Known for its sleek and sunny homes, Dallas design firm Wernerfield went dark for this guest house—a black-clad rectangular beauty suspended in the trees. Raised 12 feet off the ground on large metal columns, the modern home replaced a split-level on the same site. Lifting the living space was meant to give the impression that visitors were “floating in the forest.” Besides, the underside creates a handy car port.
The big floating rectangle is covered in charred cypress using the ever-popular Shou sugi ban method to protect the wood from decay and add an edgy look.
A breezeway cuts the 1,536-square-foot structure into two rooms—an office and the guest room—connected by a porch that extends into a bridge connecting with the main residence. Both rooms have large sliding glass doors and modern furnishings.