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HOUSE ON A HILL

Lake|Flato Architects associate Brian Comeaux designed a 2400-square-foot house for an outdoorsy couple on a double-wide lot in Rollingwood, a laid-back suburb right next to Barton Springs in Austin. The property is just 10 minutes from downtown, but is dense with old oak trees and backs up to a creek. As its name implies, Rollingwood is full of hills, and this property is no exception. Comeaux took advantage of the deeply sloping lot and designed a house that follows the hill’s contours, opening the rooms up to views as well as breezes.

A combined living room, kitchen, and dining area enjoy ample light and views thanks to the glazed northern facade.

Floor-to-ceiling windows capture views from every room in the house, and tall ceilings (that reach 18 feet high in the living room) amplify the sense of spaciousness even more.

In the living room, 18-foot-tall ceilings combine with massive windows.

Steps below the living room is another living area, screened-in and with a fireplace that assure it’s for all seasons.

The kitchen’s maple cabinetry and soapstone counters, elements that pair well for a luxurious look.

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Blackened mesquite flooring and clear sealed maple mill work add to the house’s rich collection of materials.

A second-floor office is in the loft above the kitchen.

Both of the home’s two bedrooms serve as master suites. During the colder months, the couple sleeps upstairs where it’s warmer. The downstairs room is more-suitable for humid summer nights.

A view of the tree’s from the master bath.

The second-floor porch sits under the branches of a large oak and is made with Western red cedar, a rot-resistant siding, and Lueders limestone.

The residence follows the hill’s contours.

The outdoor shower is located right off the main balcony and living room.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW POGUE

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