About the Project

When we met our clients at their ranch in Blanco County, TX, we could see how much each member of the family had already fallen in love with the place. They were enchanted by the old oak trees, rock walls, and large stock tank on the property. They began to imagine years of family memories being made there.

They asked us to help them create a retreat geared toward enjoying activities together at the ranch – a place for their family to escape to on the weekends and for longer stays.

We helped them realize that vision by conceiving a Texas Hill Country Style homestead that appears to have been built over a period of time and adapted for new uses. 

We designed the house to imply that a rugged stone smokehouse outbuilding and an old stone barn structure had been reworked and connected to a more formal 2-story stone “main house”. 

Natural light and connection to outdoor living spaces were important to our clients, so we designed the rooms to flow together and opened them to the outdoors with large windows and French doors.

Enjoying time together outdoors was a primary goal for this family, so we created an open space bounded by a wrapping porch, low rock walls, and a summer kitchen pavilion to define the space and separate it from the natural terrain beyond. 

To further the idea of a homestead with multiple structures and a long history, we connected the salt-box shaped “carriage barn” garage with a low rock wall and crushed granite motor court, and placed the horse barn parallel to the garage, but with enough separation to show off the simple beauty of the classic barn. 

Interior Design: Donna Figg Design
Photography: Andrea Calo Architectural Photographs