This Texas hill country retreat is a bright and open family getaway designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in the Frio cañon community along the Frio River. The area was designed as a legacy community, with 100 acres of wildlife preserve, its a wonderful area to bring up your family. With other families nearby, the object is for kids to grow up together with cookouts and movies under the stars. Then the children grow up, have their own kids and take over the property. The home was built as a vacation home for a family of five, conceived to connect to the scenic outdoors that surrounds it. As for the construction of the home, the homeowners did not want one large house that would be too showy, so instead they opted to have three individual, smaller buildings. With a more cottage-like feel the design allows for space for guests and keeps the property feeling more quaint. The main building houses a living room, dining and kitchen area. A separate cottage houses three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a kitchenette. The third structure houses a garage with guest quarters above. In total, there is 4,650 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The main structure has free flowing spaces with open alcoves. Deep set porches help to protect from the hot Texas sun, while still keeping the interiors bright and airy. In the center of the gathering area, a skylight was incorporated to diffuse light into the space. Designing with rustic building materials adds a camp-like aesthetic to the home. The wood hewn beams are re-purposed from an old Vermont barn. Some of the flooring material comes from locally sourced quarried stone, while the bedroom flooring is comprised of reclaimed oak that is almost 100 years old, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Have a look at some other Texas Hill Country homes featured here on 1 Kindesign: Modern compound in Texas hill country: Trahan Ranch and Beautiful Hill Country Residence in Austin.
With farmhouse style interiors designed by Blair Burton Interiors, the palette is very peaceful, with a continuous rustic theme running throughout. To bring in colors from the surrounding natural environment, shades of gray-blues and gray-greens were incorporated into the design scheme. The interior was conceived to be not only breathtaking, but also very durable, needing to withstand the wear and tear of kids living on a river environment. All the upholstery has been custom designed and easy maintenance. One of a kind pieces are strewn throughout the home, with some pieces hand picked from trips to places such as The Original Round Top Antiques Fair.
Builder David Dalgleish helped conceive the stonework that surrounds the living room fireplace. Custom doors conceals a television.
‘Photos: Nick Johnson
Westlake Ranch House is a stunning mid-century home re-designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in Austin, Texas. Mark Ashby Design worked in collaboration with the architects to reconfigure the 1961 ranch house into a bright, open-plan residence.
The amazing fixture featured in the living room is a functional sculpture, with a futuristic look that also has mid-century modern flair. It is a Cross Cable Mobile in a powder coated aluminum nickel plated steel shade by David Weeks. The dimensions are: Standard Tier Length: 55” x 55”; Tiers can be customized up to 96”.
The extensive remodel included doubling the kitchen, integrating a state of the art sound system, and creating new exterior spaces. Mark also worked closely with the owner to curate the art collection.
The flooring in the dining space are end cut wood. The pendant lamp hanging from the ceiling is a Akari Noguchi light sculpture.
Mark’s approach is defined by a deep reverence for history and architectural context combined with a refined, contemporary aesthetic. He is a true collaborator, engaging his clients and his design team to ensure that each project is a thoughtful expression of the client’s own style and sensibilities.
Mark and his designers work on projects across the southwest and around the country. The firm’s work has been featured in the books Great Homes of Texas and Modern Cabins, as well as in a number of publications, including Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, and Western Interiors.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Ashby Design
Designed by renowned Shiflet Group Architects and brought to life by the unequivocal builder Gary Reissig, “The Castle in the Woods”, exudes splendor and prestige. Spotted on Sotheby’s Realty, this luxurious 16,722 square foot, 7 bedroom estate spans 5 premium lots in stately Barton Creek, just a few miles from downtown Austin, Texas. The home took five years to complete, costing $22.5 million to build and designed to reflect two centuries of Moorish design. The Castle captures that time period and delivers it in 21st century luxury with details including a top-of-the-line clay flat tile roof, Zeluck custom mahogany lancet style windows, hand glazed plaster walls, designer plush carpets, hand scraped exotic wood floors, mahogany and cherry custom cabinetry, artist crafted iron railings and extraordinary light fixtures.
The Castle includes a state of the art media room, game room and two huge, private executive offices to accommodate the work at home resident. Never find yourself without electricity with the commercial size generator. Four additional private retreats offering rich wood details, opulent finishes and en-suite baths round out the main house. The estate includes a well-equipped, detached coach house with a generously appointed, two bedroom residence complete with a washer, dryer and private garage. This is the perfect getaway and guest home in one.
This stunning property is listed for $10,900,000, from here.
A massive fireplace adorns the handsome library which was created to resemble a chapel and features an incorporated safe room for storage.
The masterfully designed kitchen includes every upgraded stainless steel appliance imaginable, a large island and a home management center. The well-appointed catering kitchen is off of the formal dining room along with the 1,500 bottle wine cellar and fully stocked bar which form a spectacular space for entertaining.
Set away from the entertainment space is the master suite comprised of the salon, luminous spa bath, two expansive dual closets, wet bar and reading nook. Find a secluded patio off of the master which boasts a private hot tub.
Located adjacent to the 6th green, the home has many elevated patios with views of the exclusive Barton Creek Country Club Golf Course. The Castle is surrounded by sumptuous outdoor living venues.
Spread over 5 different elevations the main patio features a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and a warm, intimate fireplace.
Discover the beautifully landscaped English gardens with spectacular views. The exquisite resort-style infinity edge pool is second to none complete with beach front entry and a large commercial spa. A private cabana with a shower, private bathroom and wet bar completes this outdoor oasis.
Attached is a 4,000 square foot, world class gym with complete cardio and bathroom. This completely air-conditioned escape includes additional garage space, ample storage and large space which serves as office, living room or lounge.
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