Exterior, House Building Type, and Concrete Siding Material When renovating a house in McAllen, Texas, for his brother-in-law’s family, architect Luis López designed an overhang with concrete beams that protects the front entrance from the area’s frequent rain. A large front window was inserted to provide views through the house to the backyard.   Photo 1 of 10 in A Modern Renovation Connects to a Traditional Texas Town Through a Glass Wall