Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
Designed by PLAN & HUMAN PLAN Architects office the contemporary home is spread across three different levels with the lowest floor housing the entrance a spacious hall and a home office along with a large parking space. The second is in line with the large garden and spa outside and seems to interact with the outdoors in a seamless fashion while it holds a family room playroom and additional bedrooms on the inside.
When we talk about contemporary homes the mind automatically conjures up images of sleek interiors clean straight lines cubic forms and a sense of textural monotony. But in Texas moves away from this beaten path as this relaxing and lavish family home tries to combine a healthy dose of rustic elegance with modern comfort and aesthetics.
The extensive use of operable timber shutters was much more than a style choice as these smart shutters allowed the homeowners to easily switch between complete privacy unabated ocean views and an intermediate stage that offers a bit of both along with filtered sunlight. They also protect the beach house from rough coastal weather and offer a protective covering for the large glass windows and the interior.
Sustainability was one of the key components of the design and over its life period this cozy Spanish house is projected to cut out carbon emissions by as much as 50% when compared to regular residences of similar size. On the inside beautiful wooden surfaces clay plastered walls and exposed brick surfaces bring in ample textural contrast as one clearly notices a modern-rustic style.