Guest lodge on a large ranch in central Texas. The Lodge sits on the edge of a steep bluff overlooking a bend in the San Saba River, with the river valley stretching out to the horizon. The design of, and materials used for, the Lodge is a blend of historic Texas Hill Country structures and historic National Park lodge architecture. Construction is currently underway.
The Overlook Guest Lodge (Under Construction)
The Lodge sits on the edge of a bluff overlooking a bend of the San Saba river.
The Overlook Guest Lodge
The Lodge is reminiscent of National Parks lodges and CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) structures of the 1930's.
Third floor "Crow's Nest" room with wet bar. The great windows overlook the Texas Hill Country to the right, and the San Saba River to the left. The fireplace will be built from giant stone boulders found on the ranch.
The third floor "Crow's Nest" room.
The ground level reception room, nicknamed the Dog Run.
The ground floor reception room opens to a broad stone patio that cantilevers over the edge of the bluff and overlooks a bend of the San Saba River. The fireplace design is based on the fireplace in the Hermit's Rest at Grand Canyon National Park.
Section through the building. Bedrooms are on the ground floor. Main spaces are on second and third floors. Every room, including the bedrooms, has its own fireplace.
A great deal of the structure throughout the building is timber frame. This is a 3D model that shows the extent, from beams and columns to the triangular brackets that support the roof overhangs.
The second floor Game Room features a hand-painted mural showing a scene on the ranch of cattle crossing an arroyo. The painting is in the style of Depression-Era WPA (Works Progress Admistration) murals in post offices by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton.
The second floor Gathering Room with an inglenook style fireplace. Window wall on the left overlooks the San Saba River valley.
Second floor kitchen and dining room. All rooms in the Lodge overlook the San Saba River valley.
Initial concept sketch.
Fireplace details. Each main room has its own, unique fireplace.
Original sketch of the site plan, drawn at a restaurant meeting.
The finalized site plan.
Study model showing the topography of the site and the building's relationship to the bluff.