Low-lying residence by Dick Clark stretches across a Texas prairie

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Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

Low-lying residence by Dick Clark stretches across a Texas prairie

This rural home designed by Austin-based Dick Clark + Associates features walls made of concrete and glass, and deep roof overhangs that mitigate exposure to harsh sunlight.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

The Brownwood Residence sits on a property blanketed with prairie grass and dotted with mature oak trees. It is located in Brownwood, a town in central Texas.

The clients wanted a distinctive, contemporary-style home that embraced its natural setting and provided opportunities for indoor-outdoor living.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

Dick Clark + Associates was commissioned for the project due to its experience "creating site-specific designs that maximise every aspect of the individual property, from existing horticulture to views and weather patterns".

Its previous projects include an Austin home consisting of gabled-roof volumes faced with stucco and cut limestone.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

The firm conceived a low-slung, rectilinear residence that stretches across the site. Concrete, glass and metal beams were used for the facades, with wooden accents helping soften the building's appearance.

A flat roof extends far beyond the exterior walls and protects the dwelling from the harsh Texas sun. Soffits are sheathed with warm-coloured wood.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

A wide concrete staircase leads to a patio and the front entrance. In the rear, the team placed a shaded terrace and a slender swimming pool.

Glazed walls with sliding doors enable indoor-outdoor living while also bringing ample natural light into the three-bedroom residence.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

Inside, the team created a free-flowing layout. One of the dominant features is a large concrete fireplace that sits between the living and dining areas.

"Thanks to its open design, it can be enjoyed by people in both rooms simultaneously and creates a more intimate dining room experience," the studio said.

Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence

The kitchen has wooden walls that do not reach the ceiling, which adds to the home's open and airy atmosphere.

Modern, white cabinetry provides a "clean, uncluttered look while keeping everything accessible". Interior finishes include stained white oak flooring and dark stone tiles in the master bathroom.

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Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence
Dick Clark + Associates build Brownwood Residence