a place to share ideas

graceboudewyns's picture

Better Know an LF Project: Wyatt Retreat

ANSWERS BY Trey Rabke Completion Date: 2007 LF Scope: SD; CD; CA Program:
  • two conditioned bedrooms / baths that book-end a screened 'dogtrot'  kitchen
  • second story screened sleeping loft
  • new roof for existing porch and stone fireplace
  • separate entry arbor made of oil field pipe
  • small storage building that includes a bathroom and outdoor shower
The Crux of the Design:
The stone porch, fireplace, and footprint of the previous cabin are all relics, or memories, that we wanted to preserve - the large new roof acts as a shelter for those elements as well as it's inhabitants. The parti became a big roof floating over an odd collection of objects, similar to the typical mobile home installation here in Texas: big metal canopy over palm harbor double wide.
Favorite Details: -The framing of the big, high porch roof. -The rolling steel and glass doors that close up the 'dogtrot'. -The steel cable bracing of the screened loft. -The narrow strip of screen at the lower eave between the large beams that helps ventilate the loft and kitchen, which from the interior perspective gives the roof a little lift. -The water trough tubs are also fun. Interesting Material: "Tidewater cypress: I named my son Cypress, so I trust he shares the same insect/rot resistance." If you could change ONE thing: I wish there was a way to keep some of the dust and pollen out of the screened areas, canvas screens could be an option. Also featured by Garden & Gun
Go Back