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Prefabricated modules make up the Miller Ranch Porch House in Texas Hill Country.

miller ranch porch house, vanderpool, texas

miller ranch porch house, vanderpool, texas

  • Prefabricated modules make up the Miller Ranch Porch House in Texas Hill Country.

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    Prefabricated modules make up the Miller Ranch Porch House in Texas Hill Country.

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    Prefabricated modules make up the Miller Ranch Porch House in Texas Hill Country.

  • Lake|Flato Architects used site-built outdoor rooms to connect the modules, creating the type of indoor-outdoor relationship for which the firm's work is known.

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    Lake|Flato Architects used site-built outdoor rooms to connect the modules, creating the type of indoor-outdoor relationship for which the firm's work is known.

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    Lake|Flato Architects used site-built outdoor rooms to connect the modules, creating the type of indoor-outdoor relationship for which the firm's work is known.

  • Corrugated metal siding clads the project's exposed portions.

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    Corrugated metal siding clads the project's exposed portions.

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    Corrugated metal siding clads the project's exposed portions.

  • The home's simple forms are designed to be easily replicated and customized.

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    The home's simple forms are designed to be easily replicated and customized.

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    The home's simple forms are designed to be easily replicated and customized.

  • Lake|Flato used red cedar for the sheltered portions of the exterior walls.

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    Lake|Flato used red cedar for the sheltered portions of the exterior walls.

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    Lake|Flato used red cedar for the sheltered portions of the exterior walls.

  • Interior finishes can be customized to the client's taste and budget.

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    Interior finishes can be customized to the client's taste and budget.

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    Interior finishes can be customized to the client's taste and budget.

  • The project's site plan shows the arrangement of both the modules and the site-built elements.

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    The project's site plan shows the arrangement of both the modules and the site-built elements.

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    The project's site plan shows the arrangement of both the modules and the site-built elements.

  • The floor plan for each module.

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    The floor plan for each module.

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    The floor plan for each module.

miller ranch porch house, vanderpool, texas
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Lake|Flato Architects has spent years researching prefabricated houses, and this Texas Hill Country residence represents its first attempt at building one. “I love the simple plan and the repeatable parts used in a custom way,” said a judge.

The home’s three separate modules were built in a factory in College Station, Texas, and trucked to the property. Site-built elements such as porches, a dog run, and a carport form the connective tissue between the modules, which are oriented to frame views and gather breezes.

Durable corrugated metal siding covers the home’s exposed portions, while red cedar clads the protected exterior walls. The idea is that each Porch House will adapt to its own specific landscape and climate. “This particular project responds to the Texas environment,” says associate Bill Aylor, AIA, who leads Lake|Flato’s prefab division along with Ted Flato, FAIA. “The same form and arrangement could work in another environment; the orientation, materials, and detailing would all change.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Ted Flato, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects; project architect: Bill Aylor, AIA, Lake|Flato Architects; general contractor: Glen and Henry Duecker, Duecker Construction, Stonewall, Texas; landscape architect: Christine Ten Eyck, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Austin, Texas; project size: 1,500 square feet; construction cost: $200 per square foot; photography: Frank Ooms.


product details

bathroom/kitchen cabinets: Aristrokraft, www.aristokraft.com; bathroom fittings/fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; countertops: Silestone, www.silestoneusa.com; doors/windows: Marvin Windows and Doors, www.marvin.com; flooring (ceramic tile): Daltile, www.daltile.com; flooring (wood): Plyboo, www.plyboo.com; hvac equipment: Mitsubishi Electric, www.mehvac.com; weather resistive barrier: Grace Construction Products, www.na.graceconstruction.com