A couple of graceful baby boomers design a new home to complement the party-barn they used for a residence. Their old barn hid on 20 acres of the purest natural conservation area known to man. They live the “conservation” mantra and their home, dubbed Sankchuberrymush, is a spirited blend of friendly people and earth-friendly strategies.


Smithville, Texas (Designed 2007; Built TBD)


This home embodies blending old with new and new with the earth

Personalized new home!


2,305 SF; 3BR, 2BA, 483 SF patios, 2-car carport, 1-story

Client’s Style:

modern farmhouse


The Sketch, The Details, The Docs

Lifestyle Features:
  • great room with soaring ceilings to provide a natural gathering space
  • library to store an extensive book collection
  • home office conveniently located to monitor approaching visitors
  • sewing room to give her a place to call her own
  • expansive screen porch to enjoy the nightly chorus without being the appetizer
  • carport joins the old and new “barn” together creating a unified compound
Environment Solutions:
  • SIPs panels for super-insulated building envelope to improve comfort and conserve energy
  • two-stage HVAC unit designed to dehumidify first and cool when needed for controlled comfort and energy conservation
  • clerestories to provide abundant natural light
  • minimal site disturbance to preserve the natural wild life eco system where the home is built
  • oriented home for future solar panel retrofit and provided a battery storage room
  • low-maintenance, pre-finished metal roof and wall panels to simplify cleaning and reduce long-term maintenance
  • routed aerobic septic system to irrigate wildflower and wild grasses
  • recycled gray-water for irrigation to eliminate potable water use for irrigation
Community Influence:
  • matched red vertical metal siding and tan metal roof to seamlessly blend “old barn” and new
  • winding path to follow natural grade and conceal the developed section to preserve views to-from the site
  • retained maximum existing vegetation and established material delivery, handling and storage plan to respect natural refuge environment
One Response to Sankchuberrymush
  1. What this client said about WishingRock Studio:

    “Eric is very good about listening to customers needs and offer ideas that would help.”

    — Ronnie and Melinda (Sankchuberrymush)


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