Here is a quick proposal for a small, single story vernacular house in Waco, Texas. This part of the Lone Star State definitely falls in the Anglo tradition, so we looked to precedents like the Sam Rayburn House, and Fort McKavett, rather than the Spanish Governor’s Palace, for details, massing, and general character. The scale is modest, and thanks in large measure to the baluster columns the facade has a relaxed air. Yet through symmetry we maintain a certain sense of decorum.
Budget was an important concern, so we made every square foot count. To that end, a furniture plan is absolutely necessary. It also tells you exactly how the house is going to be used. While the geometric play of a good plan can look pretty, you have to design the furniture in to know that it works. A family’s daily rituals have to fit in a house like a hand in a glove.