Arroyo Colorado Residence, Rio Hondo TX:
The home is situated on the bank of the Arroyo Colorado and is spatially arranged to take advantage of the views toward the water. As such, the arrangement recalls renaissance architecture and the use of the “piano nobile” – with principal private spaces arranged on the ground level and public spaces above offering elevated views of the arroyo. The floor plan is stretched parallel to the arroyo maximizing opportunities to connect the interior spaces with views of the water. The interior spaces feature exposed structural wood lam beams, oak floors, and a stone fireplace. The exterior elevations are a direct response to the building’s site and orientation with windows minimized on the west, deep roof overhangs on the south, large expanses of glass along the water, and casement windows strategically located allowing the south eastern prevailing breeze to cross ventilate the home. This residence on the Arroyo Colorado is more than just a home, it stands as a testament to the owner’s spirit and to the importance of place.