Modern timber home lives large with elevated deck

Timber house with large deck and outdoor seating area. Casey
Dunn

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.

Deck wrapping around outside of home.Casey
Dunn

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
treehouse-like feel
.

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.

Living room with big windows and modern furniture.Casey
Dunn A dining room with wood floors and openings to a deck.
Casey Dunn

Wall of white cabinets in kitchen.Casey
Dunn Timber-clad bedroom with a view of a deck and trees.
Casey Dunn

Three bunk beds stacked on top of each other.Casey
Dunn
Bathroom with white walls and cabinets. Casey
Dunn

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Modern timber home lives large with elevated deck