Sanders Architecture combines rustic and contemporary for a Texas home ` Texas

Operable glass walls flank the living quarters of this sprawling Texas ranch designed by Sanders Architecture to appear “as if it had stepped off the land.”

Rockin’ 8 Ranch is located in Brown County in central Texas. It consists of three buildings – a garage, a guest house and the main residence – which sit on a rocky outcrop overlooking the surrounding property.

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Sanders Architecture designed the home in central Texas

“To capture the breathtaking views of the Jim Ned Valley from every room, the main lodge structure and smaller guest house are perched on the side of a rocky hill,” said Sanders Architecture of Texas.

“It would have been easier to design and build a house for a flat lot within the ranch, but [founder] Christopher Sanders wanted the house to blend into the landscape,” according to the studio.

Rockin 8 Ranch by Sanders Architecture
Three buildings sit on a ledge

“It had to look like it was rising out of the land,” he added.

In addition to a 250 square meter building where the owners live, there is a two bedroom guest house, a garage connected to the house by a covered driveway and a swimming pool.

Rockin 8 Ranch by Sanders Architecture
The house has a guest house and a swimming pool

Visitors enter the home into a central hall that leads to the various common spaces, including the living room, kitchen, bar, and formal dining room.

The walls of the central area are made of stacked sandstone, giving the area an outdoor feel.

Visible steel beams in the living room
The living room features timber ceilings supported by exposed steel trusses

The owner’s suite is in a separate volume, slightly offset from the common areas. Sanders Architecture incorporated two separate closets in this area, as well as a bathroom that overlooks the surrounding trees near the home.

Separated from the kitchen and bar area, the living room features glass walls on three sides and high wooden ceilings supported by exposed steel beams.

View of the bathroom
One bathroom offers views of the surrounding trees

“In the living room, exposed trusses mark the soaring ceiling, and an awning-style glass wall opens with a simple mechanical gear,” the studio said.

“By opening the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, one can enjoy natural air circulation and views of the valley below from three sides of the living room.”

Kitchen by Sanders Architecture
The interiors are furnished with weathered materials

Front of the living room is a large deck sheltered from the Texas sun by an overhanging canopy resting on slender steel columns.

Interiors feature a colorful palette of weathered materials that complement the property’s 142-acre grounds. Many of the furnishings reference the ranch’s history, such as leather accents, woven textiles, and reclaimed fixtures.

Rustic materials contrast with the more modern finishes.

“The use of ashlar masonry with rubble joints juxtaposed with bespoke metal panels results in a facade that is equal parts warm and modern,” said Sanders Architecture.

Sanders Architecture bedroom
Many of the furnishings are reminiscent of the ranch’s history

The guest house is based on the main building. It has two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and is separated from the owner’s house by the pool, giving visitors more privacy.

Other homes in Texas include an Austin residence with “weird and funky” interiors and another ranch in Marfa with rammed earth walls built around a central courtyard.

Images are courtesy of Sanders Architecture.

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