Despite its contemporary appeal great care was taken during the construction of the house to ensure that it fit in with the landscape and its natural beauty. Elements such as natural stone and cement blocks only help in accentuating this connection between the modern and the traditional local architectural elements to offer the best of both worlds.
Designed by Juan Pablo Ribadeneira Mora the home’s distinct façade sets it apart from its neighbors as the double-story porch for the two top-level duplex apartments gives the structure an inviting green tinge. Making the most of the views on offer while planning for adequate privacy the performs a delicate balancing act.
On the outside a distinctive aluminum trellis provides shade to those on the terraces and also ushers in cool geometric contrast. With an amazing infinity-edge pool and outdoor lounge this is one Texas home where opulence and ergonomics come together with unrivaled panache.
It is the lower level that contains the new kitchen and dining space that are flooded with natural light thanks to the smart use of skylights and light tubes. The space under the staircase is also utilized to the hilt with a series of closed cabinets and a wine storage and display area that is both simple and elegant.
The unique design of the house organization of various rooms and the natural 3-meter slope of the lot on which it sits ensures that the entrance utility rooms ad garage are placed on a level that is inherently lower that the living quarters bedrooms and the beautiful terrace.
Features such as the stone walls in the kitchen and the bathroom and the striking ‘sabina beams’ have been carefully preserved while the newly added gorgeous window frames along with the concrete and white chalk-plastered stone walls aim to recreate the magic of the past. It is this fusion that gives the modest retreat its exceptional character and transports you back in time to a simpler period.
A home with a distinct façade always turns heads and attracts attention as it easily stands out from the pack of mundane urban homes that surround it. But there are several different ways in which you can go about shaping this unique façade with some preferring the glint of metal and others turning to the classic charm of brick.