Tom likes to tell his clients, “Take back your front yard." He wants them to consider the livability and beauty outside their house as much as they do the inside. Both areas share equal parts in how you feel at home. Tom is able to extend a home’s usable space with beautiful, functional outdoor living areas, all while keeping the client's budget in mind. With his knowledge and appreciation of plant life and art, he’s able to “paint” the landscape.
Tom tailors each residential design to the needs of the client and the requirements of the location, whether it's for a villa in Venezuela or a large residential community in Colleyville, Texas. In the case of larger scale community developments, Tom's designs can include site walls, fences, gates, drives and parking areas, arrival areas, sidewalks, swimming pools, spas, gardens, lawns, water features, landscape lighting, plus irrigation and drainage systems.
"I love creating one-of-a-kind spaces that connect people to the world around them."
Clients appreciate that Tom creates landscape design "themes", or styles. A theme gives flavor and uniqueness to the design and provides a cohesive look and feel.
LANDSCAPE STYLE IDEAS
Avant Garde landscaping pushes traditional boundaries by being more experimental and unexpected.
Romantic incorporates the grace and charm of English cottage gardens with an apparent informality of planting, abundant borders and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants, often centered around a view.
Formal English gardens incorporate structures like pathways, gazebos, fencing, stone walls, archways, fountains and sculptures. Carefully clipped topiaries line walkways or dot the landscape while formal knot gardens create designs out of herbs. They often have trimmed hedges, well-maintained lawns and shrubs neatly framed by clean-edged planter areas. This manicured style, not surprisingly, requires a good bit of maintenance.
French gardens are known for beautiful, intricate knot gardens (formal plantings in a square frame) and long avenues of trees interspaced with large ponds and fountains, often centered around a residence.
Italian gardens incorporate fountains, statues, and terracotta planters while trees and flowers are prominent.
Californian, especially Southern Californian landscaping, include lush, colorful foliage, bright plants and palm trees. Sometimes environmental factors like potential draught or fire risks must be considered in the design. This can involve limiting non-functional lawns or using fire-wise, low-growing shrubs and trees.
Spanish is often interpreted with a central cross axis in the four cardinal directions with long ponds or water channels set in a walled courtyard. The quadrants can have fruit trees and fragrant plants.
Vaquero, the Spanish word for rancher or herder, is the design style found in Southwestern ranches. It usually has an open garden. Tuscan influences like stone walls, columns, wood gates and functional formed fountains are also prevalent.
Modern landscaping uses the “less is more” philosophy, incorporating open and textural spaces. The visual presentation is easy to understand and calming in its simplicity.
Artisan is based on the handmade look of old world craftsmanship. This influence affects design choices in such things as fountains, pools, structures, gates and walls.
Fantasy is a fantastic synthesis of nature and color, form, texture and light.
Tom's work can be seen from Dallas to Dubai, but recently his work has been concentrated in North Texas in Highland Park, University Park, North Dallas, Grapevine, Colleyville, Flower Mound and Westover Hills plus community developments "Tanglewood" in Colleyville and "Vaquero" in Westlake.
"Each personal garden must be true to its site while complimenting its architectural surroundings."
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