Laurey W. Glenn
From Beast to Beauty
When Greg and Linda Austin moved to Georgetown, Texas, they bought a 1916 bungalow in major need of repair. The property also included a run-down garage that had almost nothing going for it. The Austins restored the house with help from architect Bryant Boyd, interior designer Linda McCalla, and contractor John Kyser, while landscape architect David Bost, landscape designer Beebe Gray, and landscape contractor John Gibson designed the lawn and created a plan to turn the garage into a deluxe patio. It was a lofty goal. The structure was full of metal scraps and rusted-out cars, and the tin roof was caving in above the dirt floor. Once the debris was cleared, however, three near-perfect stacked-stone walls were discovered.
Kick Back and Relax
To feel more intimate, large, open spaces such as this one need to be divided into rooms. Large containers of lush plants are grouped at varying heights to give this outdoor retreat scale. Large furniture, such as the double chaise lounge, will appear diminutive if not surrounded by bold plants.
A Cool Design
Even in triple-digit temperatures, it stays comfortable here. Shade trees, ceiling fans, and wisteria vines, trained on monofilament connected to the trusses, help cool the space. "People think that because we’re in Texas, we must die out here in the summer," says Greg. "But with the concrete floor, the rock walls, and the wisteria, it actually stays very pleasant, even in the heat of the day."
"Outdoor Room You’ll Love" is from the May 2007 issue of Southern Living.