ALTHAUS RANCH HOUSE
Intended for the Texan Hill County just west of Austin, this ranch house concept draws inspiration from the International Style, with white-washed stucco walls contrasting against black steel windows. Comprised of three simple masses, visual interest is added through the exposed timber porches, a formal garden, and tree grove. The combined effect creates a very casual yet sophisticated mood.
The relationship between the exterior gardens, tree groves, and porches are key elements in the design of the house. Combined, they have a sum effect of creating welcoming spaces outside of the walls of the house, which can be used year-round. With four porches on all sides of the house, each one can be utilized at different hours of the day.