DesignerCraig McMahon AIA
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The new Owners of this property were looking to create a unique family weekend and Summer retreat on the Hill Country Lake located just East of San Antonio. Although a constant level lake, seasonal upriver flood events would dramatically affect the area and new homes were required to be raised 11’ above the shore line for habitable spaces-creating a new architecture for the area. The Owners came with a keen sense of what they wanted to achieve on the site- a "glass lantern" to fully embrace the outdoors. “Bedrooms are secondary, we want the experience of living outdoors to be the main focus of this home”. To keep the footprint compact, a two story living portion- with first floor being focused on the Living Spaces, Master/Guest bedrooms included a Second floor with two additional Bedrooms/baths complete with a loft/bridge for children to engage on their own.

About Designer

After twenty years working for large firms across the Country designing large scale commercial projects, I found myself leaning toward the artistry and hands-on experience of owning a South Texas firm focused on the creative aspect of design and construction. I enjoy the process of creating and crafting an environment where my clients grow, learn, live and work. My team closely collaborates on each project and this spirit of collaboration extends to our clients, local artisans, craftspeople, subcontractors and others working on the Project- whatever the Scale or Type. We bring everyone together early in the design process and value all input. Where possible, the landscape becomes our primary collaborator. We visit sites frequently during design to get a feel for the best building location. All of our Projects allow clients to enjoy year-round outdoor living and working environments. We generate private courtyards by framing spaces with building elements allowing for as important of an outdoor space as indoor. Our Commercial endeavors engage the same process always searching for a unique and creative response to the need. Bringing exterior materials indoors—stone, wood and steel-and filling rooms with daylight are just two ways we do this in each project. We also value the art of traditional building methods by mixing them with innovative techniques, applications and technology. The mission at Craig McMahon Architects is to think holistically about the project from the beginning of design through to the last detail. We improve our clients' quality of life by delivering artfully crafted projects and unique living and working environments. We are passionate about our work and enjoy developing ideas into exciting realities.