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Luxury Landscaping

A luxury landscaping includes everything people typically associate with an upscale home. Both organic and inorganic elements work together to create a sense of refinement, and functionality is designed with maximum creature comforts in mind. Home entertainment and private events also play a major role in luxury landscaping, because most clients who invest the large sums of money required for this high-end service are looking to share the experience of their homes with honored guests and close family members that they invite to their estate for special events, removed from the busy crowds and jostle of the nightlife abroad.

Custom Swimming Pool Design

Virtually every luxury landscape has a custom swimming pool that has been specifically designed to support multiple aesthetic elements and scaled proportionally to its surroundings. The shape and size of the pool should complement the geometry and symmetry of custom home architecture, and it should also aesthetically blend with surrounding outdoor structures and work in harmony with any organic elements that surround it.


Custom Fountain Design

Water fountains are iconic symbols of luxury and wealth. They add dimension to the landscape and create a sense of décor, regardless of how large or small they are. Larger estates typically have multiple water fountains built throughout the property. There can be one a larger, central fountain that acts as the focal point for a main gathering or seated area. Smaller fountains can be built to add dimension and form to custom gardens. Still other, more private areas, may have a small water fountains built only for the enjoyment the homeowner or a few very close friends. Such smaller, custom fountains are often used as centerpieces for private sitting areas and morning gardens where homeowners can quietly read the paper in the morning, and enjoy the sunlight streaming through the trees in the late evening when the sun goes down.

Parterre Gardens

A large percentage of luxury landscapes tend to rely upon traditional European gardens for the organic symmetry and balance essential to creating a superior outdoor living experience. The parterre garden is one such form, and it works much better on a large property than it does on a smaller lot. In France, parterre gardens were originally intended for human traffic, being design around intersecting gravel pathways that allowed people to stroll through middle of the garden as they viewed it. This design is not always easy to replicate in the average Houston yard due to the size restrictions that smaller properties present to us. However, on larger properties in River Oaks and Tanglewood, for instance, there is often sufficient acreage for us to build a traditional parterre garden that provides both an aesthetic and a special area where guests can walk and congregate.

Rose Gardens

Parterre gardens are a specifically French form, however, and may not work with every type of home architecture. Custom home design today can be very eclectic, so not every property we call upon can be enhanced by a specific cultural form. Some large homes feature a blend of European styles and require luxury landscaping plans that support their overall aesthetic without relying too much on any specific European region or time period in history. These estates will always benefit from a simple, yet carefully planted and maintained rose garden. This is because roses, like fountains, have become symbolic of luxury and wealth in both canonical and popular culture. Virtually any style of home or landscape will greatly benefit from the contribution they make to the landscape.

Custom Hardscape Design

As essential as high-end aesthetics is to any luxury landscape, it is equally important that we always keep in mind that larger properties are developed for the express purpose of entertaining large groups special guests, family, and friends. Not only do landscape architects have to labor very hard to create impeccable forms and outdoor structures to please the sensibilities of these guests, but they must also make these forms and structures safe, easily accessible, and comfortable for the many people who will be attending functions that hosted at the estate. Custom paving and special hardscape design must be utilized to build such structures as motorcourt parking areas, pathways and walkways, and patio seating areas. These hardscapes require a skillful blend of special design and superior grade materials so as to compliment the surrounding terrain and the architecture of the house. The size of each structure must also be calculated on the anticipated number of guests attending specific types of events.

Outdoor Landscape Lighting

One may not immediately think of landscape lighting as being one of the key components to luxury landscaping, but when we consider that almost every event hosted on a large estate occurs at night, it becomes readily apparent just how crucial landscape lighting is. Professional outdoor lighting provides visibility in gathering and transit areas, and it magnifies aesthetic by adding special decorative effects to specific forms and elements of interests. Patio lighting, pathway lights, custom pool lights, special garden lighting, fountain lighting, and concealed tree lighting are just a few examples of landscape lighting techniques that make a property safe and comfortable to move through so people may enjoy its many finer nuances at any hour of the night.

