Construction has begun on a new house on the banks of the Guadalupe River north of Boerne Texas. The site slopes down to the river from the street in a series of rock ledges, with the house on the last ledge whose edge drops forty feet to the bank of the river. The guest house sits on the ledge higher up from the house and connects to the second floor of the house at the two story living room. The same bridge runs through the house and out the other side, ending in a viewing platform that is cantilevered past the edge of the bluff. The other side of the Guadalupe is unspoiled Hill Country, part of a large ranch that extends to the horizon. The exterior of the house is corrugated Galvalume steel, a maintenance-free material whose shiny finish reflects the sun's heat. Due to it's corrugated structure, it also ventilates the area between the metal and the exterior walls, further reducing heat absorption of the house from the hot Texas sun.
Guadalupe River House
The bridge that connects the guest house to the main house runs through the main house and out the other side as a viewing platform that cantilevers over the edge of the bluff.
Modernist Industrial house on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River with unspoiled ranch land on the far side. The house is geared to the views and access to the surrounding environment from every room. The guest house sits on a ledge higher up the hill with a pedestrian bridge linking it to the second floor of the two-story living room of the main house. The entire house is clothed in maintenance-free corrugated Galvalume finish steel that pays homage to local rural barns, sheds, and feed mills.
A bridge from the guest house leads to the second floor of the two-story living room of the main house.
On the left side of the image an observation pier extends from the house for expansive views of the river. On the right is a screened porch off the master suite. Its roof acts as an outdoor deck for the guest bedrooms on the second floor.
House as viewed from the uphill guest house.
In the Great Room looking toward kitchen and rear porch
The approach to the house.
Living Room looking toward kitchen. The entry pod is on the right.
This end of the house will have a private deck off the master suite that cantilevers over the edge of the bluff.
Ground Floor Plan. All rooms face the river and have access to the outdoors. Covered and screened porches encourage outdoor living.