Antonio's House
Location & Year: Brenham, TX - 2011
Size: 2,500 SF Inspired by classic, early Texas pioneer homes, this small (2,500 SQ. FT.) weekend house has a simple wood frame structure and the clear related geometrics of one-room depth. As was the custom, all rooms have views to both front and back. A typical six-bay, two-story porch runs along the full length of the front, wraps around one side and is accessible from every one of the four rooms. The porch is integral and part of the main volume of the house. Another typical feature is the ‘dog-trot’ or ‘dog-run’ opening through the center of the first floor. Here it is slightly off-center and accommodates the stair to the second floor. Positioned to receive the prevailing winds, the ‘dog-trot’ circulates breezes through the house to keep it as cool as possible on a Texas summer day. The upper level of the porch is screened for sleeping.
Materials are commonplace with hardiplank siding in the typical board and batten pattern and a metal roof that harks back to Texas barns. All rooms have wood flooring. A more contemporary feature are the many large windows along the front shaded by the deep porch. As one approaches the property from the road and the house comes into view through the trees on the other side of two small ponds one can imagine how Texas looked about 150 years ago.

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