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Discover Backwards Sky Ranch, a Minimalist Residence designed by Clayton Korte

A minimalist, materially rich house that straddles the boundary between an open meadow and a river

Backwards Sky Ranch designed by Clayton Korte
Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte

Clayton Korte have recently completed their latest residential project in the Hill Country of central Texas – Backwards Sky Ranch. The living spaces are placed above and run parallel to the river, providing the owners with unobstructed access and views of the river valley. A strong stone spine protects these living spaces from the hot summer heat to the south and west, taking advantage of large roof overhangs and adjustable shade screens. Discover more after the jump.

Backwards Sky Ranch designed by Clayton Korte
Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte

From the architects: In the Hill Country of central Texas, the Backwards Sky Ranch House straddles the boundary between an open meadow to the south and the sharply carved bank of the Dry Frio River to the north. The living spaces are perched above and run parallel to the river, offering the owners uninterrupted access and views to the river valley. To the south and west, a massive stone spine shelters these living spaces from the harsh summer sun, taking advantage of large roof overhangs and operable shade screens. Here, exterior space (3,284 square feet) rivals interior space (4,427 square feet).

Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte
Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte
Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte
Backwards Sky Ranch designed by Clayton Korte
Image Courtesy of © Clayton Korte

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Limestone walls reflect the natural stone outcroppings found on the 46-acre property and the tongue-and-groove cedar siding is meant to naturally patina with age, providing both a natural honesty to the structure and reduced maintenance. A central dog run porch serves as the main entry and a bridge between the living spaces and master suite. Extending towards the river from this dog run is a long elevated “pier” that not only projects the owners and guests out into the open valley of the river, but also provides a privileged perspective for stargazing. In this house, the incredible landscape is never far away.

Clayton Korte project team – claytonkorte.com
Brian Korte FAIA, Principal
Camden Greenlee AIA, Architect/Design Lead
Javier Castro AIA, Architect
Josh Nieves, Project Manager
Brandon Tharp, Design Team

Consultant team
Architect: Clayton Korte
Builder: Monday Builders
Structural Engineer: Scott Williamson, P.E.
Landscape Design: Studio Outside
Envelope Consultant: Acton Partners
Geotechnical Engineer: InTEC of San Antonio

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