Garden On The BayouLandscape Architecture and Design
about the project
Garden On The Bayou
This John Staub home, completed in 1958, overlooks Buffalo Bayou and is a designated City of Houston Historic Landmark. The owners commissioned Miller-Dahlstrand Architects and Tellepsen Landscaping Services with the task of providing an extensive renovation of the property in 2008-2009. Taking the existing architecture into consideration, we were able to provide the client with personal reflective spaces and social gathering areas.
The entry garden offers an enclosed gravel courtyard surrounded with a intentional selection of plants that complement and enhance the architecture. A series of stepped terraces at the west side of the house provide access to the children’s play area and small vegetable garden, and leads out to the rear gardens.
Elements inspired by the original architecture were incorporated into the design of the large pool terrace, which looks out over the bayou. The original back loggia has been restored, stepping down to an expansive lawn area that gracefully descends to the bayou. The broad wooded areas that surround the lawn and pool terrace were planted a variety of native plants and wildflowers. These woodlands lend a sense of enclosure and intimacy to the gardens.