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Rocking F Ranch project client

Rocking F Ranch, Fayette County

Withheld by request


Mell Lawrence Architects

design team contractor

Mell Lawrence, FAIA; Rebecca Devine Santini Construction


Abode, Fern Santini (interior); Gardens (landscape)



Hester + Hardaway windows and transoms : Marvin; tower windows : Custom

Window; doors : Simpson Wood Doors; metal siding and roofing : Montopolis Supply; stone : Custom Stone


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a r c h i t e c t

FARMHOUSE vernacular inspired this family retreat in rural Central Texas. The compound consists of three buildings that define the perimeter of a central yard skirting an oak grove—the main building with living areas and kitchen on the ground floor and guest rooms upstairs, a bedroom wing with the master suite in a tower adjacent to the children’s bedroom, and a carport. Corrugated metal, wood, stone, and concrete form an elemental palette of materials that evokes traditional rural buildings. Metal drill-stem pipes were site-welded for the carport and the connector bridge between the other buildings. Deep porches running the length of two buildings are dramatically exaggerated, creating outdoor spaces protected from the elements with views to a lake, acres of rolling hills, and endless skies beyond.

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards