Elm Lodge

This family-friendly weekend retreat is located on a small sloping lot overlooking Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country. A board-formed concrete foundation raises the building out of the floodplain, while creating a view to the lake beyond. Basic durable materials such as concrete floors, Hardie board-and-batten siding, and large aluminum windows contribute to the building’s budget-friendly lakehouse aesthetic.

Large eave overhangs, critical in the Texas climate, are supported by steel pipe brackets that assist the cantilever of the corrugated metal roofing on a single purlin. This method of construction allowed the contractor to seal up the simple volume of the building quickly and efficiently.

A sloped entry bridge connects the elevated house to the parking area. Steel bent tubes support the exposed roofs of outdoor porches, adding to the shade of a massive tree and creating an inviting place to hang out.
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