Residential Design

VOL4 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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If there's one thing Texas is known for, it's wide open spaces, as the Dixie Chicks' song goes. But for residents of Austin, which has seen exponential growth over the past few decades, those unsullied spaces are farther afield these days. The sleepy town of Leakey, where this family compound is situated, takes about three hours to reach from Austin and a tad over two from San Antonio. Once you arrive, however, you're worlds away from the hustle of urban life, nes- tled into the undulations of Texas Hill Country. The star attraction here is the cool, spring-fed Frio River, banked in cypress and cedar trees. There's a wide part of the river that's especially con- ducive to swimming, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports. Just before the housing crash of 2008, Austin-based custom builder David Dalgleish bought a large parcel of land for his own family compound and, with an investor, acquired anoth- er adjacent 200-acre parcel with the intention of developing a second-home community. Although the downturn slowed the buildout, Frio Cañon is mov- ing along at a good clip now, with many parcels along the riverfront (where this lot is), and ones adjoining the meadow and Bybee Creek now sold and under construction. Frio Cañon was conceived as a "legacy community," says David. He envisioned a destination for multiple generations of family, where children range free, and neighbors interact as Opposite and this page: The design team worked diligently to devise spaces that segue seamlessly from outdoors to indoors. Thresholds are fully weatherstripped, allowing interiors to open to breezes and birdsong when nature permits, or to hunker down for inclement days. 45 VOL. 4, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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