Stuart Sampley Architect
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Moontower Residence contemporary-exterior

Moontower Residence

This house in Austin’s Bouldin neighborhood is an exercise in efficiency and invention. The site’s three heritage trees drove the design, whose interplay of Hardiplank, wood, metal, and glass is enhanced by thoughtful details and clever spatial solutions. A cypress wood front porch reflects up the easy-going architecture of the neighborhood and another porch overlooks the courtyard, which offers a private outdoor room. Inside, cork floors, a walnut divider, and built-in entertainment center in the main living areas enrich the otherwise simple and sunny modern space. Frosted glass throughout the house provides natural light and privacy during the day and, filters the glow from the adjacent Moontower at night.

Completed March 2011 - view construction progress photos
General Contractor - JGB Custom Homes
Kitchen Consultant - Hello Kitchen
Interior Furnishing & Styling - Little Pond Deisgn
Photography - Atelier Wong

5-star rating by Austin Energy Green Building Program
Featured on 2011 AIA Homes Tour

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August 12, 2013
lajalaja12 wrote:
Who is the manufacturer or supplier of the "barn railing system" ? TY
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    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Great porch Stuart
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January 16, 2013
kimberclark wrote:
Who is the manufacturer of the aluminum windows?
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Is the wood in this photo cedar.....what was the finish and or stain
    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:26PM
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Cypress with Penofin Marine Oil
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December 13, 2012
Sean McLarty - Case Design/Remodeling Inc. wrote:
What is the lap of the siding
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Sean McLarty - Case Design/Remodeling Inc.
Is the siding Hardie? Does it come prefinished?
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November 25, 2012
awoodsatx wrote:
What stain did you use on the cypress? It's lovely.
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penofin marine oil
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January 14, 2012
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Shannon Cunniff
Was the purpose to reduce direct sun on the windows?
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Sliding panel could be xtra security and/or just a "cool" factor...
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

The honey color of the cypress adds sunny warmth to the porch. Its rich glow is achieved through a simple, nontoxic oil treatment. "When you look at the detailing of the house, it is modern — but somewhat transitional," Sampley says. "It's a classic form, but all of the detailing is a reinterpretation of the classic details." At right, behind the tree, you can see the outbuilding that contains the flex room and a full bath.
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As documented in a previous Moontower Houzz tour, the exterior materials are corrugated Galvalume (roof), fiber-cement siding (walls), and locally harvested cypress (porches and soffits).

