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fter a chance encounter in a Fort Worth bar, things turned out pretty well for Kyle and Angela Farley. It was there the bartender introduced Kyle, a golfer and artist, to MJ Neal, AIA, who just happened to be teaching a design studio at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Farley’s owned property outside of Cleburne, about a half-hour’s drive south of Fort Worth, and wanted to build a residence and painting studio. The Austin architect was happy to oblige the Farleys by designing a place for Kyle to spread out and paint. Although less than two acres, the site has a distinctly rural feel, being at the end of a long, winding road. Upon passing through the last stand of large post oaks, the dirt drive leads to an existing pond and fields and sky beyond. It’s the sort of generic north central Texas

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countryside where houses coexist with storage buildings, fencing, and livestock. During the day, wildlife and wildflowers provide a focus for the eye. One can also see – and feel – the weather changing. At nighttime, darkness envelops the landscape beneath a big expanse of sky. Angela, an accountant who commutes 150 miles each day, looks forward to the respite of the peaceful destination, notwithstanding the occasional firework salvo from the not-quite-distant-enough yahoos. Apart from broadcasting native wildflower seeds and thinking about a future installation of artwork, the Farleys have made a conscious decision to leave the natural palette as they found it. To respect the site and accommodate a challenging budget, the goal was to simplify. The program consists of only the essentials—living room, kitchen, powder

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2007: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2007: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...