscape plants — many times you may gain inspiration for the layout of the flower beds or the patio as you gather your design ideas. Our designers work with you to achieve the look you want to create. So look far and wide, gather those ideas, and meet with us to create your perfect look!

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

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