[ Austin, Texas ]
Due to the steeply sloping site, the elevated living spaces of the existing house possessed little connection with the pool and backyard below. The clients requested a new pool and pool house with a closer relationship to both the site and each other that would serve as a focal point for outdoor and indoor activities.
The upper floor integrates functions serving the pool and outdoor uses. The pool bath provides a place to shower and change that is easily accessible from the new pool and terrace. Directly facing the pool, the bar and barbecue island define an outdoor space perfect for cocktail parties or family cookouts.
Inside the Pool House, the main living spaces are oriented toward the rolling, green hills of the canyon rather than the pool. Large floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and dining rooms enhance the effect of projecting out into the canyon, while the trellis above blocks harsh midday sunlight. The lower floor guest bedroom, with windows opening just above the trees, offers a more secluded, close-up view of canyon wildlife.
The choice and handling of materials both harmonize with and provide a counterpoint to the existing residence. The exterior materials of the Pool House—copper roofing, fir trellis and siding, and limestone walls—blend with the existing house without copying its traditional forms. Inside, the heavy timber beams and exposed fir decking of the ceiling project past clerestory windows to form the deep overhangs of the exterior. Similarly, the radial beams of the living room project out to support the curving trellis. Walls of fir siding, limestone, and plaster provide warmth and elicit a laid-back tone within the main living spaces.