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Digit 1919, a multifamily development located on South Akard Street is open for lease. For this project, LandPatterns teamed with Buzzworks co-founder Zad Roumaya for the first time, after being introduced by longtime LandPatterns collaborator and ParmaDesign owner Kevin Parma.

Ground was broken in the Cedars District for Digit 1919 in September of 2016. The project was designed by ParmaDesign, built by KWA Construction and is managed by Portico Management Company.

LandPatterns was responsible for the development of the landscape expression. Architectural features included in the project were an urban planting expression, patios, and walkways. Other site features included irrigation and a proposed dog wash area.

During the project, communication between Roumaya, LandPatterns and subcontractors was critical in completing the project in August, a month ahead of schedule.

Buzzworks developments are known for their distinctive amenities and Digit 1919 does not disappoint. Amenities at the 102-unit complex include: keyless entry, climate control and a puppy cam all accessible through a phone application with internet included in their rent. Residents can explore the neighborhood and around the apartments with the help of a social media application and a mobile hotspot.

Digit 1919 is expected to be fully leased by May of 2018.

Information from Zad Roumaya’s Buzzworks newsletter was included in this article.

The Benefits of a Landscape Plan

A landscape plan is similar to a map during a vacation. It provides direction to reach the destination.

When planning for a construction project, the landscape plan is an important tool in the project glove box of the landscape architect as it provides direction throughout the project. There can unexpected stops along the way, but a concise plan with a clear direction provides a way to reach the destination.

Here are three attributes of a successful landscape plan:

  1. Build a Relationship: A vacation is planned after consultations with a travel agent. After a budget is set, bags are packed and an estimated time of arrival to the destination is determined and the trip begins. The same is true of landscape plan. A landscape architect can create a landscape plan that is built on the foundation of client discussions, project estimates and production costs after consulting with a client and learning of their needs.
  2. Knowledge of the Industry: A travel agent provides their client with information about affordable hotels, resorts, restaurants and entertainment around their destination. Landscape architects inform clients of which areas will be worked on, and the materials needed to complete the project. These details are provided via a project estimate which provides a look at the cost of the materials and hours needed to complete the project.
  3. Valued Experience: The preparation, execution and affordability of a vacation plan provides few roadblocks for the client thanks to the planning of a travel agent. Thanks to their agent’s attention to detail, the client can enjoy vacation and create new memories. The same can be said of a landscape plan prepared by a talented landscape architect. A well thought out, prepared and executed landscape plan creates an outdoor living environment where a client can make memories that will last a lifetime.

For direction on your landscape project, call LandPatterns today at 214-219-3993.

Worth Every Penny

Poor sod, broken concrete, and an unstable fence left Mitch McBee at the conclusion that he had to contact a landscaping professional. He was unsure who to turn to.

“I hadn’t done it before and I didn’t know what I should be bringing to the table,” Mitch McBee said.

He contacted LandPatterns in February and was consulted by LandPatterns president and founder Marc Funderburk.


“I gave Marc the general concepts I had in mind,” he said. “I wasn’t sure how much input I needed to provide.”

Funderburk created a design plan that remained within the project’s budget.

“We advised him that some of things he wanted were not ideal for the location,” Marc Funderburk said.


Keeping a home owner aware of what the project’s progress is vital in case any issues arise and changes need to be made.

“To not have to worry about any of the details and to take advantage of the team’s expertise and their relationships with other contractors made things go smoothly,” McBee said.

Project foreman Juan Gonzales impressed Funderburk with his ability to communicate with McBee in the field.

“Juan accounted for the crew and himself when explaining to the owner what we were doing and why we were doing it,” Funderburk said.


Excellence is a characteristic which Funderburk strives for at LandPatterns. He is not alone in this pursuit.

“As a team we strive for excellence,” he said. “A quality project is produced by a team effort.”

At first unaware of how the industry operated, McBee is impressed with the results of his first landscape project and considers LandPatterns for his future landscape projects.

“With how the yard looks now there were good decisions on plant selection and layout,” he said. “They took it down to the dirt and rebuilt a backyard.”

If you are looking to improve your residential landscape today, call LandPatterns  at 214-219-3993.

Sweet Serenity

Reader’s note: Land Patterns president and owner Marc Funderburk shares his experiences with Sweet Olive.

One of my all-time favorite plants is Sweet Olive (Osmanthus Fragrans).   It is, in my opinion, our most fragrant plant and blooms in the spring and the fall and usually more than once.  They were all over the LSU campus when I went to graduate school and there was a beautiful specimen just outside of our design lab.  No matter how stressed I may have been, if it was in bloom, I was in heaven.  It is an evergreen large shrub and/or small tree and does well in our area.  I’ve had one in my garden since the early 1990’s and have had little to no problems with the plant.  It is just now starting it’s fall bloom and when the wind is just right it transports me back to the LSU campus and my days as a graduate student.  If you’re looking for a plant that will draw you outside and make you happy, look no further than a Sweet Olive.

“Lasting Beauty: Perennial gardens can maintain Beauty with Preperation”

With the arrival of autumn there is still a lot of work to be done in the garden, especially when managing fall perennials and preparing for the spring. As you work with fall perennials, keep in mind that spring perennials are best planted in the fall so they will perform as well as they can in the spring.

Perennial management is truly a three-year process. During the first-year perennials begin to grow. In the second year, they continue to grow, with an emphasis on the development of their root system. The third year is when you will see results from your efforts in your garden with the proper preparation of your perennial bed.

Preparation of a Perennial Bed for the Spring

Amend the Soil: You will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability by adding amendments such as compost and fertilizer to your bed you will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability.

Determine the Plant Type: When you buy a plant, you have to pay attention to the instructions that come with it. The spacing and the size of the hole you dig when you place the plant are vital to its development and future growth. You must also consider the sun requirements for the plants you have purchased. You would not want to place a plant which favors full sun in shade or vice versa.

Soak It: As with any new plant, whether it be in a pot or in an existing bed, you must water it. With the initial watering, there is no such thing as overwatering. Plants need plenty of water to grow and develop their root system when first planted.

Add Mulch: You will want to add mulch to your bed and spread it around your perennials. This will relieve stress placed on them. The mulch will protect the plant’s roots, help with water conservation and provide a barrier for weeds.

Transplanting: Whether it be within your own landscape, a neighbor’s or a friend’s, transplanting allows for you to increase the fertility of your perennials and spread their wealth to those around you.

Splitting: Simply put, this is the dividing of a plant to allow its roots to regenerate and grow and remain healthy.

Preparing your perennial bed is an intensive, time-consuming process, but by starting that process now you will be ready for the beauty of spring!

If you have any questions about your spring perennial bed, contact us at 214-219-3993.

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