Challenged by a topography of patios, terraces and retaining walls, landscape architect Alan King created a series of outdoor rooms, including the swimming pool terrace and dining area with its dramatic limestone arbor and fireplace.
Taking a walk from the dock house to the main house means appreciating Alan's work on the terraced landscape, but also getting a chance to understand the sheer scope of the house and what it took to make HGTV Dream Home 2005 happen.
\"I'm very proud to be a part of this Dream Home,\" says builder Bill Mahaffey. \"It was a big challenge it's a very large home, and we had to work pretty much 24 hours because we didn't want to risk quality in the construction.\"
While Bill was dealing with exacting details of the construction, Alan was below the main house creating the grassy terrace that came to be called the \"Texas Riviera.\" The grass itself surpasses Dream Home standards. The specially formulated grass, perfected at the University of Texas, is as plush as carpet and needs little maintenance.