[ Austin, Texas ]
Built for a couple with children already grown, this home’s design abandons the requirements of the typical suburban family house to create a residence suited to these empty-nesters’ contemporary lifestyle.
Conceived as a one-level dwelling to provide easy mobility for the couple over time, the home is elevated above the crest of the trees to capture views of the surrounding hills. It features both a main house and a separate guest apartment, which provides comfortable, private accommodations for visiting friends and family. The home’s design expresses an unimposing horizontality, which is reinforced by the single-plane roof that extends across the breezeway and pool, connecting the guest suite with the primary living area.
Perched on a steeply sloping hill, the project presented the challenge of building a one-level home on a steep, wooded site without disrupting the land. To minimize excavation, the main level was elevated, while the floor plan follows the curve of the hill, preserving the maximum number of trees and opening the house outward.