Field Notes

  • DEADMAN’S HOLE

  • Family camp with access to a natural wonder. These 5 beautiful acres with panoramic Hill Country views demanded structures that were light-on-the-ground and made of a vernacular palette of robust materials. Stands of native trees near the edges of the property provide natural shade and help ground the scheme in a practical approach to space-making while leaving a central zone for wildflowers and meandering paths. An iconic pavilion at the bluff would honor the view and the landscape while providing facilities for extended family get-togethers.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: March 29th, 2018
  • THE FAIRWEATHER

  • The clients, an Austin-based creative couple with a recently-completed, Enabler-remodeled Spartan trailer, approached us with the idea of designing and building a dramatic trailer shed that did their Spartan aesthetic justice as well as protecting it from the elements. This piece would be the first step towards realizing the long-term vision of developing family land near Burton, TX into a weekend getaway cozy enough for their small family but flexible enough for bigger gatherings in the countryside. They were struck by the spirit of The Long Time as well as … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: March 29th, 2018
  • LONE TREE

  • Work in progress in Wharton County, TX.
    Wedding barn/event facility.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: April 4th, 2016
  • WHIPPOORWILL

  • Our client bought this house (or spaceship) in the midst of a serious remodel.  We are working closely with new owner and builder to continue the remodel (with some adjustments), and add additional square footage to accommodate additional programming (including kids, dogs, a metal shop, pool, and a serious slide).

     … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: January 11th, 2016
  • THE LONG TIME / “CAMP”

  • We moved our design and fabrication studio out here in 2012. The hope was that in addition to creating a good place to work, we could begin to host workshops and camps (and host grandparents too!). After ripping out all of the ugly tile, we immediately added a large front and back porch, a fire pit and a batting cage. We have since created a nice habitat for wild flowers and free range chickens / kids.

    In 2016, the DBA team began transitioning Camp HQ into “The Long Time” event … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015
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  • LEISURE LODGE

  • Leisure Lodge, born in 1948, made from native petrified wood, stone, quartz (?), and leisure. This adventure began it’s construction in July 2015.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015
  • WELCH AIRSTREAM

  • Second Home / Retreat for Singer / Songwriter and her family. See Guitar Inlay Detail.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015
  • SMOKEY DENMARK

  • We are so thrilled to be working with Smokey Denmark Smoked Meats Co. on the design and planning for their new world headquarters (meat market, restaurant, processing). This project is in the early stages and most of our work at this moment seems to be focused on meat, and meat market research. If you have not yet, you should check out their meat market and food truck on East 5th in Austin, Texas.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015
  • MAX EL RANCHO

  • Client is interested in designing and building / renovating several small bunkhouses that are scattered across this scenic and sprawling ranch in Round Mountain, Texas. We are starting with a “cottage” for his mother.

    Design is underway, stay tuned.
    Early design includes relocating (“Lincoln Log” style) the old cedar barn and making it into the outdoor dining room (and screened porch!) and an outdoor shower under the old windmill.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015


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