Board-form concrete and expansive glazing are topped with an oversized roof to help the Balcones House stay cool in the Texas heat. From the road, the home appears as a simple two-story box. Once you enter, the interior spaces extend horizontally around a central wood volume. The same untreated fir runs along the ceiling for a warm contrast of both color and texture. Large sliding glass doors expand the interior out to a gravel courtyard and swimming pool. Above the concrete ground floor, the upstairs is encased in floor to ceiling windows. Perched above the treetops, the master bedroom opens to a 15-foot screened porch with views reaching the downtown skyline in the distance.
Photos: Leonid Furmansky / Mell Lawrence Architects