2011 Idea House: Outdoor Living

Take a tour of the design ideas and features from the outdoor living spaces of our 2011 Texas Idea House in Horseshoe Bay.


[MUSIC] In the Escondido Idea House, San Antonio architect Michael Imber, combined native materials with the charming architectural influences of Mediterranean villa. For a design that is right at home in it's Texas Lakeside Location. The exterior walls are constructed of locally quarried gold sandstone to reflect the vernacular style, while the Spanish barrel tile roof nods to Mediterranean style. Both embrace a range of earthy hues that remains consistent throughout the house. [MUSIC] The high placement of the exterior windows and the few charming occulous windows further mimic European design standards. Rich blue trim on the windows and exterior doors references both Provance and the big blue Texas sky. The operable farm-style shutters are painted a soft, warm, grey. To look sun-bleached, and give the home a sense of age. With more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor living space, this house is as much about being outside as it is about being in. Every indoor space has direct access to an outdoor patio or courtyard. So combined indoor outdoor living is repeatedly encouraged. In the dining room a pair or French doors opens directly to a courtyard complete with a built in grill and a wood burning fireplace, ideal for year round alfresco dining. Around back, the rear patios and terraces maximize this home's waterfront location. The large outdoor space is broken up into several small furniture groupings, all situated around the elevated central pool, whose shape recalls an old ranch cistern. Outside the family room, a wrought iron pergola lends structure to a seating area. With a charming spot for climbing roses to grow overhead. Sliding pocket doors completely disappear into the wall to further connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. A shuttered [UNKNOWN] complete with a row of metal [UNKNOWN] provides privacy without blocking beautiful lake vistas. Sunny yellow retractable canopies soften the ceiling and offer respite from the harsh Texas sun while white curtains add breezy effortless style. The detached guest casida is raised above garden level. To further its sense of seclusion. Below, durable deck boards line the boathouse while a retractable awning adds stylish covering to the dock. The gracious and comfortable outdoor spaces of this lakeside getaway make it enticing for entertaining and enjoyment.
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