Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas Landscape

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This 600-square-foot retreat, designed for an Austin couple, is located deep within a 30,000-acre ranch in West Texas. The couple had seen Alchemy Architects’ other projects and were attracted to the simplicity of the firm's modular approach. Alchemy's weeHouse prototype consists of a basic rectangular unit that is assembled and customized off-site, shipped to a pre-prepared foundation, and installed into place. The house is tucked into a hillside and uses extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patio areas to immerse its residents into the landscape.

Modern home with House, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, Outdoor, Desert, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. The house has two modules: a living space on the left and a utilities, laundry, and outdoor kitchen on the right. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

The house has two modules: a living space on the left and a utilities, laundry, and outdoor kitchen on the right.

Modern home with Desert, Shrubs, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Exterior, House, Metal Roof Material, and Metal Siding Material. The concrete plinth supports the planters and deck while concealing a foundation of concrete pylons. Both modules were transported to the site from a factory in Utah and installed with a crane. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

The concrete plinth supports the planters and deck while concealing a foundation of concrete pylons. Both modules were transported to the site from a factory in Utah and installed with a crane.

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Desert, Shrubs, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. The house rests just below the crest of a gently sloping hilltop and commands powerful views. Its transparency and small size aim to minimize its impact on the land. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

The house rests just below the crest of a gently sloping hilltop and commands powerful views. Its transparency and small size aim to minimize its impact on the land.

Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. While its exterior may look like weathering steel, the walls are actually fiber cement coated with oxidizing steel paint. This resource-saving measure means the protective rust is real but will not compromise the exterior. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

While its exterior may look like weathering steel, the walls are actually fiber cement coated with oxidizing steel paint. This resource-saving measure means the protective rust is real but will not compromise the exterior.

Modern home with Outdoor, Desert, Shrubs, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Side Yard. Large canopies shade the retreat’s southern elevations, rendering the interior and ipe wood patio comfortable in the Texas heat. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

Large canopies shade the retreat’s southern elevations, rendering the interior and ipe wood patio comfortable in the Texas heat.

Modern home with Storage Room, Shelves Storage Type, and Cabinet Storage Type. The kitchen cabinets are custom-made from salvaged cypress. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas LandscapeView Photos

The kitchen cabinets are custom-made from salvaged cypress.

The bedframe, also custom and seen here without a mattress, rests in the center of the living space and offers almost panoramic views. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas Landscape modern homeView Photos

The bedframe, also custom and seen here without a mattress, rests in the center of the living space and offers almost panoramic views.

The interior walls and floors are carbonized bamboo; this material consists of regular bamboo flooring treated with steam to create a darker and richer color. Photo  of Petite Prefab with Stunning Views of the Texas Landscape modern homeView Photos

The interior walls and floors are carbonized bamboo; this material consists of regular bamboo flooring treated with steam to create a darker and richer color.

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