Landscape Planning at HGTV Smart Home 2015

Find out how a pecan tree and thoughtful landscape design enhance inviting outdoor living spaces.
HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

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In the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, Texas, where the HGTV Smart Home 2015 was built, many of the homes were constructed in the 1950s and 60s and their landscaping reflects the style that was popular during that time. There are vast expanses of grass lawns and clipped bushes that anchor the homes to the ground.

Landscaping Install

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Landscaping install of sprinkler system at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Landscaping install of sprinkler system at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Landscaping install of sprinkler system at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Install of landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Install of landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Install of landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Japanese Boxwood Shrub

A smart choice for the HGTV Smart Home 2015, the Japanese Boxwood shrubs are easy to maintain and drought resistant.

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Japanese Boxwood shrub

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Install of landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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Preen Weed Barrier

A Preen weed barrier is installed as a low-maintenance option to keep pesky weeds at bay.

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Install of Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen mulch at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Preen Mulch Install

Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen mulch at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs and Preen weed barrier at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Cherry Laurels

Install of Cherry Laurels and landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Cherry Laurels and landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Install of Cherry Laurels and landscaping at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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After install of landscaping and sand for future concrete layment at HGTV Smart Home 2015

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Casey Fowler, Director of Construction at HGTV Smart Home 2015 stands in front the finished Install of drought resistant, Japanese Boxwood shrubs, Preen weed barrier, and mulch.

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Japanese Boxwood shrub install at HGTV Smart Home 2015.

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To maintain these yards, spray sprinklers were installed to satisfy the thirsty plants and keep them green and thriving. But times have changed along with the way people use their yards and outdoor spaces.

Today, people want outdoor spaces that are as well designed as their homes.
Robert Leeper, ASLA, Robert Leeper Landscapes

Robert Leeper Landscapes was brought in to design and install the landscape around the house. “Outdoor spaces are now as important as the living room or kitchen,” Leeper says.

For the HGTV Smart Home 2015, he chose a simple, streamlined, contemporary design that is environmentally friendly requiring less water and maintenance from the homeowner.

While the house was virtually built around the large pecan tree out front, Leeper used that as a jumping off point. It provides the main focal point to the property. The tree offers a lot of shade from the relentless sun that can bake a central Texas landscape so Leeper took advantage of the shade by planting an “area rug,” he says, of low maintenance Zoysia grass. Now it’s a place to cool off and play ball with the kids.

Construction Diary

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HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

Austin’s Heritage Tree ordinance requires that old growth trees must remain in place for any new construction. To that end, the pecan tree and native live oaks on the property were saved and incorporated into the new landscape for the home.

A poured concrete courtyard shared by the other homes on the lot is shaded with large scale Mexican sycamore trees that will keep parked cars cool, and help deflect some of the sun glare that reflects off concrete surfaces.

Concrete pavers set into native limestone gravel leads visitors to the front door and because they are spaced several inches apart, rainwater can percolate down into the soil below to water the heritage pecan tree nearby. The gravel winds around to the side yard where a deck for entertaining seemingly floats in the center of the yard allowing it to be naturally cooled by breezes that also help to chase mosquitoes away.

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The deck, made of a composite and recyclable material, is partially covered with a galvanized metal pergola to shade it. There’s room on the 15x20 foot deck for a grill, a table and chairs for dining and a lounge area. It’s accessed through the sliding glass doors off the living room and provides a destination for indoor and outdoor living.

A galvanized metal trough typically used for feeding and watering livestock has been repurposed as an herb garden nearby. Filled with soil, the planter will provide herbs for cooking.

The limestone gravel continues to the back of the house in lieu of a lawn and acts as a walkway leading to the screened porch. A water feature is set between two existing mature fig trees that were long ago planted near the back of the property.

The water trough, lined up on axis from the screened porch, serves as a focal point. This galvanized metal trough lends a touch of whimsy and gives a nod to the history of cattle ranching in Texas. It not only serves as an eye-catching design feature but also attracts wild life such as birds to its bubbling fountain and provides ambient sound from the moving water.

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HGTV Smart Home 2015 Under Construction

HGTV Smart Home 2015 is a two-level, high-tech home, built with an open floor plan and modern farmhouse design in mind.  

Photo By: Rachel Kay

Finished Front Yard

With a contemporary Austin farmhouse style, this simple home is as stylish as it is efficient. “It’s intended to be a very contemporary landscape,” explains the house planner Jack Thomasson. “It feels very contemporary, clean and simple.”

