It’s the ultimate family retreat
Built on a tight budget as a family retreat, this timber home in
New Braunfels, Texas, employs off-the-shelf materials and dramatic
proportions to dazzling effect.
Three siblings wanted the house to serve as a home base for
family functions and tasked Austin firm Low Design Office with
figuring out how to make the most of the tree-filled site next to
the Guadeloupe River.
Built from wood sourced from local lumber suppliers, the River
House looks a little like a full-scale log cabin updated for the
modern age. A slatted timber base supports the second story,
reachable via a steep staircase, giving the home an almost
Much of the house is designed around balancing spaces for
gathering and privacy. The open-plan living room and kitchen is the
heart of the home with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that
connect directly to the expansive, wraparound deck. Its clerestory
windows also offer a peek of the other wing, which contains a
kids’ bedroom with a triple bunk built into the pitched roof,
plus a skylit bathroom. Glass walls interspersed along the facade
also connect other bedrooms and bathrooms to outdoor views.
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Modern timber home lives large with elevated deck