Tic-Tac-Toe is a simple game with simple rules. You play and either win, lose or draw. The game is easy and the objective is to outsmart your opponent, but this project’s opponent is the earth and the goal is not to outsmart the earth, but to create a win-win project where the owner wins a home they love and the environment wins a home that conserves resources, hence the green version of an ancient game: Tic-Tac-Toe!


Garden Ridge, TX (Designed 2014; Built 2016)


X’s & O’s

Personalized new home!


2800 SF; 2+BR, 2-1/2BA, media/office, sunroom, workshop 1-story

Client’s Style:



The SketchThe DetailsThe Docs, The Agent

Lifestyle Features:
  • multifunctional media room with office space that converts to a spare bedroom
  • kitchen island to provide serving and entertainment space
  • open great room to integrate living
  • unique circular pool for outdoor living
  • separate workshop for carpentry work
  • tic-tac-toe circle & square detailing throughout
  • split plan to separate public spaces from private wing
  • unique “Mondrian” style ceiling to create a bas-relief art piece
  • floating bath cabinets to provide a spa-like bath experience
  • meditation alcove to provide spiritual reflection
Environment Solutions:
  • ICF wall creates super-insulated and efficient building envelope
  • pool proximity to home creates small cooling micro climate
  • strategically positioned garage and shop outbuildings to shield home from Western sun
  • full solar array to self-generate electricity
  • 40,000 gallon rainwater catchment tank to supply natural and clean potable water
Community Influence
  • create an homage to the owner deep within tree cover
  • adopt similar fabric to neighboring homes to give a modern home a Texas feel
One Response to Tic-Tac-Toe
  1. What this client said about WishingRock Studio:

    “Eric designed me a beautiful home and incorporated my ideas as well!”

    — Kathy (Tic Tac Toe)

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