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The Desert Beckons in a Designer's Minimalist Marfa Abode

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Location: Marfa, Texas
Price: $895,000
"Make Tacos Not War," reads a gold-lettered message above an antique pink sink in architectural designer Barbara Hill's extensively renovated adobe home in Marfa, Texas. Formerly a century-old dance hall, the structure is now a minimalist one-bedroom getaway with a very open layout and landscaped outdoor space. Instead of partitions, rooms are delineated (or not) via high moveable closets and bookshelves on skateboard wheels. The 18-inch adobe walls are white, floors are birch plywood, and the ceilings are painted black. This high-design pad, which has been featured in Dwell, just hit the market for $895,000.

During the 18-month renovation, Hill spent a lot of time carefully choosing the fixtures that would be the primary design elements in her spare 2,300-square-foot dwelling: There's a pitched roof with black steel beams in the living area, industrial-style windows, glass sliding doors, and a wood-burning fireplace. Hill paid $149K for the home in 2004, but then spent approximately $850K renovating it.

· 303 East Texas Street, Marfa [Marfa Vista Realty]
· A Minimalist Retreat in Marfa Asks $895,000 [Wall Street Journal]
· Dance Dance Renovation [Dwell]
· The Rise of Marfa: How a Texas Town Came to Rule Design [Curbed National]
· All House of the Day posts [Curbed National]