Sneak Peak: 2011 Idea House


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There are many homes being built today in the South that continue long time traditions of a particular city or Region; and then, there are those homes being built that give little reflection of who we are, or who we wish to be. In our desire to avoid the dreariness of the many homes manufactured by the thousands that scream “for everyone, for right now, for anywhere,” we long for that which is timeless, warm, and personal.  For generations we have looked to our endless romance with Europe, integrating the richness of European architecture into our local building language. These homes, whether inspired by Italy, France, or England, are rendered familiar by our local craft and material, and then wrapped in gardens painted by our own landscapes.

This year’s Southern Living Idea House looks to our fascination with Europe for its inspiration. Situated on the shore of a Texas lake, the home rambles around outdoor garden rooms, as though evolving over generations of time. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow from one to the next allowing for open modern living, while allowing for contrast in scale, intimacy, and personality. Materials of soft warm Texas sandstone and weathered wood are indicative of the materials historically found throughout the South in the hills of Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama, while at once naturally at home in Texas. Outdoor spaces expand the plan into outdoor living among gardens arbors and fountains, accommodating the variety of a Southern lifestyle.

Project Team

Development: Escondido
Developer: Escondido Partnership, LLC
Builder: Casa Highland Construction

Architect: Michael G. Imber Architects
Interior Design: Mohon-Imber Interiors
Landscape Design: Garden Design Studio

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