Timber Ridge
2004


Type: House

Location: 9705 Timber Ridge   Austin, Texas

Timber Ridge was developed as a speculative project in a west Austin neighborhood. The disproportionately long site contained scattered oaks, gently sloping topography, and potential views of the Texas Hill Country. These parameters dictated the form of the house. It is composed of three long rectangular connected volumes oriented parallel to each other. The main volume, the central one, houses the two-car garage, kitchen, dining, and living areas, and an exterior courtyard. A second floor studio is open to the kitchen below, creating a loft. The balance of the main volume roof is used as a deck. Below, one of the flanking volumes contains the master suite, including a master bathroom which is open to the master bedroom. The other volume contains two additional bedrooms, and service rooms. The three volumes focus the views to the courtyard, and to the backyard beyond. For the exterior, the design team specified 2’x8’ hardy board for its aesthetic value. This material became the module which dictated the heights of all architectural elements. Horizontal joint lines were highlighted with aluminum moldings. Aided by the dramatic fifty foot bridge to access the second floor from the street level, the achieved horizontality anchors the house to its surroundings. For effects of accenting certain elements, locally quarried limestone was used. Other noteworthy features include exposed, prefabricated steel stairs, glass garage door, polycarbonate translucent paneling, and machine swaged stainless steel cable guardrails. Floating vertical and horizontal planes provide shade, frame views, define spaces, and add to the volumetric character of the house.

Scope of work: development, design, construction, sales