Completed in 2017, this contemporary 3,800 square foot, custom home nestled on a hill top overlooking the Texas Hill country, takes full advantage of its site selection, while delivering on the client's goals.

As the client's prepared to relocate to Central Texas to be near their children and grand children, J Square Architecture had the privilege of working with a local realtor to select a site in a developing area that offered a commanding view of the hill country. As the architect, we focused on finding a site that would meet this request, as well as, consider solar orientation, prevailing breezes, and mature vegetation, which contribute to the enjoyment of these vistas, our "outdoor" culture, and cooling demands in Austin.

The U V Home, was designed to achieve a laundry list of goals provided by the client's, and refined during the programming phase of the project. We were tasked with creating a home that was downsized for the move, allowed for "live/age in place", entertaining the growing family, was energy efficient, allowed for low maintenance, and be contemporary in aesthetic. The client's affinity for mid-century modern with a "Palm Springs flair", privacy, green building principals, and operating cost concerns, ultimately drove the design process and completed solutions.

The home is organized around the outdoor living/entertaining area in a "U" shape, by three, butterfly roofed masses that create the privacy desired, using the negative edge pool as a threshold to the beautiful hill country views. The lessor used guest wing was placed to the West, buffering the neighbors, road noise, and brutal summer sun. This wing can be set to "sleep mode" when unoccupied. The East wing contains the private spaces, and takes advantage of morning sun light needs. These two wings are connected by the open, public, living space and entry, with floor to ceiling glass doors and windows that open to the outdoor spaces and view.

By utilizing passive cooling design techniques specific to the micro climate of the site, "Texas approved" materials, Best practice construction details, in conjunction with high efficiency HVAC, plumbing, and lighting systems, the U V House is a home to be enjoyed for generations.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Grass, Hardscapes, Walkways, Raised Planters, Boulders, Shrubs, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Stone Fences, Wall, Retaining Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, Slope, and Field. Front courtyard and entry sequence Photo  of The U V HouseView Photos

Front courtyard and entry sequence

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Mid-Century Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Stucco Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Butterfly RoofLine. Entry detail and guest wing featuring one of the rainwater harvesting cistern collectors Photo 2 of The U V HouseView Photos

Entry detail and guest wing featuring one of the rainwater harvesting cistern collectors

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Shrubs, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Lap Pools, Tubs, Shower, Hardscapes, Raised Planters, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. Rear outdoor living looking west toward the guest wing, featuring the negative edge pool, and "eyelash" shade fade detail  Photo 3 of The U V HouseView Photos

Rear outdoor living looking west toward the guest wing, featuring the negative edge pool, and "eyelash" shade fade detail

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Raised Planters, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, Lap Pools, Tubs, Shower, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Tile Patio, Porch, Deck. Rear outdoor living looking east toward the master wing and public wing, featuring the negative edge pool and outdoor living areas Photo 4 of The U V HouseView Photos

Rear outdoor living looking east toward the master wing and public wing, featuring the negative edge pool and outdoor living areas

Modern home with Windows, Sliding Window Type, Picture Window Type, and Metal. main public wing looking west over the outdoor living area, featuring the floor to ceiling glass and visual/physical connection between interior and exterior space. Photo 5 of The U V HouseView Photos

main public wing looking west over the outdoor living area, featuring the floor to ceiling glass and visual/physical connection between interior and exterior space.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Ribbon Fireplace, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Gas Burning Fireplace. main public wing looking toward the living area from the kitchen Photo 6 of The U V HouseView Photos

main public wing looking toward the living area from the kitchen

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, Ribbon Fireplace, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Gas Burning Fireplace. living area focal wall, featuring the ribbon fireplace/TV detail, limestone veneer and sloped ceiling Photo 7 of The U V HouseView Photos

living area focal wall, featuring the ribbon fireplace/TV detail, limestone veneer and sloped ceiling

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Sectional, Ceiling Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Coffee Tables. main wing looking toward the dining and kitchen area from the living area Photo 8 of The U V HouseView Photos

main wing looking toward the dining and kitchen area from the living area

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Range Hood, Microwave, Refrigerator, Wine Cooler, and Undermount Sink. Kitchen detail featuring, the back-lit back splash and limestone veneer Photo 9 of The U V HouseView Photos

Kitchen detail featuring, the back-lit back splash and limestone veneer

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Floor. Dining room detail featuring the minor axis mill work detail, and portal to the mud/laundry/desk/garage area Photo 10 of The U V HouseView Photos

Dining room detail featuring the minor axis mill work detail, and portal to the mud/laundry/desk/garage area

Modern home with Office, Chair, Storage, Desk, and Porcelain Tile Floor. desk detail in the mud/laundry area overlooking the front courtyard Photo 11 of The U V HouseView Photos

desk detail in the mud/laundry area overlooking the front courtyard

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Mid-Century Building Type, Stucco Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Butterfly RoofLine. exterior of the master wing featuring the cantilevered sitting bay, and roof hole over the master bath garden  Photo 12 of The U V HouseView Photos

exterior of the master wing featuring the cantilevered sitting bay, and roof hole over the master bath garden

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Dresser, Night Stands, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Floor. master bedroom Photo 13 of The U V HouseView Photos

master bedroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceramic Tile Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, Freestanding Tub, Corner Shower, and Stone Tile Wall. master bath detail featuring the freestanding soaking tub Photo 14 of The U V HouseView Photos

master bath detail featuring the freestanding soaking tub

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceramic Tile Floor, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Table Lighting. master bathroom detail of "her" side lavatory and vanity featuring the, custom glazed mirror windows Photo 15 of The U V HouseView Photos

master bathroom detail of "her" side lavatory and vanity featuring the, custom glazed mirror windows

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Floor. guest master bedroom Photo 16 of The U V HouseView Photos

guest master bedroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceramic Tile Floor, Undermount Sink, Enclosed Shower, Pendant Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, and Stone Tile Wall. guest master bathroom featuring the roll in shower and floating counter top bench Photo 17 of The U V HouseView Photos

guest master bathroom featuring the roll in shower and floating counter top bench

Interior Design
Landscape Design
  • Tait Moring
Builder
  • Risher+Martin Fine Homes
Photographer
  • Atelier Wong Photography

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 3800
  • Lot Size
  • 1.2 Acres
  • Smart Home Tech
  • Nest
  • Skybell
  • Icontrol Networks