Normita Casita

Normita Casita

She’s the youngest daughter in the family, small in stature, but big on style and needs a private refuge on the family ranch — with a view! She called with specific criteria. I have a modified stock plan and need my cottage refined and built before year end. After the first visit, we tossed the stock plan and designed a stylish and perky Normita Casita in two months — personalized for daddy’s little girl!


Blanco, Texas (Designed 2009; Built 2010)


3-tiers for living

Personalized new home!


1,645 SF; 1BR, 2 BA, loft 195 SF deck, 2-story

Client’s Style:

hill country cottage


The Sketch, The Details, The Docs, The Advisor, The Agent

Lifestyle Features:
  • large master with private dressing and shared bath
  • screened patio to enjoy outside free from pests and give the cat a protected refuge
  • large deck for outdoor living with long-range tree top and hill country view
  • storm room under the deck to weather uncharacteristic hill country storms
  • built-in bed alcove for mom’s private place
  • all base cabinets for easy accessibility
  • built-in beds in loft for guests to have their own space
  • tree-house bunk for overflow guests and kids
Environment Solutions:
  • oriented with side-entry to welcome visitors and capture seasonal breezes
  • deep overhangs and screend porch positioned to provide shade and reduce heat gain
  • low maintenance fiber cement siding for improved weatherability in a harsh climate
  • large vinyl sliding and casement windows to allow air flow with low e2 glass to reduce heat gain
  • reclaimed corrugated metal siding reused as ceiling material
  • raw pine planks used for finish floor to create a rustic look and feel
  • crushed gravel drive to match existing pathway and allow water infiltration
Community Influence:
  • designed the home and deck on piers to perch on rough and steep terrain
  • exposed rafters and a horizontal/vertical siding montage to symbolize the purposeful agrarian culture
  • raw pine stud detailing and trim to combine hill country and modern design influences
  • potpourri of linoleum tile squares in the bath to create pattern and portray heritage
  • corbels, trim, rail and molding details to emulate hybrid cottage detailing
  • ranch-style railings with thick newels and wire baluster to allow view through and a sense of protection from the drop-off

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