Field Notes


  • A shed for John Hart Asher and Bonnie Evridge’s East Austin compound. To maximize their garden space, we hung the shed off the edge of the hill. The shed is made from mostly reclaimed materials (oil pipe, old corrugated) and those big steel sliding panels (no idea what those were for!).… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 28th, 2014

  • The Morris family commissioned us to design a ‘pavilion’ at their scenic property in Amalia, N.M. The whole DBA team camped on site for two weeks while we crafted this unique structure from locally harvested materials. All the stones in the gabion wall were collected within a 30-foot radius of the structure. Phase II includes a bathroom and bunkhouse…… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014

  • A major part of our sandlot philosophy is helping the client develop their own unique relationship with the site. Robert Gay of Thoughtbarn worked closely with the clients to develop drawings for future construction while making improvements to the site along the way. So far, we’ve designed and built a retaining wall to define the property, cleared and graded the site, brought in water and electricity, built a fence, and hooked up the clients’ Airstream trailer. More recently, we created a shed structure that serves as a mock-up for possible … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014

  • This is William.

    He likes to pick his banjo in his garden while his chickens run around. So, he requested that a screen porch and a chicken coop be integrated into a landscape and garden plan. We were happy to oblige. We are particularly fond of the chicken chute.

    This project was a collaboration with Moontower Design Build.… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014

  • Texas Monthly’s John Spong asked us to help him with a “Sandlot renovation” of his 1920s house after he accompanied the Texas Playboys Baseball Club on a trip to the Rural Studio.

    So we worked on his house together, in phases, allowing the design process to be guided by what we discovered in the Process. When we removed the damaged drywall, we uncovered beautiful heart pine siding on the walls and ceiling. That hidden wood became the driver of the rest of the design.

    This is another collaboration with Moontower Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014

  • With the remote location and harsh climate, it can be difficult for a project as experimental as El Cosmico to find its footing. We began the actual development of the hotel by literally etching the full-scale LAKE/FLATO site plan into the West Texas dirt. Jack averaged six extended trips out to Marfa a year, and, over time, elements of the hotel have become more permanent, radiating from this first dirt sketch.

    The creation of El Cosmico continued to evolve with the help of numerous local contractors, builders and friends, like … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014


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