Countryside Escapes: Modern Texas Ranch House

Located in Elgin, Texas, this modern ranch house from Matt Fajkus features wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling windows and a streamlined interior with vivid accents. The windows not only fill the home with natural light, but also showcase the surrounding meadows. 

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August 24, 2016

Photo By: Bryant Hill

Photo By: Bryant Hill

Photo By: Bryant Hill

Photo By: Bryant Hill

Photo By: Bryant Hill

Photo By: Matt Fajkus

Different Exterior Materials Denote Different Sectors of Horizon House

The composition of the house employs a simple relationship between public and private zones by directly splitting the two. The fracture, also known as the ‘link,’ is a distinct space from both the long, private bar and the open, shared public area. This separation is then reinforced by the choice of exterior cladding, with corrugated metal in the private zone and cypress siding in the public. Spatially, the link is also used for circulation of people, water, air, and electricity between the two sides of the home. In Horizon House, movement and passage are celebrated and rewarded with shifts in view and experience. Here, it is not simply the rooms, or destination, that carries the focus, but rather the circulation, or journey, itself.

Horizon House Appears to Glow at Night

When the natural light of day is gone, this beautiful Cypress home becomes the light in the darkness. Just as the large windows allow in plenty of natural light to enter the space during the day, the same windows make the home seem to glow at night.

Porch Outside Public Portion of Horizon House Provides Relaxation Spot

This comfortable patio sits just outside the public portion of the house, and provides the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and a glass of wine.

Neutral Color Palette with Pops of Color Highlight Artifacts and Reflect Natural Light

To highlight the bold and unique artifacts collected by the homeowner during his extensive travels, designers clothed this living space in a neutral white color palette. This color also helps to reflect the natural light let into the space by myriad windows, making the space feel large and bright. Bold reds and oranges are added to give the space pops of color, while complementing the colors of the land surrounding Horizon House.

Large Windows Maximize Natural Light in Horizon House

The indoor spaces of this home are designed to optimize the daylight from the outdoors. Large windows all around the space, as well as windows in the upper wall, bring in plenty of natural light and minimize the need to ever use artificial light during the day.

Eastern View of Horizon House

Situated on a generous lot in Elgin, Texas, Horizon House draws all movement and views toward its eastern horizon. Beyond the extents of the foundation lies a verdant, rolling landscape, featuring a pond in the distance. Wildlife, both animal and vegetable, consume the site, and Horizon House is the lens through which the elements of this environment become clear.

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