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Shiner Guesthouse

The farmhouse has long served as an iconic link between human society and the earth. Located in the expansive rural landscape of southeast Texas, this project connects "home" with outside landscape at varying depths through moments of everyday use.

While a house in a more urban setting must obscure its contents--protect those within it--a farmhouse removed from urban contexts, standing alone on acres of land, can celebrate transparency and the proliferation of uninterrupted visual corridors.

Rather than feeling carefully guarded when opening a screen, inhabitants in the farmhouse enjoy the freedom of feeling that their surroundings lay open before them at all times.


The master plan thus situates two pieces, main house and guest house, such that a shared landscape emerges that moves not only from house to landscape but also from house to house.

The buildings are positioned to best take advantage of sweeping views toward the rolling hills and town of Moulton, as well as to best control wind and sun exposure in the hot Texas climate.

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Exterior volume

View of the guesthouse from the driveway. This front facade will have two very large barn doors which cover the windows when not in use and during the hot summer months.

The roofers started and completed there work over the course of two days.

We liked the view from the roof.

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Connecting the inside to the outside

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).

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Ground Breaking

Today we literally broke ground on our next project in Texas.  This is a farm in Shiner, where we are starting construction on a 1000-square-foot guest house (the main farmhouse will follow later this year).  Ashley visited the site in order to verify placement of the perimeter and plumbing connections.  The team was hard at work digging and placing the pipes for the slab foundation (which will be poured later this week).

Batter boards outline the perimeter, a rectangle with a 20'x8' patio extending out from the main living area.  The trenches are dug to different depths--gas lines are deepest, with electrical next, and water lines on top.  This is so that if you ever dig later on, you'd spring a water leak before you'd electrocute yourself or start a gas leak.

Beasts from far and wide came to witness the event.

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