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Texas Bunkhouse

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A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas, about 30 miles outside Austin. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton, who adds that the 1,400-square-foot structure, which can comfortably accommodate well over a dozen people, is used often by the director, his wife and three children, and their extended family and friends. “They have a lot of sleepovers,” says the architect.

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A screen porch runs the entire length of building, built over a dry creek bed on embedded concrete piers. The architect…
A stone path leads from a gravel parking area to the entrance, fronted by a wide stair and small porch. “Since we had…
The opposite side of the bunkhouse, with the only enclosed bedroom, which leads to a small galley kitchen and two…
The structure was built onto a concrete-and-steel base. At left is the porch, pre-screening; at right is a cantilevered…
The bunkhouse and path beyond.
An aluminum-and-glass door, chosen for its ability to handle exposure to water, leads from the bathroom to the outdoor…
The nine-by-three-foot mahogany entrance door is meant to evoke the surrounding trees. The iron handrails lining the…
A view across the screen porch from the entrance to the kitchen, with the horizontal window, and the bedroom, reached…
Several sets of aluminum-and-glass French doors open from the bunkroom onto the screen porch. Panton and his team made…
A view back toward the entrance. The purlin ceiling beneath the porch’s gabled Galvalum roof is made up of two-by-four…
Panton placed several custom-made queen-size steel-and-wood bunk beds inside the bunkroom. All the beds are on wheels…
The HVAC unit inside the bunkroom is rarely used, but was installed for use during humid days and chilly nights.
The architectural relationship between the bunkroom and porch, and the bunkhouse and the surrounding forest, is…
“I wanted more of a skeletal look for this house, and less of a chunky, log-cabin look,” says Panton, who added stark…
The floor plan exemplifies the thin proportions of the bunkhouse, and its 30-degree turn. The bunkroom measures just…
Near the bunkhouse, Panton built a wood-and-steel footbridge spanning 90 feet across another dry creek leading to the…
With its Brazilian Tigerwood enclosures, the outdoor bathhouse, which includes showers, sinks and dressing areas,…
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