Elements of the property are found throughout the house. A small space in the utility room is dedicated as a wash up spot for pets or children.
“Knowing that the creek was going to be so much fun for either a dog or a small or big child, you can completely hose the children or the puppy dog without completely destroying the interior of the home,” Guiling says.
There’s limestone in the creek and there’s limestone in the house. Rather than have a stark modern edifice, stucco and wood in the same palette of the trees and the sand were used for the exterior.
“Even though it’s man-made, hopefully it kind of blends in with the site rather than stand in contrast,” Guiling says. “The other thing we did was put some wide-over sailing eaves on it, so that the house tends to hug the ground.”
The Prairie style, developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is conducive to the Texas weather. The wide eaves of the home protect windows, and provide shade and water protection, making it more energy and maintenance efficient. A touch of modern craftsman influence is found in railings through the home.
The 7,250 square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home is Douglas Guiling Architects’ foray into residential design. Old high school friend Tom Grecio, the late prolific home builder, introduced Guiling to Galaxy Modern’s Janelle Alcantara. She showed Guiling the empty lot and it took him several months to design the spec-to-sell home. It took about 11 months to build; it sold in three weeks.