Prairie Style Home in Central Texas Starts to Take Shape

by EVstudio AEP on November 6, 2010

EVstudio recently designed a home overlooking Lake Stillhouse in Central Texas that was greatly influenced by the Prairie Style, made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Prairie Style architecture is identified mostly by it’s strong horizontal lines, exaggerated roof overhangs, and shallow sloped roof lines.  Our client for this project asked us to design this house with Prairie Style influences, and after our analysis of the site, we agreed with our client that Prairie Style design was appropriate for their program and their site.

the "Prairie Style" influences are starting to reveal themselves an example of strong horizontal lines, shallow roof pitches, and large overhangs at the rear of the home

an example of strong horizontal lines, shallow roof pitches, and large overhangs at the rear of the home

The Prairie Style design of this home also lends itself to many sustainable design concepts that have been incorporated into the design of the home.  For example, the large roof overhangs provide shading over the windows which helps to reduce interior glare and heat gain.  Recycled material like OSB and glue-laminated beams have been used thoroughout the framing process of this home along with advanced framing techniques that are recommended to reduce the use of framing material and allow for better insulation.  The orientation of this home on the site not only takes maximum advantage of the views, but also minimizes direct exposure of any windows to the southern Texas sun.  Spray applied expanding foam insulation will be used throughout this home and the HVAC system has been designed by a mechanical engineer to maximize energy efficiency.

We will continue to post pictures of this home as construction progresses.

view of Lake Stillhouse from the Patio

an example of interior volume and views from the Formal Living Area view from the Kitchen across the Great Room

view from the Kitchen looking across the Great Room

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