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PaperCity Dallas September 2022

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incredible attention to detail. Ryan and I often say to ourselves, "What would we do or not overlook if this was for one of our own families?" Creative philosophy. DH: Outdoor spaces should enhance a home's architecture and overall setting, whether we're working on a sprawling estate or a property situated on a city lot. The garden should not only be beautiful, but it should reflect how the client lives as well. Whether it serves as simply a stunning view or is a playground full of energetic dogs and kids at play. Best thing about the local community. DH: People here really appreciate great design, and I also adore the varying architectural styles around our city. From French and Tudor to Greek Revival and mid-century, the possibilities are endless with landscape creativity. I feel lucky to be in an atmosphere with such talented industry peers — the group of builders, interior designers, and architects here is second to none. Favorite Dallas restaurants. DH: Oh, so hard to choose! I'd have to say Beverley's, José, Le Bilboquet, Hudson House. and I always love meeting friends for drinks at the bar at the Mansion! Inspiration. DH: Always travel. I love the way travel gives us perspective on so many areas of our lives. Not only do we experience different scenery, culture, and the work of local artisans, but the experience of taking a break from our everyday routines brings an unparalleled and unmatched rejuvenation to our outlook, mindset, and energy. Whether I'm in Europe or just driving through a small Hill Country town, I find that inspiration is everywhere — and it doesn't have to be fancy (although, sometimes it is). Can't leave home without. DH: I feel lost without my calendar, my scale, plans, and portfolio. Also — sunglasses! I never leave home without my pair of prescription Persols. Ryan always leaves the house in the morning with his Yeti and a stock of water for a day of endless site visits in the Texas heat. Must-have for every project. DH: An atmosphere of transporting. We spend a lot of time outside in Texas, and we want our clients to feel relaxed in their outdoor spaces, whether they're at home w i t h t h ei r f a m i l i e s or entertaining. Your outdoor space is the perfect place to create an environment reminiscent of somewhere you love. My wife and I designed our own rear garden with the design sensibilities of a Beverly Hills boutique hotel, from black-and- white awnings and pink pagoda-style umbrellas to the tiered pots, a clean- lined pool, and painted p i e rc e d - b r i c k w a l l . Ryan's backyard makes you feel like you're on an estate in Connecticut, thanks to its beautiful symmetry of stonework, c l i p p e d h e d g e s , stone fireplace, and expansive lawn. What's next. DH: I feel so grateful for the incredible projects we've completed, both for the various styles we've worked in as well as for our warm, welcoming clients. I'd love to showcase our designs in a fabulous way (maybe a book!) to better communicate to future clients that the possibilities are truly endless. From the Ground Up 214.515.0875 fromthegrounduplandscape Dan Houchard Ryan Burkhart 181

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