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Concrete floors with a clear sealant add to the kitchen's simple aesthetic. Horizontal windows up high near the 10-foot ceilings and low down bathe the room in natural light.
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The living room is architect Nick Mehl's favorite area because of the gorgeous natural light pouring in. Hoffman bought the "Blue Skies" neon sign at an auction hosted by musician Willie Nelson. "My late husband, Jace, and I chaired the annual fundraising event for the Corpus Christi Art Museum," she says. "The theme was Blue Skies and Black Ties, and we had the neon sign made for the event." Hoffman and her husband made it a habit to travel west often, because they loved the open skies. "That inspired us to paint the ceilings of our house sky blue, so it seemed like that sign was meant for us. It's been part of my homes ever since."
A one-story home is a common choice for homeowners over age 60, but a second-story view of her property was essential to Hoffmann. She plans to stay at her new sanctuary, so an elevator designed by Symmetry Elevators was a practical design solution.
The master bedroom is an airy retreat with a great view. A white modern dog bed from Design Within Reach lies at the foot of Hoffman's bed. The watercolor above the bed is by Pat Deadman, a Corpus Christi, Texas, artist.
The exterior features a cement facade and cedar paneling, plus solar panels on top of the enclosed pool. Rainwater barrels gather water for use throughout the home.
The wood siding was designed using a rain-screen technique. "The wood siding is pulled off the house with 1-by-2 furring strips so air can flow behind the siding," Mehl explains. "This helps to dry out the wood when it gets wet and ventilates the space behind the siding to help insulate the building."
The custom-built matching kennel is equipped with six matching indoor-outdoor dog runs, a kitty playroom and a dog-accessible shower.
Mehl appreciated the wide expanse of land that his team had to work with because they had the freedom to place the structures — including the main house and the kennel — anywhere they pleased.
"I find the simplicity of the home to be calming," Hoffman says. "The lines and features of the house are beautiful but not distracting, so it's a perfect venue for enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings."
The air-conditioned kennel keeps the animals cool in the Texas heat while Hoffman works to find them permanent homes. Concrete floors make for easy cleanup.
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