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Marble Falls Residence


Built for a couple to age gracefully in place, the Marble Falls Residence is a single-level Texas Hill Country house in Horseshoe Bay. The home brings a modern approach to vernacular architecture and materials, using site orientation and interior spatial choreography to nestle the flexible, stair-less house into its gently sloping landscape. The architecture incorporates shallow metal roofs, regional materials, sensitive scale, subtle massing, and water-wise landscaping.

CBP Architects designed the house to open to scenic northern views, fracturing and shifting the plan to retain significant native trees, in the process creating lush patios and limestone terraces. Floor-to-ceiling glazing opens the house to the arid landscape while opaque stone walls with minimal openings protect interiors from the harsh Texas sun. Circulation begins at the south entry through a stone wall and immediately reveals views via north-facing glass. The plan unfolds from the central living core to primary bedroom and guest suites on opposite sides. A massive fire hearth anchors the living and dining rooms. Chaste-stained concrete floors and blackened steel focal elements contrast with islands of mesquite flooring, alder casework, and fir ceilings. Selective areas of exposed limestone walls with timber and steel components further contrast with the uncomplicated framework. A sequence of connecting galleries highlights the owners’ art collection, integrating the simple ranch-like architecture with the rich accumulation of their heritage.

  • Project Category

    Private Residence

  • Location

    Marble Falls, TX

  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    5,500 sf

  • Program

    Single-Family Residence, Aging in Place