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Rustic ranch-like home with weathered siding nestled creekside in Texas

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This spectacular ranch-like home was designed by Tim Cuppett Architects, located on the bank of Shoal Creek, a stream and an urban watershed in Austin, Texas. The design of this structure celebrates both the creekside landscape and the tree canopy, featuring two weathered Douglas fir clad volumes that rise above the creek from a flush limestone plinth.

The wood volumes are connected by a transparent living room bridge which spans a cavern carved into the limestone plinth. From the motor court, one enters the dwelling across an elevated walkway to the front door or descent a staircase into the stone cavern to a covered porch and private entry below. Inside you will find four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms.

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Above: Pre-weathered fir siding is treated with Eco-Treatment, gray stain. Scupper at end of gutter spills into gravel catch basin which feeds water runnel through site.

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Above: Rain water scupper in lieu of down spout.

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Above: Pre-weathered fir siding is finished with Eco-Treatment, stay color gray. Slurried limstone base. Berridge roof panel, color Lead-Cote.

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Above: Entry bridge adjacent to “canyon” wich leads to porch overlooking creek below.

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Above: Entry bridge adjacent to “canyon” which leads to creek below.

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Interior spaces seem to echo the simplicity of the dwelling, scaled for intimate family gatherings, and focused into the tree canopy which shades the site. Interior finishes include a continuation of Douglas fir, distinguished from the weathered exterior by a lye finish, juxtaposed against blackened steel, handmade ceramic tiles, and spare inserts of marble and brass.

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What We Love: This rustic ranch-like home features weathered natural materials on the exterior mixed with more refined details on the interior. Large windows capture views of the beautiful tree canopy surrounding this home while blurring indoor-outdoor boundaries. We are loving how the architects carried the same wood material into the interior of this home, adding warmth and harmony.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most intriguing and what would you change? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home: Tour this dreamy modern Texas farmhouse surrounded by oak trees.

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Above: Fir screen encloses stair to lower floor. Kitchen and dining beyond.

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Above: Dining room features window wall, fir covered millwork with brass counter top, fixtures, and hardware.

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Above: Windows provide light but privacy from street.

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Above: Fir screen wall encloses stair, between living and dining rooms.

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Above: Door panel slides into wall between living room and screened porch.

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Above: This screened porch communicates with the Master Bedroom. Plunge pool beyond.

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Above: Patterned glass separates shower and toilet and compartment.

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Above: Fir walls, mosaic tile backsplash and floor.

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Above: Fir screen encloses stair to lower level.

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Above: A lower-level playroom.

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Above: Custom steel bunk beds and adjacent trundle bed.

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Above: Stairs descend to lower level porch below bridge living room. Porch leads to private office and overlooks creek. Steps and walls are white limestone; slurried on walls.

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Above: Plunge pool overlooks creek below.

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Photos: Whit Preston

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