Cow Creek

Cow Creek

Cow Creek is a modest country home nestled among calm cows and a cantankerous creek. There’s nothing like living on the farm and being around animals. From US highway 87, you wouldn’t even know it was there. Even when you follow the winding pecan tree path dodging cow pies, you still don’t know it’s there. When you cross the creek and get your first glimpse, you know you’re at Cow Creek and you smile — It’s nice to live on the farm.


Adkins, Texas (Designed 2000; Built 2002)


Intimacy progression; utility, to public, to private, to intimate

Personalized new home!


2,100 SF; 3BR, 2-3/4BA, 500SF patios, 2-car carport, 1-story

Client’s Style:

country vernacular


The Sketch

Lifestyle Features:
  • great room to entertain expanded family and friends
  • crow’s nest loft to give the kids an indoor tree house and the lady of the house a game hide-a-way
  • full hearth stone fireplace to create a gathering place and focal point
  • computer nook to provide modern necessities, but keep it out-of-sight
  • covered patios for a place to enjoy outside under cover
Environment Solutions:
  • sited to catch breezes and bring in fresh air during mild months
  • deep overhangs at entry and back patio to shade glass areas from direct sunlight
  • covered breezeway between home and detached garage to create cool microclimate, protect patrons from the elements and improve indoor air quality
  • low e2 windows to reduce heat gain
  • low maintenance engineered wood floor, tile and berber carpet for easy maintenance
  • indigenous landscape to reduce maintenance and water usage
Community Influence:
  • generous over-sized brick similar to old farmhouse buildings to give the home a “period” quality
  • large sheltering metal roof to emulate the old-farm aesthetic
  • steel structure carport clad with corrugated metal to emulate agrarian out-buildings
  • durable materials because it’s man and animal living with nature

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