Roc+Solid Land Design


Services Provided
site planning, ecological restoration, waterwise and sustainable landscape design, permaculture design, wildlife habitat gardens, installation, tree relocation.

Areas Served
Hill Country of Texas

Business Description
landscape design & restoration
(recently known as Land Steward)
Location:
Austin, US 
Contact:
Elizabeth McGreevy 
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Address:
3713 Counselor Drive
Austin 78749 
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Roc+Solid Land Design is following Steve Zagorski, Architect, Yellow Door Design, Restructure Studio, Tim Cuppett Architects, CG&S Design-Build and 4 others
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denisered
I do not need electrical done or i meant to say hired my husband can do that part if needed.
May 27, 2014 at 7:47PM   
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Hello. I'm in Austin, Texas. I am a landscape designer that specializes in drought/flood management and sustainable designs.
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Texas is so electric and large that we have no one architectural style. Instead, we've got attitude.
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Dana Veach
Amen, Roc+Solid! A lone star and pair of long horns on the wall does not a Texan make!
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GIRSH DEVELOPMENT INC
Call your local National Home Builder's Association chapter , here is the link- http://hbaaustin.com/.

Ask them to recommend an architect. There should be a list of architects via the website or via the phone call, that service entry and mid level builders and their projects, belonging to the association. Those architects will tend to take on more basic work and may be less expensive than the bigger higher-end firms. Give it a try.

The design-build approach, as mentioned above, may also be the best route in this case. You will surely find a list of builders through the association also.

Good luck with your project!
June 10, 2013 at 2:13PM   
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Roc+Solid Land Design
I'm in Austin and can help with any landscape design.
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Such high ceilings would be daunting to me. I would add some large faux beams to straddle the space. Maybe every 24".
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Natalie
Hi---yes, that is one high ceiling... I'd probably paint it 2-3 shades darker than the walls (maybe gold/silver leaf it) or wallpaper. Your inspiration photo is fabulous! Good Luck!
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I would leave the garage all grey and paint the trim of the house white and the front door fire engine red. Right now, all I see is the garage. Then again, you focused on it when you took the photo, so maybe it's not this bad? There are tricks to guide the eye where you want it to go, so I would hire a landscape professional to create a design that guides the eye towards the house.
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Charles Ross Homes
I concur with others that colors will help draw attention away from the garage and to the home. If you go this route paint the home first and determine whether to leave the garage with the weathered siding to further set it apart from the home.

I'd also establish a walk way from the street to which the walk way from the garage would connect. This would help direct attention toward the front entry.

If the budget allows, I'd make a couple of changes to the garage to make it more "barn-like" including changing the garage door. I'd also change the siding to vertical siding unless barns in your area typically have horizontal clapboard siding in which case you could change the exposure on the horizontal siding to help differentiate it from the home.

