Construction recently began on an addition we designed for Rolling in Thyme and Dough - a bakery, diner and nursery that has become a social gathering space for the hill country town of Dripping Springs, TX. The diner currently operates out of a house that was built circa 1900 and will remain open for most construction as we build three new buildings which will lightly attach to the existing.
The Shiner guesthouse is coming along well with a few bumps along the way, including the loss of our camera which had a lot of the framing images. Its almost completely dried in now.
Great thing about a farmhouse on lots of land: you don't have to worry about privacy all that much. So, we tried to create cross views through the interior to connect the inside and out while framing shots of the beautiful landscape.
The double height living space spans across the barn-style volume from east to west so it should get a great cross breeze (its always windy in Shiner).
We took a little bit of a break after finishing the house to decompress and figure out what exactly to do with the landscape. Now things are going strong again and the yard will get finished up very quickly with the help of American Trees Landscaping and some great designers. We'd like to thank Jennifer Orr and Megumi Aihara for all of their great design advice and suggestions and especially Gena Wirth for taking our design concept to another level and designing a great landscape for this house.
The great thing is we are re-using almost all of the landscape materials we harvested from the site when we originally cleared it.
We had a lot... check out our first post in January to see what the site previously looked like. First steps: we re-used the pavers to create a patio in the backyard.
We built our own custom gabions using metal panel fencing and then started to fill them with the concrete cylinders and general debris. (we'll reorganize the contents a bit later). The gabions are great because they will help slow down water runoff and soil erosion on the sloping site and serve as benches.
In addition to re-using all of the site materials, creating a landscape that was low maintenance and durable in the austin environment is of critical importance to us. So, we are using a lot of low maintenance native plants, only a small planted area of low maintenance grass, and lots of gravel.
More to come in the next few days.