Cuppett Kilpatrick Architecture + Interior Design
Photos by Whit Preston

House at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their son
Location: Hills west of downtown Austin
Size: 3,500 square feet (325 square meters); four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms
Designers: Cuppett Kilpatrick Architecture + Interior Design (architecture and interior design)
Builder: Arrowhead Construction

The multistory home is tucked into trees that include cedar, elm and live oak. One of the challenges in building at the site was to preserve the forested landscape, architect Tim Cuppett says. The goal: “Lose no trees. The house is woven into the site,” he says. All but one of the trees were preserved.

The home’s entry is up the stairs that lead to a glass “bridge,” which contains floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room, seen at the right of this photo. A breezeway can be seen to the right of the stairs at ground level. “The open breezeway allows cool air from the valley to pass up and through the porch,” Cuppett says. The builders constructed the home with wood siding that will weather naturally, along with blond Texas brick, a palette that will allow the house to quietly recede into the woodlands as it ages, Cuppett says.

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