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Lone Star Inspiration

This home on a sprawling ranch in Texas maximizes space and focuses on views.

Written by Donna Peak


Located on a 400-acre game ranch in the heart of Texas, this sprawling ranch-style home may be massive, but it has a variety of design lessons to lend to smaller-scale homes, including crafting a layout that that’s focused on family gatherings and entertaining. 


The Low Down

“Texas Hill Country has amazing views, so I wanted to create a space where the owners could enjoy the scenery through panoramic windows — effectively surrounding themselves with nature,” says designer Oscar Flores. The footprint of the house is placed in such a way that you can see for miles in every direction.

To make the home feel like a natural continuation of its setting, dry-stacked stone and 150-year-old, reclaimed-wood siding clad the exterior alongside a combination of decorative and structural Douglas fir timbers and trusses, provided by Timberlyne. “Using wood, stone and other natural materials in the design blends the outside to the inside,” Oscar shares. The aged patina they lend enable the brand-new home to have historical appeal.


The Inside Scoop

The exterior of this abode was just as thoughtfully planned as the interior. Two driveways — one long, one circular — meet at the home’s porte cochere, which serves as a covered bridge to the porches and entryway, in addition to connecting the house to the detached garage. 

A dual-sided fireplace (strategically positioned between the living room and game room) is an economical way to bring a hearth to two spaces without the added expense.

A gentle elbow in the otherwise linear layout creates separation and privacy for the primary suite. 


Home Details

Square Footage: 11,380

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 Half

Timber Provider: Timberlyne 

Builder: Todd Glowka Builder

Designer: Oscar E. Flores Design Studio  


1. The streamlined kitchen is anchored to the open-concept layout by the oversized island and is fortified by the walk-in pantry and adjoining mudroom.

2. The variety of open and covered outdoor spaces is as integral to the home as its interior’s design. They include several porches, an expansive kitchen and a private patio off the primary suite.

3. While this house is essentially a single-level design, it does offer a small upper-story flex space and bunkroom that’s a teenager’s dream hangout.


See also: Design Tips for Ranch-Style Homes

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