Good luck.
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Your ideabook shows a classic red farmhouse. You might want to try the Sherwin Williams paint visualizer on a photo of your house.
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I would redo the steps. Widen them and add planters on either side to accommodate rails.
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Renewed Treasures by Tess
I like the color of your door but you need accents to make it pop and not be boring. get some black glaze on the rectangle sections of the main door. paint the door knocker black and also the glass door knob black. your footing and main frame of door (The one that is white ) needs to be black. I would also paint the lantern lights a pewter color with black glaze to bring it all together.
I would also pressue wash the steps and add the same blue from the door into the diamonds on your mat. you can even paint the word welcome in black on the main door.
I hope that helps :)
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
If you aren't able to widen the stairs to the door, I would suggest changing out the lanterns to bigger lanterns and using planters beneath each one with a taller greenery with some flowers planted at the base for a pop of color.
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Judicious tree and shrubbery removal - the leaning tower of Pisa is a good candidate, as is whatever is hiding the door - and a consult w your local nursery for proper plant selections, and path materials. You will want to take a groundplan and many more photos than you have provided here, so they can see where paths must go, and what kind of exposure they are dealing with.
May 5, 2014 at 10:46PM   
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Question, where is the front door??
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new entry patio
November 4, 2012 at 11:13PM   
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Get rid of the red brick. It totally clashes with the beautiful brick of your home. Also, the step down from the front door seems to be too high. You can then increase the size of the patio to make it more useable (everyone should have a least a bench at their front door). I would install a quality, painted or composite deck that steps down then turns to meet the driveway. That would eliminate the awkward drop down that is there now.
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Okay, my first thought was: weird!! But then I started thinking this could work. You asked for help on the house, but I like it. The front door should be painted something--the golden brown doesn't work. A bright aqua would be better. And take off the storm door. Remove the shrubs among the front porch all the way to the last one. Then add a rectangular bed that's wider than the last shrub and plant that with a low grassy grondcover. Then add a rectangular bed shape that juts out proportionally to enhance the architecture, yet work with the existing shrubs. Between this line and the house, infill with an evergreen, low ground cover. That would be cool.
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Olympic Lawn and Landscape Inc
Really not a fan of the front door color. Depending on your climate, you might not want to take off the storm door.
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This was an old post...
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Sustainable Dwellings
I would cover the foundation, but please, NO LATTICE!!! I know it is cheap, but horrible. Try to naturescape with some herbs and lavender... oakleaf hydrangeas and other attractive plantings... what are you doing with the dormers? split shakes would look nice...
April 11, 2014 at 5:51AM   
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I would extend fingers of the existing woodlands across the front yard from each side. They can overlap is need be. I would then seed the remaining openings with short grass prairie type plants (down here in Texas, that would be something like blue grams, buffalo, bluebonnets and indian blanket.) Wherever the septic caused the soil to be more wet, create rain gardens. If you want some lawn, this can be blended into the meadow area. Then maybe run a low accent fence along the front. Somewhere in there, add a sitting area.
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I don't like foundation plantings unless they serve a true purpose or if they're designed to break every now and then. I suggest a very simple design, such as a farm house would have. Check out the book FARM for inspiration. Straight, wide (at least 6') gravel walkways would be cool. Edge them with steel or stone. Add an offshoot walkway to the driveway. Then add a grove of trees to the right to balance the house wing on the left.
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By the way, I like the house colors the way they are, but would definitely paint the front door fire engine red. Right now the architecture overpowers the front door and I always believe the front door should pop.
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Thanks! I will check out the book, we still have not committed to anything! I thought about the red front door but I figured it was over done and too predictable! Might have to revisit another pop color!
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Olympic Lawn and Landscape Inc
A blue door might work well with your grays.
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Design really Matters
Pictures of the view form the other side and the lounging area
June 25, 2014 at 7:04PM     
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If space is a premium and you want a multi-functional space, I HIGHLY advise you get a landscape design professional. You can look at pictures for ideas, but these images rarely show the bird's eye view and won't address the restrictions of your site. Learning to combine and overlap multiple uses is a skill acquired after many years of training and job experience. Just saying... :)
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VizX Design Studios, LLC
I would hire a landscape designer to get you a design of the proper placement of plants and stone. A Rustic/Mediterranean design is a mix of all of these elements.
June 26, 2014 at 8:45AM        Thanked by Edgar Morales
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If there is no gate to access, I would plant the back 2/3 and leave the sod in the front 1/3.
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Susan Mladenovich
we live on a pie shaped lot with the narrow part at the front. We decided to treat it without grass.
December 15, 2012 at 10:06PM   
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A row of trees will add shade to your driveway. I live in Texas, so that's always a good thing for us. Gravel underneath would work if you use a contrasting color. The photo olgahoney posted of the corten steel boxes would also look great. Hard to suggest more without seeng context of entire house.
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acm_redfox
if this is outside your fence, it seems like it's mostly about providing shade and greenery for the neighborhood -- is that all bad?
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Do not do circles around trees. That is one of my pet peeves. What you have here is the start of a naturalized woodland, so maybe just go with it. Get rid of the grass and add mulch continuously. Add some woodland shrubs and ground covers. You could then add a path with a sitting area for a nice shady area to hang out when it's hot.
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A strong yellow, a bright lime green or fire engine red (my house is gray with a fire engine red door).
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Thank you all! I do love the idea of yellow, but I was having trouble at the paint store finding a good one. I also am not sure if yellow would flow with the inside of the house - does that matter? I like the idea of a historical feeling so that's why I was leaning towards wood stain. Thanks so much for the input!
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No need to match your floor -- think of it as another in a mix of tones, or you can paint the interior to match the trim there, to minimize it. I like how it looks with the unfinished space.

The light door is very striking against your dark paint, a bit unusal, maybe a bit modern. Mostly up to you whether you like that or would prefer a coordinating or contasting color. Could go anywhere from black to a light green, easily, and many shade of wood stain would be lovely. On the plus side, it's easy to paint later, so you could always live with it a while and then decide later!
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Take some photos, copy them on paper and use some colored pencils or markers to experiment with where and where not to color the trim.
August 26, 2014 at 10:20AM     
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I would go all gray because the pink makes the house look SO 1980s. Stick with the trim color you already have. Like the gray photo posted by decoenthusiate.
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The house is great, but it has zero landscape appeal. The first I would do is to convert the front alcove into a paved sitting area. Maybe even add a small, trough style water feature. Maybe even add some overhead beams for more impact and charm.
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@Susan , I agree with the tree being to the far left. I knew something about it seemed out of place. I think that would tie it in with the home and yard design.
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Elizabeth McGreevy established superlative rock wall landscaping with design and placement of limestone block, river rock and mulch, at a new homesite, to pr...
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