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March 17, 2015
fiber cement siding
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February 22, 2015
House "floats" on recessed pier & beam foundation due to adjacent tree
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January 17, 2015
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January 7, 2015
Grey + wood look
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December 13, 2014
Love the metal sliding door that can used to protect the glass wall during storms.
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November 13, 2014
metal shutter
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November 7, 2014
front porch
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October 26, 2014
cantilevered porch
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October 4, 2014
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September 14, 2014
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September 4, 2014
exterior materials are galvalume, fiber-cement siding and locally harvested cypress
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August 21, 2014
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August 8, 2014
amazing artistic barn door
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July 28, 2014
The, what seems opaque, exterior sliding shade/door is cool, I like the perforation designs that are repeated in other places
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July 27, 2014
surround deck
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July 24, 2014
Urban feel to posts
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July 23, 2014
deck, siding
lilianel added this to lilianel's Ideas
July 12, 2014
metal shutter
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July 10, 2014
Good idea having a storm shutter for siding glass door.
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June 20, 2014
simle brown siding not lap
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June 10, 2014
Love the sliding door
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May 4, 2014
iron cladding in this colour, ply wood lining
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May 3, 2014
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April 23, 2014
Sliding door
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April 17, 2014
barn door
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March 29, 2014
Metal screen that covers the window.
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March 25, 2014
Like thickiness of hardiplank
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March 12, 2014
Large sliding looks good.
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February 17, 2014
for harsh weather areas. what material is it?
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February 15, 2014
Sliding panel
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February 4, 2014
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January 29, 2014
Beams and down lights
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January 26, 2014
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January 23, 2014
sliding door
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January 20, 2014
casual exterior
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January 5, 2014
sliding door for exterior door and window cover
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December 31, 2013
Make it metal and/or art work!
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December 29, 2013
Very ,very nice
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December 22, 2013
external rolling door
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December 21, 2013
Deck landing
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December 17, 2013
10" lap siding for 2-story section?
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December 16, 2013
Gorgeous - but too orange - but so pretty - maybe this is the tongue & groove
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December 1, 2013
instead of storm shutters
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November 28, 2013
metal circles
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November 27, 2013
agst storm surge
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November 24, 2013
wide plank on deck
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November 16, 2013
House color
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November 11, 2013
exterior window treatment
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cypress with penofin marine oil
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sliding door panel
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October 8, 2013
exterior sliding panel creates privacy in master bed when needed
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October 6, 2013
see architect notes for useful info re: 12" Hardiplank siding (10" overlap); cypress and finish
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September 30, 2013
Nice door
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September 24, 2013
sliding garage
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September 17, 2013
a separate full bathhouse
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September 17, 2013
3 doors out to patio
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September 16, 2013
hardi that i don't hate
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September 14, 2013
covered deck, dark siding, large windows
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September 14, 2013
cool security!
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September 10, 2013
Super idée pour fermer durant absence
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September 8, 2013
Steel shade big tree mid of the house
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September 6, 2013
love the wood beams
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September 4, 2013
Hurricane shield
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September 2, 2013
shutter for sliding door with design
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September 1, 2013
Galerie d'en avant
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August 31, 2013
cerramiento, colores
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August 28, 2013
Best security option I've seen so far. Especially if it locks from the inside.
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August 27, 2013
recessed lights
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August 26, 2013
floating deck, can plant shade plants under and gives illusion of more space
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August 23, 2013
Rolling screen
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August 23, 2013
Steel doors
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August 20, 2013
sliding shade
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August 19, 2013
Like the sliding window cover
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August 18, 2013
Great sliding door
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August 18, 2013
Door coving
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August 15, 2013
brown in color with wood accents
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August 13, 2013
Puertas vs. Huracanes para C del V.
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August 11, 2013
Exterior materials
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August 10, 2013
pine flooring on pation
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August 7, 2013
Exterior sliding door
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August 5, 2013
Security door
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August 2, 2013
12" smooth hardiplank siding
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July 30, 2013
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Casa finde
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July 19, 2013
nice way to sheild from weather
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July 19, 2013
“metal, and glass is enhanced by thoughtful details and clever spatial solutions. A cypress wood front porch reflects up the easy-going architecture of the neighborhood and another porch overlooks the courtyard, which offers a private outdoor room. Inside, cork floors, a walnut divider, and built-in entertainment” “Frosted glass throughout the house provides natural light and privacy during the day and, filters the glow from the adjacent Moontower at night. Completed March 2011 - view construction progress photos General Contractor - JGB Moontower Residence -- note moving panel.
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July 19, 2013
closed ceiling and metal roof
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July 18, 2013
Shutter for French window
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July 16, 2013
Cool window
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July 15, 2013
in front of the kitchen double doors onto the deck
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July 13, 2013
Flex Room
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July 12, 2013
Awesome door!
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July 7, 2013
like the chunky beams
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July 6, 2013
crazy sliding door
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July 5, 2013
Barn door outside?
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July 5, 2013
design on wall
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July 5, 2013
Excelente portón
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maher & Crostwaite
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Local architect
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Sliding door
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June 23, 2013
Window sliding curtain outside,
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June 22, 2013
metal art
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June 21, 2013
great wall panel when we go away fr holidays to keep house secure
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June 17, 2013
building around trees
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June 15, 2013
sliding shutters
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June 14, 2013
fir ceiling with can lights for exterior sunken patio area
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June 13, 2013
privacy panel
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June 9, 2013
The door on this is awesome
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June 9, 2013
Luv luv luv floating deck
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June 8, 2013
couleur materiau
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June 6, 2013
Cool deck wood
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June 6, 2013
porch deck
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June 3, 2013
Another view... like the wood on the porch and the sliding door
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June 3, 2013
awesome exterior window covering idea!
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May 30, 2013
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May 28, 2013
for sliding glass doors to back yard
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Decks, color, type, style
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May 23, 2013
Hardie siding
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May 23, 2013
Wall art
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May 22, 2013
Modern Feature on Basic Structure
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sliding panel curtain
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Puerta corrediza
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May 16, 2013
log cabin / outside blind
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May 13, 2013
sliding wall panel
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May 12, 2013
Good gobs of wood
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May 8, 2013
Back courtyard with deck
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Stain color
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Columns and Sliding door
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May 2, 2013
Build around existing tree
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May 1, 2013
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April 30, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Outdoor option
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April 28, 2013
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April 28, 2013
security doors
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April 28, 2013
Door cover
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April 28, 2013
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April 25, 2013
porch ceiling
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April 23, 2013
Porche d'entrée
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April 22, 2013
Wood pols
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April 21, 2013
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April 21, 2013
cypress with Penofin marine oil finish.
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April 20, 2013
sliding door cover
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April 19, 2013
Door cover
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April 19, 2013
Eco Exterior
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April 19, 2013
Beautiful deck.
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April 15, 2013
sliding barn door shutter
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April 14, 2013
Love deckwood
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April 11, 2013
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April 9, 2013
Sliding door protects other doors when need be
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April 9, 2013
I like sliding door for privacy & hurricane protection
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April 9, 2013
Back yard court yard
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April 9, 2013
sliding panel idea
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April 9, 2013
love the slider with metal
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April 6, 2013
Love the recesssed lights and love the porch roof and love the exposed beams...
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April 5, 2013
Open terrace concept
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April 3, 2013
Like the sliding shutter panel - the idea- not this particular one
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April 1, 2013
I loketheposts
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March 31, 2013
Panel de metal
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March 31, 2013
exterior shade
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March 31, 2013
Sliding door arrangement
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March 31, 2013
Sliding door arrangement
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March 30, 2013
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March 29, 2013
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March 29, 2013
Idea for mill house
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March 28, 2013
Hurricane proof? As documented in a previous Moontower Houzz tour, the exterior materials are corrugated Galvalume (roof), fiber-cement siding (walls), and locally harvested cypress (porches and soffits).
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March 28, 2013
wide smooth hardie siding
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March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
rock underneath
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March 26, 2013
storm protector
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March 22, 2013
Nice el
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