The Salado Stonehenge House is the antithesis of current residential design. Often this savoir-faire is being lost to the commercialization of construction, which is typically accompanied with a lowering of construction standards.
This project seeks to attain longevity in both the timelessness of the design but also the durability of the construction by utilizing large limestone blocks. Early German settlers who brought their mastery of masonry to central Texas inspired this type of construction. The design was then modernized to meet 21st century Usonian houses.
The limestone blocks, quarried in the vicinity of the site, create the spine of the volume. The plan is then organized in an L-shape fashion with the hearth of the house at the intersection of the two wings. The massive walls contrast with the thinness of the roof, which extends towards the view to create shade and convey a certain lightness of the design.
Another main premise of the house was using local craftsmen for a multitude of trades such as masons, glassmakers, and carpenters. Currently under construction, the Salado Stonehenge House is expected to be complete later this summer.