The task of this project was to translate historic Texas style to an open and inviting getaway in the Texas Hill Country for an energetic family. The house is new, but it is reminiscent of another era that says, “Texas style.” It is a family retreat for slowing down, relaxing, having fun, and looks as though it belongs to the countryside in which it is placed.
The residential architect used local materials, salvaged long leaf pine timbers, mortise-and-tenon trusses, antique pine decking for cabinet work, and familiar forms of the region: Texas limestone, steeply pitched metal roofing, deep porches, wide overhangs, varied rooflines and window configurations, dormers, a central core with a series of wings to define major spaces, and a courtyard terrace positioned to capture prevailing breezes. By breaking it into a series of wings, this Texas-crafted timber frame ranch has the appearance of a home that has evolved over the years. A limestone wall with arched fireplace and a massive mesquite mantel in the living room provide the focal point. A floor of bluestone in a range of colors provide a contrast to the limestone finishes. A large island and handcrafted cabinets in the kitchen lend a rustic feeling to this spacious weekend farmhouse for an active family.