Architecture for Lovers

Texas bunkhouse

As featured in Dwell Magazine, this 1400 square foot Bastrop bunkhouse is used as a recreation home for a film writer and director.  Built into the natural environment, the house expands vertically to give the illusion of more space.

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The home was designed by Austin architect Henry Panton.

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Cedar and steel make up most of the structure of the home.

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Love this door design!

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Outdoor shower. *sigh*

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The director wanted his home to be a place to entertain family and friends, so as you can see it sleeps about a dozen people! The best part is that the bunks are on casters and can be wheeled out through the french doors onto the porch so guests can sleep out there if they prefer!

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This 90ft foot bridge leads to an outdoor bathhouse and swimming pool.

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All photos courtesy of Dwell Magazine.  You can see the article and all the photos here.

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Happy Friday!

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Best of San Antonio’s Parade of Homes

Last week, my coworkers & I went to go check out the Parade of Homes at the Dominion here in San Antonio.  With 12 different homes to tour, there was a lot of ground to cover.  Rather than boring you with every detail, I’ll get right to the good stuff.  Here are my personal faves:

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BEST BACKSPLASH

This is one of the coolest backsplashes. Period.

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BEST FABRICS

Loving the Kravet fabrics in this room.

You may recognize this fabric pattern from a previous post.  The chairs look absolutely fab in it!

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MOST COMFY SPACE

Slipcovered sectional.  Neutral palette.  Striped poufs.  Perfect place to curl up and read a book.

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MOST INNOVATIVE MATERIAL

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I’ve never seen this type of wall covering before – recycled paper bound together like grasscloth!  Really cool!

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BEST OUTDOOR SPACE

 This pool is to die for.  The steps across = pure genius.

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 And the U-shaped built-in bench with the orange and sky blue pillows takes the cake.

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 BEST CRAFT/ACTIVITY SPACE

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With so much storage and counter space, this room would be the perfect place to house all my little DIY projects.

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BEST LIVING SPACE

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This Adam Wilson home was my favorite overall.  Love the use of materials and the open concept….Everything from the architecture to those Barcelona Chairs (*sigh*).

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MOST CREATIVE HOME

Awesome architectural elements of this urban ranch.  Rustic meets modern, in a very interesting way!

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Also in the Urban Ranch were these big red doors in the Media Room that closed off for privacy, or opened up the living/dining area for entertaining.  LOVE!!

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BEST GREEN FEATURE

Yes, that is a giant rainwater collector.  My heart skipped a beat.  Such a great concept – especially here in San Antonio with all the water restrictions we have in the Summer.

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BEST BATH

Ironically with all of the beautiful baths I saw, my favorite was the outdoor one.  Lets face it – I’m a sucker for pebble mosaics, subway tile, and natural sunlight.

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BEST KITCHEN

I know this isn’t the best shot in the world, but I can promise you if you saw this Scavolini kitchen you would have fallen in love.

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BEST DINING

Simple, yet stunning.

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BEST LAUNDRY ROOM

Ah yes.  I MIGHT actually fold my clothes if I had this type of set up!  (Keyword is might, no promises there… )

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mid-century modern ranch home

This mid-century modern ranch was transformed into the perfect home for one Austin’s foremost music club owners with an extensive hot rod collection. The addition of a six-car garage and bedroom wing created the extra space and functionality needed for the home.  – Dick Clark Architecture

 Featured in this summer’s Atomic Ranch magazine, this amazing home is a eclectic mix of modern and retro.

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A bridge gallery was added to connect the new addition with the existing home.

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A combination of mid-century furniture with modern architectural design.

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I can’t imagine having a red kitchen but I really like it in this pic!

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Hello bath floor tile.  You inspire me.

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(All photos from Dick Clark Architecture’s website. )

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Happy Friday! xo

hill country modern

Welcome to this upscale home, located up the road from me in Wimberly, Texas.  Designed by Cunningham Architects out of Dallas,  this modern treasure is as beautiful as it is energy efficient.  Among the green building principles are use of local materials and harvesting rainwater on the rooftop.

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“Nestled on the edge of a bluff in the Texas hill country, the Wimberley residence quietly sits among the brush and trees, providing a peaceful respite for its inhabitants.” – Cunningham Architects

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“An “L” plan effectively separates the bedroom wing from the more public kitchen/living/dining room wing. As such, the house essentially is two discrete boxes, one of glass, and the other of stained cement fiber board, indicative of their respective functions.” – Cunningham Architects

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A few pictures of the interior!

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Don’t forget about the rooftop patio.  Ballin!

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I can already picture the rediculous pool parties that would happen here.

When can I move in???? 🙂

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(Picture sources:  Cunningham Architects website, and also on this link)