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"Fish Camp" Family Retreat

"Fish Camp" is an affectionate name for a rustic, camp style family retreat where three generations come together and enjoy the outdoors and each other. The site is 35 acres of oaks and juniper outside of Fredericksburg, Texas. The site was left completely wild, with only a gravel road disturbing the natural setting. We built the house in a small, linear clearing among some oak trees and dug a small lake nearby for swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The compound is composed of three buildings: the Gathering Room (kitchen, dining, and living), the Bunk House (sleeping for six, and the Owner's Retreat (Master Bedroom Suite for the grandparents, who live there full time). These buildings are loosely tied together with open and covered decks and screened porches. The three buildings were laid out between the existing oaks so that no trees had to be removed. We used cedar, stone, concrete, and galvanized pipe as the major materials. All interior and exterior floors are stained and sealed concrete. Exterior siding is split cedar shake and local stone. Roof is Galvalume steel standing seam. The Gathering room structure is traditional mortise and tenon timber frame.

Fish Camp