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  • Wide open spaces. The homes featured in this issue rest in areas of our beautiful Hill Country and allow the land to take center stage. There was respect for the land, with each structure maintaining a minimum presence on each site. Rolling hills, fields of tall grasses and groves of trees were factored into each design, creating a balance between nature and shelter. Its impossible to live in these homes and not be constantly aware of your environment.

    Jim Gewinner had a very specific goal in mind there must be expansive exterior views from every room in the house. He and his wife searched for almost a year to find the perfect property with the right orientation to build on. The elevated house which sits on the rolling landscape seems to float, and the minimalist dcor is punctuated with quality materials, numerous green elements and high-end finishes.

    Craig McMahon took a different approach. His clients property was covered in large oaks, none of which were to be sacrificed for a home. He designed four separate zones in order to create a 6,700-square-foot home around the trees. Each building is linked with glass hallways and organized in such a way that guest areas can be closed off when not in use.

    John Grable describes his project as common materials assembled in uncommon ways. The concrete floors and plywood walls may provide low maintenance living, but they prove that beautiful and thoughtful design can occur in the simplest of forms. Walls of glass allow the homeowners to feel like they are outside even when in, and overhangs are functional while providing interesting architectural details.

    Tobin Smiths inspiration for a home on a family ranch came not only from the landscape, but from the ruins of a nearby 1886 structure. Using rust-colored sandstone and architectural elements reminiscent of the ruin and area Mission designs, the north exterior is almost fort-like in appearance. Inside, the finishes and furnishings are modern and luxurious. However, this house was designed to be an open-air experience.

    I hope this inspires you to take it outside!

    Trisha Doucette

    On The Cover:

    The most perfect plot of land was chosen specifically for this almost all-glass house, where Hill Country panoramas are visible from every room and instantly connect you to the surrounding landscape. Page 20.

    FROM THE EDITOR EDITORS ESSENTIALS

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    the restaurant design to the branding, but the oyster taquitos have won me over. Crispy fried oysters are dotted with a carrot habanero sauce, then cooled with an avocado crema and crunchy slaw. And during the right season, you can view the bats taking off from the South Congress Bridge! Chavez-austin.com

    2. RIVER WHEY CREAMERYI was lucky enough to stumble across these gals at

    Pearl Farmers Market. They produce four artisanal cheeses: The Welshman is a tangy raw cows milk cheese made with sea salt that was harvested and processed in Wales. It was originally made by the wives of Welsh miners. Keystone is a twist on Italian farmhouse cheese, finished with a rubbing of Texas olive oil. And Caldera Espaa is their version of cheese from northern Spain, aged for three months and then smoked over Texas pecan. Their soft cheese is called St. Clements and is seasoned with lemons, oranges and Texas honey. Its creamy and delicious, and they suggest using it in cheesecake! Riverwheycreamery.com

    3. BENDING BRANCH WINERYThis boutique winery in Comfort has 20 acres

    planted with 16 varietals, including Tannat, a red wine grape typically grown in Southwest France. It turns out the combined factors in our climate suit the grape just fine, and they have been recognized at the TEXSOM Wine Awards with a Best in Show for their 2012 Tannat, as well as from Food and Wine magazine. Bendingbranchwinery.com

    SOUTHERLEIGH FINE FOOD & BREWERYNew to the Pearl complex and fittingly located in

    the original brewhouse, this is the first brewery to occupy the grounds since 2002 and the tenth largest brewpub in the country. Chef Jeff Balfour has created a menu that blends coastal classics with southern comfort food. The food and beer pairings are exciting, and you will definitely be hearing more from me about Southerleigh. Southerleigh.com

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  • 2015 | VOL. 10 | NO. 2

    PublisherLouis Doucette

    EditorTrisha Doucette

    Contributing EditorsCatrina Kendrick Catrinas Ranch Interiors

    Contributing WritersClaudia Alarcon, Jackie Benton, Julie Catalano, Mauri Elbel, Brantley Hightower, Angela Rabke

    PhotographyDror Baldinger, Allison Cartwright, Chris Cooper,

    Scott Martin, Mark Menjivar, Nick Simonite

    Strategic Media PlacementDiane Purcell

    Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford,

    Gerry Lair, Janis Maxymof

    Business ManagerVicki Schroder

    Design and ProductionTim Shaw The Shaw Creative

    Printing and Direct MailSmithPrint

    Phone512.385.4663, Austin - 210.410.0014, San Antonio

    Fax830.981.8887

    Address10036 Saxet Drive / Boerne, Texas 78006

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    Website www.urbanhomemagazine.com

    Urban Home Magazine Austin-San Antonio is published by Big City Publications, LLC. Advertising rates available upon request. All rights reserved by copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent from publisher. Every effort is made to assure accuracy of the information contained herein. However, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Advertising is subject to errors, omissions and or other changes without notice. Mention of any product or service does not constitute endorsement from Urban Home Magazine. The information contained in this publication is deemed reliable from third party sources, but not guaranteed. Urban Home Magazine does not act as an agent for any of the advertisers in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified remodeling, home furnishings or home improvement firm based on your own selection criteria. Urban Home Magazine, does not act as an agent for any of the realtors or builders in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified realtor to assist you in your new home purchase.

    Urban Home Magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. All real estate advertising in Urban Home Magazine, is subject to the Fair Housing Act that states We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

    Copyright 2015 by Urban Home Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

  • CONTENTS

    cover20 A Glass House Photography by Dror Baldinger

    featured homes28 Rio Estancia Photography by Dror Baldinger and Chris Cooper

    34 A Natural Habitat Photography by Dror Baldinger

    40 At Big Tree Camp Photography by Mark Menjivar

    highlights56 Top Ten Home Security Myths: Busted!

    departments

    Why This Space Works 48 Designer Spotlight: Sharon Radovich of Panache Interiors

    Commercial Design52 Creating Cured

    Food Design60 The New Vegetarian

    Fabulous Finds62 Destination: Washington County

    Contributing Editors58 Catrina Kendrick, Catrinas Ranch Interiors

    66 Advertiser Index

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