Residential Architect magazine recently recognized ten projects for design excellence. Winning in the "custom / 3,000 square feet or less" category was Mell Lawrence Architects, as they impressed the judges with their design of a Texas guesthouse. "It has heart," said one judge. "It's quirky--that's what I like about it."
In order to relate to the rugged landscape in the area, the team made the corrugated metal siding and storage doors from raw juniper branches. The glass-filled southern facade gave a view of the lake, and solar panels were installed to generate enough energy to power the 1,400 square foot cottage. The house is self-sufficient, just as Mell intended. "The clients wanted it to not relate to the main house," he says. "They wanted it to feel like another world."
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