There’s nothing like Texas hill country style to make you feel at home in your new custom built house. Some elements of this European inspired architecture are reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa. Draw from the Texas landscape by using native building materials while blending the timeless old world feel of a historical dwelling with the charm of a true southern home.
Courtyards and terraces are an important element of hill country design, and should be planned for early on in the design process. Provide views of a nearby lake or private in-ground swimming pool from many vantage points within the home.
Consider placing an oculus window on a wall over an exterior door. Positioning the front door behind an arched wall creates additional privacy and protection from harsh sun during the hottest months.
Limestone floors are a beautiful addition to a foyer and produce a beautiful patina over time. Add beams of reclaimed wood over the entryway to give a sense of depth and spaciousness to the first room your guests enter.
A cozy reading retreat under an open stairway provides a sense of intimacy in a space that may otherwise go unused. Choose a comfortable bench with a print that offers a bold contrast to the muted tones of the room.
Add a pop of Texas style to the staircase by choosing an iron railing. Choose stair treads that look weather worn to give your home an instant sense of history.
A flood of natural light is a necessary component of a hill country home’s foyer. Take time to carefully choose their placement to make the best use of the brightness that nature offers.