Cantilevered indoor/outdoor spaces and towering walls of glass give this Rollingwood home a tree house–like appeal.

A path of restored rock ledges leads to a dry creek, amphitheater, and private gathering space.

Lake|Flato Architects associate Brian Comeaux describes the Austin suburb of Rollingwood as a hidden gem. “There’s a lot of activity there now, but it seemed like a secret for a long time,” he says. Within the laid-back enclave is one Austin couple’s double-wide lot on a horseshoe-shaped street. Dense with old oak trees, the property backs up to a creek, providing a leafy sanctuary despite being 10 minutes from bustling downtown.

A path of restored rock ledges leads to a dry creek, amphitheater, and private gathering space.

A path of restored rock ledges leads to a dry creek, amphitheater, and private gathering space.

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Rollingwood Residence cascades over the ledges while keeping existing trees intact.

Rollingwood Residence cascades over the ledges while keeping existing trees intact.

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The homeowners, who were looking for something “small but highly designed,” were intrigued by Lake|Flato’s modern aesthetic and quickly connected with the architect whom they credit with bringing their vision to life. 

In the living room, 18-foot-tall ceilings combine with massive windows.

In the living room, 18-foot-tall ceilings combine with massive windows.

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