First off, I fell in love with the name: the Hog Pen Creek Residence. I mean, if you name your house and it sounds like a place for livestock, but turns out to be a very sleek and modern residence sitting by a lake, well, I’m in.
And this house sits right beside the shady, tree-covered confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, with much of the building’s design determined by three mature oak trees that forced the builder to orient the house in a certain way, and forced the architecture into an L-shaped footprint.
And since the owners liked the idea of accessing much of the house from outdoor covered porches and walkways the house is designed to have the main living area closely connected with the water, while respecting the flood plain which is the reason for the stair-stepping boardwalk spine.
The main living area, a two-story single width volume with a master bedroom loft and porches on either end, takes advantage of the cool prevailing breezes and shade from the adjacent trees. A movable door serves as a bedroom wall, providing privacy for both the bedroom and the “crow’s nest” office, when needed from the living room below.
But again, there’s that name ….