Kitchen

Upon entering, visitors are led directly into the open living room and kitchen area.

Kitchen Under Construction

To make this charming kitchen completely functional, the design and build team opted for a triangle-style workspace.

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Finished Kitchen

While the kitchen island’s counter matches the white kitchen cabinets, the base of the island is painted in a soft gray that complements the room’s neutral color palette. 

Dining Room

The dining room is positioned between the kitchen and living area for easy entertaining and traffic flow.  

Dining Room Under Construction

Open to the kitchen, entryway and living room, the dining room sets the scene with streaming natural light and an open floor plan.

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Finished Dining Room

“We have really great designer lighting around the house. All of the decorative fixtures throughout the house use LED bulbs, including the candelabra bulbs above the dining table and all the lamps so we have a complete LED story here,” says Jack.

Living Room

The living room is positioned on the side of the house and feature three walls of windows. Wide, sliding low E-glass doors on the far wall lead to a floating deck on the side yard, thus flooding the room with natural light.

Living Room Under Construction

In the living area, there's the perfect spot for hanging a large, wall-mounted flat screen television.

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Finished Living Room

As beautiful as it is practical, this stylish living room can also double as a guest room in a house that is sure to have plenty of visitors.

Finished Living Room

A great mix of patterns and textures comes together to create one cohesive, stylish space. “The living room is very subtle,” explains interior designer Linda Woodrum. “It’s more about the textures and the subtle variations that wrap all around the room.”

Screened Porch

Behind the house is a private porch, perfect for outdoor entertaining and afternoon lounging.  

Screened Porch Under Construction

Large insulated low E-glass casement style windows look directly into the screened porch off the back of the house.

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Finished Screened Porch

“We like the sense that we’ve kept it quiet. The chairs are all very sculptural and beautiful and because all of the wood tones are the same it keeps it interesting but it isn’t too much. It’s very much about being tied in to what’s outside,” says Linda. 

Upstairs Loft

Upstairs a carpeted media loft with a large, 84-inch television lend a movie theatre experience. The room is spacious enough to accommodate a billiard table as well.

Upstairs Loft Under Construction

For a theatre experience, a 7.1 system is installed with speakers mounted in the center of the wall, to the left and to the right, an in-wall subwoofer, and ceiling-mounted side and rear speakers, which are controlled by a tablet.

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Finished Upstairs Loft

With plenty of seating and a vibrant color palette, the loft is the perfect place for a slumber party or family movie night. “This is kind of the great big blue room,” says Linda. “I think 20 people could be up here watching TV.”

Master Suite

The master bedroom is accessed via a transition area a few more steps up. “It has a cottage scale,” says lead architect Don Harris.

Master Suite Under Construction

The master bedroom features sloping ceilings that measure 5 feet on the sides and just over 10 feet at the peak.

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Finished Master Suite

The open entrance to the master bedroom from the hall keeps the room from feeling closed off, while providing easy access to the master closet. 

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Master Bathroom

The master bathroom has a water closet for the toilet, double sink vanity, fully tiled shower with multiple shower sprays and a separate tub with a window overlooking the backyard.

Master Bathroom Under Construction

“There are digital controls in the master shower, as well as a remote and a television that is visible from the shower,” says Jack.

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Finished Master Bathroom

With smart technology, a relaxing color scheme and exceptional storage options, this master bathroom is quite possibly the best room in the house.

A 6 foot cedar wood fence that runs around the perimeter of the property provides privacy and security. To soften the appearance, cherry laurel bushes are planted In front of the fence and will grow to about 8 feet tall at maturity. They offer small white flowers and a heady fragrance each spring.

In keeping with the smart features of the home, the plants are watered with a drip irrigation system. Instead of spraying water on the plants from pop up sprinkler heads, a drip system emits droplets of water at the roots of plants where it is most needed. The drip system will also water the front lawn.

Furthermore, a 200 gallon rain barrel or cistern collects rainwater from the roof so it can be used to water the herb garden and any additional plants on the property.

“There are three guidelines we use when designing a landscape,” says Leeper. “It has to fit the style of the home so the architecture and yard work together. It has to fit the lifestyle of the homeowner and it has to fit into what the land can do,” he says. “Here, everything has to be water wise and I wanted the owners to feel like they can take care of it."

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