When we set out to design this new house in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, we understood that our most basic task would be to create a home that featured comfortable exterior spaces used year around, even during the intense summer heat. Our solution was an H-shaped plan with a bedroom wing, a voluminous center Great Room space, and a public wing engaging two outdoor terraces. The north terrace is shaded by the center mass during the hottest hours of the summer days. Large porch overhangs allow the terrace to be used during rainy weather as well.
The southern entrance terrace embraces a stand of oak trees and provides for additional entertainment space adjacent to the Great Room. The materials are common in Hill Country vernacular design, and include zinc roofing, Douglas fir posts and beams, stone wainscot and stucco.