Wood Shop in Comfort, Texas

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Located in the Texas Hill Country, the owners wanted the shop's appearance to be at home in the rural area and with it's structures. We decided on a "classic" barn form, with a mezzanine where a hay loft would normally be located.

The wood shop is divided into two work spaces; a main work area of 400sf and a 135sf loft in the center section that is used for storage and as a design area. Barn doors on either end of the shop allow for flow-through circulation as well as allowing for oversized projects access and workspace.

Project published in Fine Woodworking's "Tools & Shops" annual issue, Winter 2007/2008


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Site constraints required diligence in making the most of every square foot of space available. We were successful in getting all functions designed into this concise accessory building. The structure provides covered parking for the Owners and a Shop at the First Floor. A stairwell and open deck welcomes all to watch the sunset from the back yard as well as providing access to the Guest apartment and Home Office above the Shop.

Detached Garage

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A small, dilapidated garage needed to be replaced. Materials of the original garage had aged and the footprint now proved to be too small to house the Owner's two cars. The new detached structure was built to reflect the main house in its brick veneer; James Hardie horizontal siding was used on the other sides of the building.

Dining Porch

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A simple stoop at the rear of the residence served the Owners but did not satisfy their overall hopes for using the backyard. A new structure now offers a covered porch for outdoor cooking and dining. In addition, the family pet is now secure in the back yard through a series of thoughtfully placed doors, fences and gates without hampering the people traffic.

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