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The Perfect Outdoor Living Space

One of the great things about living in north Texas is the short winters. It gets pretty dang cold in January and February, but for the other 10 months, we do a lot of outdoor living. So how should you design the outside of your house to take advant...

February 27, 2018

The Leftovers, And How to Recycle Them

According to the USDA, food waste is the single largest contributor to landfills. Nationally, it’s estimated that about 133 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year. Homeowners can make a big impact by composting, recycling, or giving away foo...

June 30, 2017

Fall Gardening: Think Inside the Box

We here in Central Texas are fortunate for many reasons - award-winning BBQ, beautiful weather, the Texas Hill Country, did we mention BBQ? But one of our favorite benefits of Central Texas living is the unique opportunity for two ideal planting seas...

November 10, 2016

Finding Shangri La

Buildings and nature in harmony. By the time I was born in 1982, Orange, Texas, my hometown, had already been swallowed up by industry. Orange fronts the Sabine River, the broad, muddy border between Texas and Louisiana, at the precise point where th...

August 31, 2016

When it rains it stores

Austin sees on average 32 inches of rainfall each year. That means you could collect 28,800 gallons of water throughout the year! That not only saves you money on water bills, but it also helps to preserve this natural resource. Talk about a win-win....

June 3, 2016

Grow Your Own: What to Plant in March

You know what they say. If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait five minutes. That couldn’t be truer as we kick off March. With such unpredictable weather, it can be hard to know how your garden will fare. We’ve mapped out a few tips and tr...

March 2, 2016