A spectacular modern Texas hill country home embraces the outdoors


J Christopher Architecture is responsible for the design of this fabulous modern home located in the Rollingwood neighborhood of Austin, Texas. The dwelling is nestled on a unique guitar-shaped lot that has a limited buildable area. To accommodate for the limited footprint, the architects devised a four-story elevator that forms a “spine” to distribute the living spaces vertically.

Fine craftsmanship can be found throughout this 4,888-square-foot home. This includes the cantilevered stair treads, a transparent cable guard rail, and brake metal trim that unifies larger assemblies. High privacy windows and plenty of north-facing glazing capture city views while providing plenty of natural light without heat gain.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTS J Christopher Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN Wendy William Design BUILDER Four Square Builders LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER Grieg-Percy Collaborative


Massive cantilevered roof overhangs, decks, and preserved trees supply shade and define inviting outdoor “rooms”.   Blurring inside and out, meticulously crafted wood soffits and other exterior materials “penetrate” windows to arrive inside.


Exterior aluminum panels, “concrete” stucco, and native Texas limestone also grace the interior living spaces.


Interior spaces are neatly detailed with trim less metal door frames, reglet cut flush baseboards, and brake metal window wraps. Native limestone forms custom wall sconces, hidden receptacle “caps”, and a floating fireplace. 


Custom wood ceiling planks align perfectly with square and linear fixtures while flush commercial-grade air diffusers and sleek trim-less downlights minimize clutter at gypsum board ceilings.


What We Love: This modern Texas home features clean lines and minimal details to focus on the spectacular views of nature and beyond towards the city. We are especially loving the dual-sided fireplace in the living and dining areas to provide a delineation of living spaces. Overall, the project team did a fantastic job of designing this home with minimal details to focus on the views of nature thanks to expansive walls of glazing.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most attractive? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Texas: A Texas lake house mixes organic elements with sophisticated details and This beautiful Texas home was given an urban farmhouse style makeover.


The kitchen boasts micro-thin countertops, “floating” upper cabinets, and glass-faced drawers and appliances. Interstitial windows create “hovering” upper cabinets while a painted glass backsplash and drawer fronts mimic adjacent Miele appliances. Neolith countertops provide an abundance of prep space.




There are four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms in this spacious residence.



Above: A rooftop office overlooks the greenbelt and downtown Austin, Texas.



A 25,000-gallon underground cistern
Rainwater collection
Solar collection
9 zone VRV HVAC system
An airtight building envelope
And an on-site garden with potting pavilion.
Stormwater is managed on-site with rain gardens of native plants and grasses


The exterior craft is evidenced by a custom steel and cedar fence design, an integral hidden gutter system, and a backlit cut steel address plaque.


Transitioning from naturalistic curves to more rigid house forms, Cor-ten steel landscape walls unify the site, framing a bocce ball court and delineating paths and rain gardens.


A potting pavilion and garden occupy the “neck” of the guitar-shaped property while various wall offsets embrace the curve of the cul-de-sac.




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