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Fixing a Leak in the Water Conservation Paradigm

As you drive through a typical neighborhood in Central Texas, it may not occur to you that you are passing acres of turf that are irrigated by potable water. Many of us have grown accustomed to the manicured patches of lawn that surround our homes, but few of us have given thought to why it’s there. Is it for appearance? Function? How much does it cost to maintain? How does it impact our natural resources?

Though sustainable commercial landscape design guidelines are widely used and have resulted in reduced water consumption for these types of developments, guidelines for residential developments have lagged behind. At RVi, we have joined in an effort with the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Home Builders Association, the design community, and multiple local municipalities to begin crafting landscape standards for residential developments. The goal of these standards is to provide a sorely needed set of guidelines for residential developments that meet the ecological, economic, and aesthetic needs of all stakeholders and can be applied to in many different counties and municipalities across Central Texas.


On the Boards: Rancho Sienna

RVi is thrilled to be part of the planning and design team for Rancho Sienna, Newland Communities’ newest residential development. Newland recently unveiled nine homebuilders that will offer homes in Rancho Sienna, including Centerra Homes, Wes Peoples Homes, MileStone Community Builders, Chesmar Homes, Partners In Building, Sitterle Homes, D.R. Horton, Emerald Homes, and Ryland Homes.

Rancho Sienna will be a 550-acre master planned community consisting of approximately 1,455 homes, along with an estimated 167 acres for recreational amenities, parks and open space. With the site located just outside of Leander in the fast-growing Northwest Austin area, Rancho Sienna is slated to become a premier master-planned community for Central Texans.


RVi Houston Open House

This month, RVi Houston hosted its first-ever Open House event. Friends and clients stopped by to see the newly expanded office and to visit with our growing Houston team. The event even included a raffle prize for one lucky winner of a large wine basket!

Established in 2006, RVi Houston has grown steadily under the leadership of Principal Chris Patterson. In addition to an amazing support staff, Chris is now joined by two experienced team members - licensed landscape architect and planner Peter Boecher, and licensed landscape architect Jamie Hendrixson.

Check out additional photos from the Open House here.