A House With Zip!Contemporary Landscape, Austin

Design: Mark Lind
Project Management: Jon Strain
Photography: Paul Finkel, 2012

A new drystack stone “arroyo” in front of the house acts as a backup flood control element, should an excessive amount of water ever penetrate the berms. An ipe’ and steel entry bridge spans the arroyo and provides pleasant access to the home’s glass and cypress front door. In order to provide shelter for arriving guests and shield the home’s entry from the blistering western sun, a new front porch structure was designed using wood posts comprised of four smaller individual posts bolted together. These in turn support a large glulam beam holding the fir roof structure, whose materials and detailing match the cover of the rear deck.

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Prince Fafa wrote:Jan 23, 2017
  • Prince Fafa

    Thank u so much! I may consider using it after assessing the risks of flooding in the area I plan to build.

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    CG&S Design-Build

    Cool—good luck!

gcsally13 wrote:Jul 26, 2013

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Mitchell Parker added this to Houzz Tour: Wild for Wood in Central TexasFeb 8, 2013

His solution was to add an arroyo, a deep, dry trench landscaped with river pebbles that channels water from the front of the house to a creek out back. In response to the arroyo, Lind created an ipe wood bridge with a steel cable railing that leads to the front door. The nearby cantilevered shade trellises over the windows keep the harsh western sun at bay.

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Jim & Jo added this to 1322 Inspiration House elements 2018Feb 12, 2018

Feb 2018 - add to shortlist photos for exterior entry design

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