Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc. in collaboration with HKS, Inc.
Schematic Design: Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, CEO HKS, Inc. and HKS, Inc.
The Fultons began with the guest house, which gave them a comfortable place to reside while the equestrian training center, horse barn, and larger ranch home were being designed and constructed.
A sustainable lifestyle with vegetable gardens, Texas heirloom rose garden, energy conservation (including 4 Rumford fireplaces), daylighting, and cross-ventilation is important to the family. All of the structures, including the larger ranch home, retain the straightforward, honest and authentic details of historic Texas ranches.
As CEO of a large architectural firm and Fellow in the AIA, the homeowners’ goals were clearly defined for this project. The owner’s architectural practice is commercial in nature and it was important that the home reflect his commitment to the quality of the built commercial environment. The home also needed to serve as an example of good design for the owners’ many clients, business contacts, and visitors. The owners required a home accommodating to their individual and shared lifestyles and suitable for entertaining large and small groups. It was also important that the home express the sustainable goals of HKS, Inc., a firm recognized as a leading proponent of green architectural design on a global scale. The client is a modernist; Steve Chambers is well versed in regionalism. The lot’s existing home was deemed unsalvageable, but a wealth of valuable specimen trees and interesting natural topography were present.