Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

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

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Touches of Grace Cypress wood siding for the porch and limestone for the chimney were import- ant splurges for the budget-conscious building. They lend a homey warmth and richness to the structure, convey- ing an inviting tone of domesticity. "We think the wood adds an almost Scandinavian feel. Overall, we wanted the house to look sharp, modern, and clean," says Miguel. The porch faces south, its slats screening the worst of the sun. "The porch is a big room," he explains. "It's ventilated on three sides, and that helps to move the hot air up and to refresh the space." On the north, the pitched volume continues, morphing into the central living space and then an outdoor deck. If it were pulled apart from the undulating shed-roofed volumes that flank it, the remaining portion would immediately evoke that iconic idea of house we all conjure in our mind's eye. Exaggerating the roof's pitch, though, elevates it—taking it from house to the suggestion of a house of worship. "We were actually working on an Indian temple at the same time—the Chinmaya Mission," Miguel recalls. "Both build- ings had a tight budget, and definitely there was a cross-pollination of ideas and some program similarities." The white-and-wood theme con- tinues on the inside of the house, where Miguel's only budget-driven choice was "sheet rock," enlivened by pecan flooring. Windows are strategically placed to break the expanses of white with glimpses of fields and woods. They are high enough off the ground to reinforce that hovering feeling, a kind of yogic flying above the landscape. "With windows, we have to think not only of doing something beautiful, but also practical," he says. "We have to put little windows where the sun is going to hit, and then we can put big windows where it won't." Those basics drive more than just fenestration decisions—they drive the floor plan, too. A yoga/meditation room is oriented so its floor-to-ceiling win- dows face north and east, on axis with a picturesque hill. It's a flex space that, along with the exercise room next door, could be used as bedrooms someday, increasing the current bedroom count from two to four. Above and above, right: The gabled screened porch glows like a temple. Three open sides and a 30-foot-tall ceiling usher out the Texas heat. "I have no idea what I want to do until I see the site. The site tells me what I need to do." —Miguel Rivera 62 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 DESIGN LAB HIGHER ORDER

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