Jillian & Chad, Brentwood Street

This front yard native cottage garden serves a higher purpose as well as updates a landscape originally done in the 1950s. And did I mention, it fixed some serious foundation-destroying drainage issues, too?

As part of the Raincatcher Austin program, the homeowners qualified for rebates and helped improve local creek water quality by holding more rainwater runoff where it could be used. As a functional and aesthetic project, the 1,500 gallon cistern and raingarden pools – there are three! – take water away from the structures where it was damaging the foundation, and also fixed a landscape that was badly in need of updating.