Beautiful Hill Country Remodel

This custom remodeled home situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, TX was completed in two phases. With a light remodel and refresh to the original home done in 2018, a larger scale addition of the great room and primary suite was completed in 2021. The original home was a 1984 build with a modest sunroom and a choppy floorplan that made it hard for several people to gather in any one space. 

Architect and interior designer Howell Ridout could imagine a new life for the dated structure and he and his wife, Debbie bought the property on the Guadalupe after becoming empty nesters. They have been developing and renovating different parts of the property since 2007 to create a luxurious retreat as their forever home. 

Interior design selections were carefully chosen by our very own Principal Designer, Lauren Ramirez, and her father, Howell Ridout, for a unique and meaningful family project. The father/daughter duo wanted to reflect the natural tones of the Texas Hill Country with an emphasis on oranges, blues, greens, and browns. A dining area that opens to the great room with plenty of seating and views of the river was a high priority for homeowners Howell and Debbie as they frequently host large family gatherings, dinner parties with friends and special events in the community. Like the majority of the HouseMill Design decorating projects, they had to choose durable, yet luxurious performance fabrics and materials in the public spaces of the home due to high traffic from dogs, children and guests.

The large scale sliding doors that open on each side of the great room invite the river breeze to elegantly dance through the room are a favorite for all who enter the home, as well as the custom walnut valences in the great room and primary suite that house up / down LED light strips. A custom raw edge breakfast table was made from local Texas walnut by a Kerrville based craftsman, while the living room showcases a custom made walnut and limestone coffee table by local Austin furniture maker Yucca Stuff. Another design highlight is the custom console table in the great room that hides a T.V. which raises and lowers for on demand viewing that does not inhibit the river views when down.

The painted planks in various widths installed in a random pattern allow for a more modern look than traditional shiplap cladding. And as an important bonus, the planks can move and shift with the foundation without cracking or showing wear on the walls as sheetrock would do. 

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