Idea House Touts Multiple, Memorable Outdoor Living Spaces
The Southern Living Idea House in Horseshoe Bay’s Escondido, a private Golf & Lake community in the Texas Hill Country, rambles around a series of terraces and courtyards, making the most of indoor and outdoor living.
“Our 2011 Idea House features more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor living space with rear terraces and porches, maximizing the home’s waterfront location,” said Kristen Payne, Executive Director Southern Living Marketing. “Visitors to the house will discover a detached guest casita and cabana, a boathouse, deck and beach area, pool, spa, a shuttered loggia with farm-style shutters and a beautiful outdoor kitchen and dining courtyard — complete with a wood-burning fireplace,” she added.
“Every major living area downstairs and several rooms upstairs lead to unique outdoor seating areas or other thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces,” said David Mitchell, builder of the Idea House. A trademark feature incorporated in most homes built by Mitchell’s Casa Highland Construction are electric pocket doors that operate with a flip of the wrist. In the 2011 Southern Living Idea House, sliding glass pocket doors disappear completely into the wall to connect the family room to the terrace. “Guests enjoy watching them gracefully disappear from sight; while we enjoy the open feeling this extension of space brings to the relaxed and comfortable indoor and outdoor setting,” Mitchell continued.
The public may tour the Southern Living Idea House through October 2. The house is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Escondido Golf & Lake Club is approximately 50 miles northwest from Austin and 80 miles north of San Antonio. Each year, the Idea House draws thousands of visitors from across the country.
The 2011 Southern Living Idea House is featured in the September issue, on sale now. The article notes 101 inspirational design ideas drawn from the Idea House. The ideas can also be found online.
San Antonio-based Michael G. Imber Architects, designed the home and Austin-based Mohon-Imber Interiors, furnished the inside of the main house and casita. Garden Design Studio with offices in Austin and Dallas, planned the landscape.
Tickets to tour the Southern Living Idea House are $10 and may be purchased on site. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation.
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.
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Casa Highland Construction built the 2011 Southern Living Idea House making it the fourth home built by Casa Highland Construction in the prestigious private Golf & Lake residential community of Escondido. While he was still a practicing pharmacist, David Mitchell began to pursue his true passion — 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 484 acres of gentle rolling hills in a private luxury community with space for 509 residences, including custom and lavishly-furnished homes. Escondido is limited to 560 total memberships. 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 the esteemed 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 Livingoffers today’s busy Southerners achievable ideas for cultivating their own Southern style. Each month in the magazine and online, readers find ideas for cooking, gardening, gracious entertaining, decorating, regional travel and locally made products.
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.