Our clients, a pair of furniture purveyors from Houston with a killer midcentury-modern furniture collection, came to us with an unusual request: a mash-up between a "cool one-bedroom industrial urban loft" and a "hill-country stone barn". With this inspired program, and a beautiful site near a bluff overlooking a creek and meadow, we designed a series of simple volumes connected with a long porch, with each volume housing a portion of the program — bedroom, living area, garage, guest.
The volumes take on simple barn-like shapes wrapped in native stone, with the exception of the living room centerpiece, which departs with a dramatic butterfly roof and a glass and steel curtain wall. The interiors are mostly industrial, with concrete floors and gallery-like sheetrock, and featuring beautiful vintage mahogany paneling that our clients rescued from a commercial remodel. The resulting mash-up feels native yet quirky, rooted yet modern — just like our clients.