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See How That Amazing Lake / Flato House Called Hog Pen Creek Retreat Came to Be

Contemporary Lake Austin stunner proved challenging to design

By now, Austin design-watchers are no doubt familiar with a Lake Austin home called "Hog Pen Creek Retreat"—even if they didn’t know that’s its name. Designed by much-lauded, much-loved San Antonio-Austin architectural firm Lake/Flato, the home has been covered by many a prestigious shelter magazine and has won almost as many awards, including one from the American Institute of Architects.

Designed for Karen and Grant Richards, Bay Area transplants who are both active athletes, the couple’s dream home is located between a creek and the shores of Lake Austin on five acres of land. Due to environmental restrictions, a flood plain, and other setbacks shrank, however, the land they could build on was a quarter of an acre.

Hog Pen Creek Residence

A video from Houzz TV reveals how the Richards worked with Lake/Flato’s Brian Comeaux and his team to use limitations to their best advantage, building a gorgeous, contemporary home that takes full advantage of its natural surroundings.

Hog Pen Creek Residence

In addition to telling the home’s construction story, the video gives viewers a beautifully rendered tour of the one-of-a-kind home in the woods of Austin.

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