Flaming Goat Ranch

Situated near a stand of oak trees at the edge of a grazing pasture, this house is a modern rendition of the traditional Texas ranch house. Built on a modest budget for a family transplanted from Los Angeles, the house reflects the owners’ desire to return to their rural Texas roots. (Early client-architect “bonding” occurred when the client’s sports car got stuck in the ranch mud – the client has since traded in the car for a pickup truck.) The house accommodates a casual, barefoot lifestyle and satisfies a desire for strong connections to the surrounding landscape.

Large pocketing lift-and-slide doors on both sides of the main living space effectively turn the house into a screened porch when opened. The lower eaves extend to provide generous protection from the harsh Texas sun.

The structure is oriented to take advantage of prevailing breezes and minimize solar gain. A linear clerestory extends the length of the home, organizing the spaces around a heavy timber structure while providing abundant daylight to interiors and acting as a thermal ventilation chimney.

The guesthouse and carport are organized around the pool, which provides a central unifying element for the informal ranch house compound.
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