Rancho dos Vidas

Sketch of the ranch house
The lodge is approached along the
natural path of the Sendero, cut through
the brush from the north and surmounting
a small hill overlooking a lake
Floorplan of Rancho dos Vidas

The organization of the compound acts as a
foil to the surrounding wilderness.

Pool deck and porch
House at sunset
The west veranda offers outdoor dining
with spectacular views across a marsh
lake and of the horizon beyond
Detail of wooden window shutters
Detail of pendant light
Closeup view of iron door pulls
Courtyard area with fountain

This main court features the soothing sounds of the courtyard fountain and offers comfort through the intimate scale of the gathering space.

Exterior stone work
Detail of fountain
Round stone tower
Through fortified gates, one enters
a court guarded by protective walls
and the sentinel cistern that holds the
harsh Texas surroundings at bay
Man and his horse in a courtyard

Natural plaster and waxed antique wood lend a natural warmth to interior spaces.

Arched roof and light

Butcher Ranch

Green interior room with staircase, armoire and cow skull
Farmhouse with a wide front porch
Thick exterior walls were
hand-troweled sheetrock to
emulate plaster over stone
Sitting room with fireplace

The clean German aesthetic works well for the compartmentalized interiors: every function has its place in the modest house.

Screened front porch with rocking chairs
White farmhouse at sunset
Small windows in the
austere mass shine
as portals at night

Rancho del Cielo

The front of the residence maintains
a fortified presence on the road, while
interior spaces open to remarkable
views of Rough Canyon

The old world charm and warmth once found in the original structure is recreated throughout.

Soft white plaster walls provide contrast
with the natural surroundings, while
red clay tile roofs anchor the house
to the landscape

Blackberry | Mountain

Nestled along a wooded slope of the Smokey Mountains, this contemporary mountain residence is framed by a series of stone walls seemingly extruded from the natural ledges of the hillside. The infilling walls of glass open out to the broad vistas of the surrounding mountain in the main living spaces of the house, while other masonry openings frame more intimate views of the landscape from the elevated main level. The master wing anchors on end of the house as a pavilion cantilevering out from its stone base, floating in the canopy of trees. As the house transects the slope, the lower level family gather spaces open onto a stone terrace set with in the natural surrounding forest, and bedrooms tuck into the supporting masonry walls of the foundations.

Lake Cliff | Residence

Perched upon a rocky cliff overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline beyond, this residence takes full advantage of the sweeping views. A grand outdoor living room captures the breezes and vistas and will surely be the family’s favorite gathering place. The architectural design is a sophisticated and refined interpretation of traditional Mediterranean precedent, and its thick wall of stucco and Texas limestone offer a familiar and enduring appearance.

Mt. Gainor | Residence

Located is the Texas Hill Country nestled within a small bucolic sheltered valley know as Mt. Gainor. A beautiful site established by a small extant German community quickly became known as the social gathering entertainment for the community. Embracing the community with picnics, dances and barbecues all led by the local Farmers union. This family home sits at the edge of the bluff overlooking the valley. A more sophisticated central block expresses a Texas German colonial home while more rustic secondary wings echo  rustic forms with Texas stone. Its relationship to the landscape and accessory structures provides a wonderful setting for the family to grow and provide lifelong memories and experiences.

La Canada-Flintridge | Residence

Set within the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County, this new home nestles within a lush and exotic landscape. The design draws on Spanish and regional precedents, with Moroccan influences and features a projecting wood Mashrabiya typical of Islamic architecture. Andalusian houses inspired the project’s massing – a variety of scales and forms and a dynamic plan work together to create visual interest, with spaces opening to the outdoors.

While the street façade presents a calm and dignified presence, the spaces beyond have an informal and picturesque quality. Exterior stairs lead to an open-air sleeping porch, while a 1-story guest wing, loggias, and landscape elements create a dynamic setting for outdoor living and entertainment. This lively mix of one- and two-story elements brings scale to the large site, defining smaller gardens and courtyards each with a unique sense of character and place. The home aims to fit seamlessly within its historic neighborhood and achieve the client’s vision for the project – a ‘jewel box’ cloaked in mystery and delight. Through arched portals, pavilions and loggias, walled courtyards, reclaimed terra cotta, Moroccan glazed tile and hand-carved Indian marble, fantasy abounds.