Guadalupe River House

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Three siblings use this home as a gathering point for their families. They asked that the design create a space that promotes and emphasizes connections 1) between the families, 2) to light and the surrounding landscape, and 3) to the river. The house needed to be built on a very tight budget—no simple feat for a site within the Guadalupe River floodway. To achieve these demands, we focused design around standard materials, details, and components while emphasizing dramatic spatial configurations at connection points that would enhance shared moments between the families and the outdoors.

The house is comprised of two generic rectangular forms rotated to weave around existing trees while maintaining river views. The rotated geometries act upon one another, defining living space and carving out porches in a fashion that strengthens both the connection between the two volumes (guest bedrooms and main living spaces) and the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and exterior glazing over hardi panel serve as the connecting elements, wrapping the living space with transparency at the interior while reflecting nature at the exterior. Clerestory windows in the double height living space look onto a rooftop deck outside the “kids” loft at the floor above.

Serving as the builder for the project, we took advantage of deals on materials where we could find them; all the interior wood finishes are off the shelf products from lumber suppliers, and we collaborated with small Texas shops for affordable windows and sliding glass doors.

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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine. View from outdoor porch by Low Design Office Photo  of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View from outdoor porch by Low Design Office

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. View of house from Guadalupe River side by Low Design Office Photo 2 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of house from Guadalupe River side by Low Design Office

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, Sofa, Stools, Rug Floor, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Bar. View of living area, kitchen, and outdoor porch by Low Design Office Photo 3 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of living area, kitchen, and outdoor porch by Low Design Office

Modern home with Dining Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Table, Recessed Lighting, Wall Lighting, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Storage. View of dining area and outdoor porch in the trees by Low Design Office Photo 4 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of dining area and outdoor porch in the trees by Low Design Office

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Microwave, Range, White Cabinet, Undermount Sink, Dishwasher, Recessed Lighting, Wall Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Rug Floor, and Medium Hardwood Floor. View of kitchen, outdoor porch, and roof deck above by Low Design Office Photo 5 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of kitchen, outdoor porch, and roof deck above by Low Design Office

Modern home with Bedroom, Recessed Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Chair. View of bedroom and outdoor porch by Low Design Office Photo 6 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of bedroom and outdoor porch by Low Design Office

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Undermount Sink, Wall Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Full Shower, Subway Tile Wall, Open Shower, Porcelain Tile Wall, Ceiling Lighting, and Porcelain Tile Floor. View of outdoor shower and Guadalupe River from master bathroom by Low Design Office Photo 7 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of outdoor shower and Guadalupe River from master bathroom by Low Design Office

Modern home with Kids Room, Bunks, Playroom Room Type, Family Room Room Type, Chair, Shelves, Storage, Bedroom Room Type, Bed, Rug Floor, Carpet Floor, Neutral Gender, Teen Age, Pre-Teen Age, and Toddler Age. View of triple bunk bed and outdoor roof deck by Low Design Office Photo 8 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of triple bunk bed and outdoor roof deck by Low Design Office

Modern home with Kitchen, Rug Floor, Range, Medium Hardwood Floor, Microwave, Wood Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, and White Cabinet. View of kitchen cabinets by Low Design Office Photo 9 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

View of kitchen cabinets by Low Design Office

Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Slope, Back Yard, Trees, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Hardscapes, Front Yard, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Side Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. Site Plan and Site Section Photo 10 of Guadalupe River HouseView Photos

Site Plan and Site Section

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Concept Diagrams and Drawings

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  • Low Design Office
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  • Low Design Office
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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 2844
  • Lot Size
  • 1.9 Acres