Idea House Nears End
The private Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay’s Escondido welcomes visitors to tour the Southern Living Idea House through October 2. Just a short drive from Austin and San Antonio, Southern Living’s Idea House is in the heart of Central Texas. It is situated along a quiet cove with easy access to Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. The private community of Escondido spans several hundred acres of Texas Hill Country terrain.
Texas professionals were contracted to design, build, furnish, add artistic elements to the aspirational Idea House and do the landscaping.
San Antonio-based architect Michael G. Imber designed the home. David Mitchell, owner of Casa Highland Construction in Horseshoe Bay, was the builder and Marcus Mohon served as the interior designer. Decorative painter Nancy Coleman imbued fir panels with a patina that appears as if paint has peeled off to reveal weathered wood. This feature compliments the recycled barn wood on the ceiling. Coleman also hand painted the ceiling in the entry hall bathroom and added other artistic details throughout the house. Garden Design Studio with offices in Austin and Dallas did the landscape.
The Southern Living Idea House is a mix of whimsical, practical and elegant design features. The design principles used embody the timeless charm, classic architecture and authentic details befitting a historic Mediterranean villa. Native building materials reflect the Texas landscape and harmonize with the rugged, rustic Texas Hill Country locale.
Influences of southern Europe are abundant. Barrel tiles on the roof, imported from Italy, “will be here 200 years from now,” says builder David Mitchell.
Multiple stone arches inside and outside, could have been crafted centuries ago. The sandstone and limestone, all 600 tons of it, tell a Southern story.
“It’s important for this house to have a strong sense of how Texans live and reflect the materials from where we live,” Mitchell adds. The stone was quarried in Texas just 60 miles from the building site and the reclaimed barn wood was sourced from a Texas firm specializing in reclaimed wood.
Tours of the Southern Living Idea House are open to the public through October 2. The house is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Escondido Golf and Lake Club is approximately 50 miles northwest of Austin and 80 miles north of San Antonio.
Tickets to tour the Southern Living Idea House are $10 and may be purchased on site. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation for the construction of medical facilities in the Texas Hill Country.
Sponsors of the project include: Sherwin-Williams, Trex Transcend Decking and Railing, Southern Living Plant Collection, IKEA, Greenleaf Nursery Company, GE Reveal, Lennox, Shaw Floors and Sunbrella.
Media Note: Interviews with principals of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House project may be arranged.
Contact: Ann Thacker, The Thacker Group, 830-596-1949 office; 713-702-5528 cell; or email@example.com.
Michael G. Imber, FAIA is the principal architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas. He has been recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment, yet modern in its execution. He has received numerous design awards including being named the winner of the 2011 and 2010 Palladio Award for outstanding achievement in traditional design. Michael’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as Coastal Living, New Old House, Texas Architect, Western Interiors, Southern Accents and Period Homes.
Mohon-Imber Interiors is a modern interior design firm based in Austin, Texas, was established in 1992 when architect Michael G. Imber and designer Marcus Mohon formed a partnership to create classic interiors for modern living. The partners collaborate to design interiors that complement the architecture and reflect the client’s lifestyle. Versatile in both residential and commercial settings, the firm’s projects range from urban high-rise-apartments to Mediterranean villas and country estates.
Casa Highland Construction built the 2011 Southern Living Idea House making it the fourth home built by the company in the prestigious private Golf and Lake residential community of Escondido. While he was still a practicing pharmacist, David Mitchell began to pursue his true passions, developing businesses and home building. He specializes in custom construction. Today, Mitchell devotes his expertise exclusively to home building. He has built homes in Texas; Telluride, Colorado; and Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Escondido’s private Golf & Lake Club is an exclusive, club membership nestled on several hundred acres of gentle rolling hills in a private luxury community with space for approximately 355 estate home sites, 51 Golf Casitas, 63 Villas and 40 Private Residence units, including custom and lavishly-furnished homes. Escondido is limited to 560 total memberships to ensure the club is vibrant and alive, yet never crowded. The landscape is bisected by Pecan Creek and is peppered with classic live oak and pecan trees. The architecture includes rustic-stone walls, accented with roughhewn wooden beams and hand-wrought iron with a subtle mix of Tuscan and Spanish influences. One of the highlights of Escondido is an esteemed 18-hole championship Tom Fazio-designed golf course.
Southern Living, published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, is the nation’s seventh-largest monthly consumer magazine, reaching 15 million readers each month. Founded in 1966, Southern Living offers today’s busy Southerners achievable ideas for cultivating their own Southern style. Each month in the magazine and on southernliving.com, readers find ideas for cooking, gardening, gracious entertaining, decorating, regional travel and locally made products.
Bill Bauer, of The Garden Design Studio has designed and built gardens in Central Texas for 19 years. The Garden Design Studio is a Design/Build firm with offices in Austin and Dallas. Working mostly in central Texas, The Garden Design Studio has projects underway in Marble Falls, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. The Studio offers full service solutions for the exterior, including hardscape, pools, garden structures and plantings.
Scott & White Healthcare is a nonprofit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, TX. Among the leading health care systems encompassing one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive and the highest quality health care enhanced by medical education and research.