Houses are usually built around their surroundings. But the Cascading Creek House has nature written all over it, as the house itself is an extension of the minerals and rocks of Central Texas. Two long native limestone walls make up the spines for the public and private wing of the house, which also serve an extended living space as well as protection from the creek immediately below the house and potential rainfalls from above. The roof serves the purpose of creating a natural basin for the collection of rainwater by using photovoltaic and solar hot-water panels. The radiant nature of this house is something that will never be amiss, as the house’s interior designer, Alan Cano Interiors, designed the house in such a way that climate conditioning system utilizes water source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling and the pools and water features are connected in a series of geothermal ground loops, thereby establishing a system of heat exchange so as to minimize reliance on electricity and gas. The house fully utilizes its surroundings while also maintaining a proper standard for protection.
Photographs taken by Bercy Chen Studio.