Thought it may be known for its ranch houses, Texas has more to offer than that ubiquitous type. (Some of the state's ranch homes are even secret modern houses.) This lovely house by local firm Alterstudio Architecture in the state's capital of cool, Austin, merges elements of the traditional low-slung ranch with a rectilinear, modern sensibility, and curving, wood-paneled volumes that elevate the whole thing to major status. Dubbed the Lake View Residence, the house was built for a client who wanted something overlooking a nearby body of water that was both "warm and modern," according to the architects. The homeowner's wish seems to have been granted. A mix of wood accents (like mullions around broad glass windows), whitewashed brick, and wood paneling (as in the kitchen) lend the whole affair a cozy air. The house, planted in a stand of old-growth trees, is also outfitted with geothermal HVAC systems and a photovoltaic array on the roof that generates a share of its power.
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