Program: 1,800 s.f. Main home Lot Size: 60 x 150 Location: Fredericksburg, Texas This new home for a creative family of 4 is located on a cottage-lined street in the Historic District in Fredericksburg Texas. The owners looked to create as open and inviting of a home as possible-and were open to changing the typical house arrangement found on the Street in order to allow for as much outside useable space as could be created. The unique planning of the property (by moving the home to the back of the lot and framing the “L” shaped plan) allows for a true courtyard living experience not found in the adjacent area on similar sized lots. The compact Residence is designed in “boat like” efficiency- offering appropriate spaces for bedrooms and living areas-and expanded with the interconnection to the open outdoors from nearly every interior space. The entire home opens up to the private courtyard allowing for a much larger experienced space than normally found in the area. As one drive’s by the home the front gate acts as the true front door of the Family Compound. Orientation to the East was key for the “one room wide” structure to allow for the prevailing breeze to enter the courtyard over the pool and in turn passively cooling the home during the warmer months. The large umbrella like veranda roof at the main Porch allows for constant outside use- even on rainy days. The Owner- photographer, sculptor and experienced Concrete artist- took the hands on approach to building by adding unique detailing to any area of the home.
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 indoorsâ€”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.