Ruralburbia

Ruralburbia
Story:

Have you ever wanted to get away from it all, but when you arrived, “away” had all the modern conveniences of home and then some? This house has everything the family wanted in their city-home, but nestled on a wildlife refuge. They have a spa tub, flat-screen TVs, smart-appliances and open-kitchen, but designated places for domestic animals and farm equipment. It more than a home. It’s more than a farm. Welcome to Ruralburbia.

Location:

Medina, TX (Designed 2011; Built 2012)

Idea:

linear regression

Personalized new home!

Stats:

2,600 SF; 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA, with expansive patio; carport, tractor storage, 1-story

Client’s Style:

ranch

Services:

The Sketch, The Details, The Docs

Lifestyle Features:
  • steel frame/foam construction for super-insulated building envelope
  • optimum orientation for passive cooling and view preservation
  • central dividing wall separates private and public spaces
  • carport includes pump room and workshop
  • master with full views to North, East and South
  • vaulted and beam ceilings to fortify the ranch style home
  • large kitchen island with built-in bar for serving and entertaining
Environment Solutions:
  • steel frame/foam construction for super-insulated building envelope
  • optimum orientation for passive cooling and view preservation
  • deep full-width covered porch for passive cooling and outdoor entertainment
  • detached garage to frame pet yard and maintain good indoor air quality
  • low-e windows and large overhangs to reduce solar heat gain
  • spray-foam attic on roof deck to create continuous thermal envelope
Community Influence
  • chopped stone, corrugated metal and cedar fabric to emulate historic ranch buildings
  • site home at the back corner of the property to preserve bird and wildlife refuge areas
  • 4′ high king-ranch wire fence to secure family pets, but allow deer access
Sketches:

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