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private sanctuary in the center.
As the owners wanted a level home
without stairs for the main living area of
the residence, the home was designed as
a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath main home interconnected with a 2-bedroom, 2-bath
guest house attached to the garage.
The main design feature of the home
is the uniquely placed living room. The
all-glass single wide room extends the
indoor/outdoor courtyard and continues
directly to a cantilevered deck that offers
dramatic raised views to the golf course.
Drawing on the historical Texas homes
of the 1800s, the natural limestone walls
blend outside to inside.
A further nod to its Texas heritage is
the weathered steel guardrail, allowing
for privacy from the interior spaces,
but clear views to the golf course. This
unique steel detail follows along within
the courtyard fencing.
Directly connected to this great room
is the kitchen, offering a large island and
plenty of cabinetry with a unique wall of
recycled glass tile.
A media/library room separates the
living room from master suite, allowing
the owners to watch TV or the fire
before turning in. Like the living spaces,
the master bedroom offers the raised
viewing of the golf course through an
8-by-8 main window.
The guest house/cabana is designed to
be a stand-alone home of approximately
800 sf, offering two full bedrooms (one
designed as a master) and a shared full
bath arrangement to give visitors their
own place of privacy. The cabana also
has a kitchenette, allowing guests to
prepare small meals of their own.
Central to the home is a unique
"laundry suite" that has a direct view to
the courtyard, catching any visitor, and
prominently located rather than being
tucked away in a back room. This space
allows for the families to "meet in the
middle" of the home.
Craig McMahon, AIA, is principal of Craig
McMahon Architects in San Antonio, Texas.
Rather than a traditional front door, the home
features an intimate courtyard entrance that is
the focus of the entry sequence.
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