Woodland Residences in Austin, TX by Derrington Building Studio » WDLD_Exterior 1_lowres

Personal privacy was a large consideration in the design. Placement of windows limits direct views into each neighbor’s home. We capitalized on the site’s topography – not only is there horizontal distance between the houses, there is vertical distance. Because of the height, width, and space, privacy feels more conventional despite the close proximity of the buildings.
House 4 in the background was not only built around the tree, but sunken into the site to reduce the perceived scale of this 1800 square foot home. A portion of the house seems to float in space – a dog run intentionally bridges the gap from the garage to the main living space to avoid impact with the tree roots and preserve the life of the oak tree.
, Image Courtesy © Craig Washburn

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