About This Project
Combining a love for the Texas Hill Country and skill for implementing beautiful architecture that responds to nature’s assets, The Arkitex Studio, a Texas architecture firm, was hired to design a house that would easily nestle into the Brazos Valley landscape.
Two qualities that made this Texas Hill Country style house a success were an exacting client and a beautiful site. Set on a hilltop in near Gay Hill in Washington County, the site boasted a number of beautiful live oaks. Entry to the house is gained through a small den adjoining the kitchen, which gave this meticulously well-appointed house an informal character. A shed dormer allows northerly light into the great room. The long, deep porch below — a year-round outdoor gathering place — provides views that extend to Texas A&M’s Kyle Field and Lake Somerville.
The massing of the house was a natural reflection of the owner’s functional requirements. Timeless materials include limestone walls and accents, exposed cedar beams and columns, and standing-seam metal roofs. The award-winning kitchen, especially, was a microcosm of the close collaboration between the Bryan-College Station architects, owner and interior designer.