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2020 Award Winners

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Interior Architecture & Design

Specialty Room/Project, Custom

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Frederick Creek Ranch

Best in Region—South Central
Platinum

Boerne, Texas

Architect/Designer | Craig McMahon Architects Inc.

Builder | Hallmark Custom Homes

Photographer | Craig McMahon Architects Inc.

Located on a 700-acre ranch, this new modern “barndominium” was planned to be the barn for necessary ranch equipment, storing the family motor home while the design for a main family residence was in planning. As the property offered dramatic views to the Texas Hill Country, initial designs of a barn were expanded to include living quarters so the owners could enjoy the property.

The site was selected at the top of a bluff, allowing easy transition from the main roads, but pushed up to the edge to allow for views into the deep canyons to the south, dropping 100 feet down to a river basin. Since the barn and motor home drove the initial program for building height and size, a metal building design was selected. The added guest lodge engaged a similar height and scale with exposed steel detailing, allowing for a poetic beauty to the exposed structure, protecting living areas from the sun. The barndominium added 3000 sf of two-story living spaces, with four bedrooms and three baths — complete with a connecting bridge — all engaging an outdoor living experience.

From the Judges
This is a very well done “shouse”: shop+house. Detailed well. “It's everything you'd want architecturally from that region.” Well articulated.

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