When you’ve got sunny weather, two large heritage oak trees and a dry creek on your land, designing your home to enjoy these treats is a no-brainer. Well, at least in our book. The LeanToo Cottage in Austin, Texas is a perfect example of someone who agrees with us.
Built for a family who collects paintings and sculpture, have music play throughout the home, and like to hold large gatherings (that’s how you do it, people!), the construction is adjacent to an existing cottage. It’s laid out on one single level, with generous exterior terraces accessible from both the front and rear yards. Huge glass sliding panels/doors and a discreet porch ensure the inhabitants stay in touch with the beautiful nature – even when the party moves inside.