MILAGRO SPRINGS RETREAT
Texas Hill Country
Situated on a sweeping meadow, this residence is defined by a series of jagged roof peaks inspired by the rise and fall of the surrounding hills. Referred to it as “The Sanctuary” by its owners, an active couple of ordained ministers, this modern take on the farmhouse vernacular is centered on spiritual renewal.
In plan, a collection of volumes is arranged along a central spine. Windows provide abundant natural light and frame views of the surrounding landscape while mesquite floors are a nod to the home’s rural setting. Outside, stark white corrugated aluminum siding is broken at various intervals by warm cedar siding that defines a series of rooms outside the house.
The design is both spiritually and environmentally sensitive, earning a 4-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building. An 8-kW solar array covers a significant portion of energy usage, while a 30,000-gallon rainwater collection system meets all annual water needs.