When the client called, I heard the Mission Impossible theme in the background. They purchased an abandoned home on a choice property in Leakey and needed proof the home was worth saving. A clandestine architectural investigation revealed dilapidated skin and weak fenestration, but the layout, roof and walls were solid enough to convert this SOS call into a successful home rescue!


Leakey, TX (Designed 2012; Built 2013)


on a mission

Personalized remodel!


2BR, 2BA, office multi-level deck

Client’s Style:



The Sketch, The Details, The Docs, The Coach

Lifestyle Features:
  • split-bedroom plan keeps master private & guests convenient to entry & public space
  • office converts to guest room or 3rd bedroom
  • kitchen with dine-in breakfast area
  • living room converts to 2nd dining space
  • low maintenance finishes and materials
  • kitchen serving bar to provide buffet style dining
  • multi-tier flagstone deck for star gazing
  • open-air fire pit for late night gatherings
  • southwest detailing (stucco and vigas) to emulate the mission style
Environment Solutions:
  • maximum reuse of interior partitions to conserve resouces
  • entry, exit and deck pergola to shade doors/windows from direct sunlight
  • clerestory kitchen area to introduce natural light
  • retained heavy timber beams throughout to maintain rustic detailing
  • low-e windows to reduce heat gain
  • parapet style eaves to shade windows from direct sunlight (reduce heat gain)
  • multi-zone HVAC to provide custom thermal control
  • potable rainwater catchment system
  • stone planters to complement building massing and soften facade
Community Influence
  • low-lying profile nestled into natural context
  • positioned for expansive views without infringing on neighbors privacy
  • retained existing massing & design style to retain original design intent
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