Scott Wallace and Tara Coco turned to Lake|Flato Architects and its modular Porch House system for this family compound on the banks of the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas. The design integrates private spaces with public gathering spots, including a deck that serves as an outdoor living room.
Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built this house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.
Rural Texas commonly conjures visions of Stetsons, spurs, and longhorn steer, but the countryside contains more than just cowboys. On a wide stretch of farmland, the Farley Studio brings modern architecture and contemporary art to Fort Worth's farthest reaches. A continuous concrete slab runs from inside the house out to the open deck, which is exposed to the wind that sweeps the surrounding fields.
With the goals of improving storage and flow in their midcentury home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects to reunite their kitchen with an open-plan living space. Seen here is wide view of the renovated home situates it as it sits on Austin soil. Where the gentle swoop of the driveway meets the overhanging garage, the home's patio is just visible. A light in the new kitchen window further integrates the home with the neighborhood just beyond it.
Matt and Tina Ford have been building for years with their firm Esplanade Homes. Recently they decided to create a series of affordable townhomes aimed at buyers who couldn’t afford ground-up construction, yet still craved earth-friendly elements. Under the auspices of their new company, Shade House Development, the Fords bought, designed, and built on a lot in an historic neighborhood of Houston called the Heights. “It has an eclectic side to it,” explains Matt. “In other neighborhoods, all you see are McMansions. Here, people are restoring old bungalows.” Only five minutes from downtown, it’s an area where Matt’s brand of modernist design is welcome. “People would give you a hard time if you built a stucco Mediterranean here, but the old style and the very new work together,” he says.
In the living area, the family’s dogs Kirby and Forest commandeer beds that Matt custom designed for them, enjoying the view of the trees floating outside the floor-to-ceiling windows reflected in the recycled steel-frame mirror.
A modern, gabled home in Austin is designed to feel like a "leftover railroad house that had been repurposed." The exterior of the new, two-story home in East Austin, Texas was designed with a minimal palette, bronze windows, and steel details in order to blend into the existing cityscape.