Due to the highly individualized and personal nature of custom home architecture, it is impossible to apply any type of “formula” to luxury landscaping. Every property has to be treated as its own unique world and developed with the intention of creating an outdoor living experience that is uniquely expressive of the architecture of the house and the lifestyle of the owner. In-depth consultation with the client is absolutely necessary in order to gather all the facts required for such a design, and the materials used to build landscaping elements have to represent the highest grade and quality of manufacture in order to ensure the impeccable results that people expect from an investment of this magnitude.

For more the 20 years Exterior Worlds has specialized in servicing many of Houston’s fine neighborhoods.

Luxury Front Yard Landscape

The purpose of a luxury front yard landscape is to create an outdoor living space that mirrors the refined interior of the house. This transforms your entire property into a symbol of a higher quality of life which can be experienced by your guests both indoor and out. Since every resdidence is unique, luxury designs are highly customized to architectural style and the personal sensibilities of the residents. Ones style

Houston Landscaping with Hardscapes

Up to 80 percent of all landscapes consist of manmade surface areas and outdoor buildings. We often do not notice this because we automatically focus on organic elements such as gardens and trees. However, the manicured look of a professional landscape design depends more on artificial forms than on natural forms. Perhaps no type of landscaping bears out this point more than luxury Houston landscaping. Hardscapes in this type of design

Landscape Elements Create A Luxury Backyard

Exterior World’s seasoned staff of Houston landscape designers can create a luxury backyard behind your home by harmonizing hardscape, landscape architecture, and natural forms into a unified field of experience that will draw you out of your house into an adventure in outdoor living. A luxury backyard like this will make you feel like you do not have to spend money on a trip to get away. It will

How to Host Holiday parties in Your Outdoor Kitchen

Your outdoor kitchen is the perfect place to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. Your oven will be every bit as good as the one inside your home interior, so you can cook the traditional turkey with a view of lighted landscapes and fountains, illuminated trees, your custom swimming pool, and your beautiful patio and garden designs while you work on preparing the meal. While the turkey roasts in the oven, you

Luxury Outdoor Kitchens

Luxury means different things to different people, but this concept within a luxury landscape design can be communicated in many ways. For instance, a sense of luxury shows in the materials you choose and the way they complement your home. A luxury landscape design can also be revealed in simple details such as an antique ornamental iron gate. It is conveyed with your plant choices, the combination of form, texture

Luxury Gardens

By their very nature, luxury gardens lend a sense of order and system to a property. They are distinguished by a clear sense of formality and symmetry and work to create a zone of refined outdoor living space in a yard. Plants have to be continually tended to in order to maintain appropriate size and form. A landscape maintenance contract is necessary to keep these very special gardens in top

Estates Landscaping

By definition, the term “estates landscaping” refers to the creation of a master landscape plan that involves special materials and landscaping methods. Generally this form of landscape design is done on very large properties in neighborhoods like River Oaks, Tanglewood, and the Memorial Villages. Estates landscaping requires a very great deal of innovation because it often involves working on properties that are more than two acres in size. A great

Luxury Spas

Luxury spas can either be built as part of a custom swimming pool or as part of an outdoor room. The point of a spa is to give you a hot water experience to relax in outside. The basic simplicity of its function becomes a landscaping phenomenon when form is built to encapsulate the essence of the experience and to support the many feelings of good will it seems to

Luxury Pool

A luxury pool offers everyone who gathers around its lounge area a sustained impeccable moment of continuous comfort and joy. It combines pure relaxation, recreation, conversation, and contemplation all into one unified structure that blends hardscapes, water, and surroundings garden design into a special sense of Houston outdoor living. This is the kind of luxury that you need to feel rather than brag about, and something that you will want

Luxury Landscape Design

Luxury means different things to different people, but this concept within a luxury landscape design can be communicated in many ways. For instance, a sense of luxury shows in the materials you choose and the way they complement your home. A luxury landscape design can also be revealed in simple details such as an antique ornamental iron gate. It is conveyed with your plant choices, the combination of form, texture