Situated on a generous lot in Elgin, Texas, Horizon House draws all movement and views toward its eastern horizon. Beyond the extents of the foundation lies a verdant, rolling landscape, featuring a pond in the distance. Wildlife, both animal and vegetable, consume the site, and Horizon House is the lens through which the elements of this environment become clear.
When the natural light of day is gone, this beautiful Cypress home becomes the light in the darkness. Just as the large windows allow in plenty of natural light to enter the space during the day, the same windows make the home seem to glow at night.
The indoor spaces of this home are designed to optimize the daylight from the outdoors. Large windows all around the space, as well as windows in the upper wall, bring in plenty of natural light and minimize the need to ever use artificial light during the day.
The composition of the house employs a simple relationship between public and private zones by directly splitting the two. The fracture, also known as the ‘link,’ is a distinct space from both the long, private bar and the open, shared public area. This separation is then reinforced by the choice of exterior cladding, with corrugated metal in the private zone and cypress siding in the public. Spatially, the link is also used for circulation of people, water, air, and electricity between the two sides of the home. In Horizon House, movement and passage are celebrated and rewarded with shifts in view and experience. Here, it is not simply the rooms, or destination, that carries the focus, but rather the circulation, or journey, itself.
To highlight the bold and unique artifacts collected by the homeowner during his extensive travels, designers clothed this living space in a neutral white color palette. This color also helps to reflect the natural light let into the space by myriad windows, making the space feel large and bright. Bold reds and oranges are added to give the space pops of color, while complementing the colors of the land surrounding Horizon House.
Light the candles and cuddle up on the slipcovered linen sofas and watch the sun set over the horizon from this gorgeous beach house living room. The expansive great room also features hardwood floors and seashore-themed accessories throughout.
The family's favorite thing about their house is their view of the Puget Sound. And can you blame them? The house sits just at the edge of this wide expanse of undisturbed natural beauty. So, to take advantage of the ocean view, they had a patio designed that would focus all their attention to the sound. This patio is covered to provide plenty of shade on sunny days, while the roof of the patio extends beyond the roofline to draw the eye to the horizon.
As the sun dips towards the horizon, this waterfront home casts a gentle evening glow of its own. Blue lights illuminate the bridge and ensure that guests can safely find their way back to the main house.