Meticulously designed to break the mold, Piebald Ranch redefines what a ranch in rural Texas can be. The continual use of natural elements, such as light stone and wood beams, keeps the ranch design close to nature while elevating the aesthetic to resemble a home you’d typically find in the desert or on the coast of California. By using LaCantina Contemporary Clad sliding doors, Craig McMahon Architects were able to open the entire back of the residence and let the view of the rural Texas landscape be the focal point from multiple spaces throughout the home.


West Texas

Craig McMahon Architects, Inc. 

Residential Rural

LaCantina Contemporary Clad Sliding Patio Doors
LaCantina Aluminum Swing Doors

Best of LaCantina 2018 - Best Rural Residential

Nestled on top of a hill in rural Texas, this updated ranch utilizes expansive glass sliding door systems, ample windows, and natural elements that surround the design concept of bringing the outdoors in. This modern retreat functions as a beautiful getaway where the homeowners can relax and enjoy the view from every room in the house. The house itself is modeled around a back courtyard which serves as the main outdoor gathering area. The courtyard is outfitted with a fire pit, pool, and other outdoor features that add an element of livability to the architecture.

Zoned to accommodate a private owner’s suite on one end of the house with three additional private guestrooms and bathrooms at the opposite end, the Piebald Ranch allows for seclusion without physical separation in the building’s architecture. The center of the ranch is an open-concept floor plan that houses the living room, a library, and kitchen that seamlessly merge with the outdoor courtyard through a LaCantina sliding door system

By strategically using LaCantina Aluminum Swing doors with full-view glass sidelites, the home’s entrance and foyer function as a mini breezeway where guests are greeted with the breathtaking views outside beyond the courtyard. The homeowners wanted the world outside to be the focal point of their home design so engaging with the outdoors could be viewed everywhere within the home.  

The home’s interior features stunning wood plank ceilings and a grid-style back patio overhang topped with a metal roof that provides the residents and guests a welcoming space to gather while staying protected from the hot Texas sun. Natural stone elements create a cohesive blend between exterior and interior designs. The subtle color scheme allows the greenery outside to pop and truly become the focal point of every room.

The overall design of this property is focused on making the outdoor areas easy to access and enjoy. The homeowners were interested in the idea of disappearing glass doors to seamlessly blend their indoor and outdoor living spaces, especially surrounding the back courtyard. With a LaCantina 10’ tall pocketing door system, erasing the division between interior spaces and outdoor living was simple and created a dramatic combined living area that can be utilized both day and night.