Sunrise, Sunset Part 1

Sunrise, Sunset Part 1

There are only a few “sure-things” in life. Death, taxes and the sunrise. One of those is worth repeating every single day. The rooster crows, the birds awake and the sunrise triggers the day’s beginning. With every sunrise there’s also a sunset and it’s those two events that guided this estate design.This is the first phase of a multi-phase project. Phase 1 is the guest home, garage and barn.


Llano, TX (Designed 2012; Built 2012)


capture the sun

Personalized new home!


1000 SF; 2BR, 1BA, with great room and convertible office space

Client’s Style:



The Sketch, The Details, The Docs

Lifestyle Features:
  • southwest pueblo style complete with stucco, vigas and parapets
  • built-in dining bench that doubles as serving bar
  • recessed cabinets conceal water heater & electric box
  • laundry niche that converts to office desk niche after main home construction
  • universal design for conversion to future physically-impaired access
  • external roof stair for roof access and coyote control
  • dark stain and saltillo tile to emulate southwest design influences
Environment Solutions:
  • 40,000-gallon potable rainwater harvesting system to provide resources and compensate for a low-production well
  • 3000 kw solar array facing due South for optimum solar capture to produce clean electricity
  • solar pump on water distribution system to move water with clean energy
  • staggered stud blown-in-blanket insulated wall to prevent thermal bridging
  • highly-reflective (white) membrane cool roof to reduce urban heat island effect and heat transfer
  • mulled casement and fixed windows to allow air flow and unobstructed view
  • large windows on North & East side to capture light and frame views
  • Limited small windows on West to reduce heat gain
  • osb wall finish in garage to provide durable low-cost finishes
  • tankless electric water heater for instant on demand hot water
Community Influence
  • emulate granite boulders in home massing and position
  • tapered wainscot to resemble large boulders emerging from the earth
  • retain natural foliage and preserve rock outcroppings
  • use earth-tone exterior colors to match natural granite and soil landscape
  • designed multiple-buildings (barn, garage, guest and main home) to reflect the agrarian history

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