Built for an extended family with live in caretaker, Bouldin Creek Ranch was designed to enable connections to the exterior living areas while ensuring layers of privacy for the various generations and frequent guests from one another and the city beyond. As a family who collects art, travels and loves to entertain, natural light and flow were important concerns and a contrasting palate of materials highlights the desired practical livability of an aesthetically rich and sculptural environment.
Bouldin Creek Ranch was recently completed for an extended family new to Austin. While ensuring connections to the multiple shared exterior living areas, its design allows for layers of privacy for the various generations and frequent guests from both one another and from the street and the city beyond. As a family who collects art, travels and loves to entertain, natural light and flow were important in creating their retreat on this centrally located urban infill lot. A contrasting palate of materials highlights the desired practical livability of an aesthetically rich and sculptural environment. The home features museum white interior walls, warm wood cabinetry, polished concrete floors, smooth stucco and corrugated metal exterior, brightly colored overhangs and a roughcast concrete privacy wall that creates a front courtyard and continues on into the house to become the entrance.
Long-term considerations were equally important. Concerns over maintenance, materials, occupant accessibility and energy use shaped the design and inspired the residents to achieve a LEED Platinum and an Austin Energy Green Building Program Five Star rating. It is also one of the first new homes to participate in the Pecan Street Program’s research on energy use outside of the Mueller Redevelopment. Technical features include spray foam insulation, low-e coated insulated glass, geothermal heating and cooling, a 10KW photovoltaic solar array, a 2500 gallon rainwater tank as the principal irrigation source, LED lighting, electric car charger, energy star appliances and waterwise plumbing fixtures. Exterior design features include multiple water features, drought tolerant and native plantings, and distinct outdoor living spaces. Interior design features include abundant natural light, durable materials, no step interior transitions, custom designed grab bars / towel rods, roll in shower and sink in master bath, as well as a suite designed for a live-in caretaker.