Austin Outdoor Living Tour - Fall 2020

See the spaces that make staying in fun!

Shelter Home Building 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour

Photo: Shelter Home Building

Tour the Places Where Summer Happens!

Meet the Landscape Designers!


Summertime is when fun happens, at these special homes the vacation never ends

The Austin Outdoor Living Tour is your chance to visit fantastic private outdoor spaces, meet the builders and designers that made it happen -and maybe even ask a question or two about your own dream backyard project!

How it Works

It’s as easy as:

1) Click here to get your tickets (You can preview the map and homes below!)

2) About 24 hours before Tour day begins, check your email for our printable map and any last minute instructions

3) Starting at 9AM on Tour day, visit the homes in any order you wish and at your own pace.  Meet the designers, chat with the homeowners, and find inspiration for your own summertime “staycation” resort!

Austin Outdoor Design 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour

Photo: Austin Outdoor Design

The 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour Spaces

Shelter Home Building

Shelter Home Building

Details & Gallery

Native Edge Landscapes

Native Edge Landscapes

Details & Gallery

Austin Outdoor Design

Austin Outdoor Design

Details & Gallery

Open Envelope Studio

Open Envelope Studio

Details & Gallery

Austin Outdoor Design

Austin Outdoor Design

Details & Gallery

Hillmont St

Presented by: Shelter Homes – Live Healthy
Pool: Westbrook Pools
Images Courtesy Shelter Homes

Amazing new infinity edge pool overlooking downtown, with spa, cold tub for post workout recovery, and incredible yard space.

Cliff Drive

Presented by: Native Edge Landscapes
Photography: Caleb Kerr

This four-unit “compound” built was originally in the 1930’s as carriage houses for the farm the surrounding property used to be a part of.

For our client, it was important to create a garden that included areas for gathering and entertaining in a style that harmonized with the existing architecture. He not only wanted to create a cohesive scheme for the entire complex but also to create a space for him and his residents to enjoy, as he also lived on the property.

The design took on a Mediterranean feel with xeric plantings like rosemary and olive, decomposed granite, and numerous terra cotta pots. A new outdoor kitchen with deck and storage solutions, as well as a water feature that tied in with the existing rock work, helped create that Tuscan-feel with added style and warmth. We finished it off with a compact zoysia lawn, so passersby can sit and relax under a lacebark elm.

Mesa Drive

Presented by: Austin Outdoor Design
Photography: Final Images Coming Soon

Our Mesa Drive project was inspired by the architecture of Luis Barragan and the bright personality of our client. An existing pool was updated with a combination water feature and fire pit that overlooks a beautiful vista of Northwest Hills greenbelt.

Adjacent to the pool is a cabana with ipe decking, standing seam metal roof and privacy curtains, creating a luxurious lounge space for enjoying those majestic views.

An ornate vintage Spanish style gate serves as the entrance to this space, accented by the newly refreshed stucco wall which was inspired by the colorful work of Luis Barragan.

As you travel towards the greenbelt, a cozy fire pit area with custom cast in place concrete benches and creative lighting welcome you to enjoy a night cap and the natural beauty of Austin.

Attention to detail and styling is one of the hallmarks of this project, brimming with life and personality. It’s a perfect space for a large outdoor gathering but has so many intimate conversation spaces that it always feels warm, welcoming, and just like home.

East 10th Street

Presented by: Open Envelope Studio
Photography: Angelica Norton, Open Envelope Studio

The site is an inversion of a traditional single-family lot with the home in the back and the yard in the front. The architect encapsulated the entire site in a tall fence, to create privacy.

A steel and concrete mailbox greets visitors and provides passers-by with a sample of the material palette that lies within the cedar-fenced property. One of three zones of clumping bamboo line the exterior fence, softening the expanse of cedar and providing a visual counterbalance to the mailbox.

Upon entry through the custom access gate, the space is subdivided with the Eastern quarter of the yard devoted to entry. Two elements flank the sidewalk insinuating a subtle corridor. To the left is a board-form concrete wall faced with gulf muhlys and to the right is a linear row of artemisia.

Beyond the artemisia delineation exists the “living” portion of the property. A small composite deck serves the living room and allows access to the lawn and concrete patio. A steel grate catwalk borders the western edge of the deck and invites users to round the corner and connect to the side-yard amenities. The catwalk delicately hovers over the flowering native plants and bridges the living room and kitchen decks.

The “L” shaped kitchen deck is gratuitously sized allowing flexibility in furniture arrangements. In an effort to produce as little waste as possible, the decking itself is arranged with small reveals that organize the boards in columns. The corner of the deck is nestled by a small rail that allows the homeowners to maximize the space without feeling concerns of slipping over the deck’s edge. Finally, the end of the deck terminates in a framed view of a custom water feature with a clumping bamboo backdrop.

Little John Lane

Presented by: Austin Outdoor Design
Photography: Final Images Coming Soon

This backyard hideaway is a mid-century dream! It includes all the best features for year-round outdoor living. A custom pool is attached to a garapa deck, perfect for a dip on those hot Austin summer days. Adjacent to the deck is a stone patio, framed in steel with colorful shade sails above to provide a little respite from the sun while still allowing in natural light. A 32″ grill is built into a Lueder’s limestone countertop with garapa cladding. Step down to a seating area with cantilevered steel and garapa benches topped with tailor-made cushions. Warm up in this lounge space with a beautiful orange Malm fireplace.

2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour Map


Most frequent questions and answers

It’s easy!   Just buy your tickets, then about 48 house before the Tour you’ll receive an email with links to your Tour map.  Then, on Tour day, start at any house and proceed in any order at your own pace to the homes that interest you the most – or to all of them!

This is a Tour of the OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS ONLY, and associated pool or guest areas as incorporated. 

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 containment efforts, we will not have open interors of any kind this year.  Thank you for your understanding!

Unfortunately due to repeated issues, we must request that no children under 10 attend the Tour.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  However, we do realize that some of our best guests are aspiring architects and designers and we therefore invite kids 10 and up to learn about the fun world of landscape design!  (As always, infants that will be carried are invited to attend free of charge)

Giving back to the communities and homeowners that so generously welcome us every year is one of the most important things we do.  That’s why we partner with a housing or education organization in every Tour city, and why we are working to establish a scholarship fund for aspiring architects and designers.


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