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House on a Hill

Planted among the live oak trees atop the crest of a hill in West Austin, the Lake View Residence affords a sweeping view of the Bright Leaf Preserve to the west, while, to the east, enduring tree canopies shield the 5,900-sf home from the road. The immediate perception of seclusion from the surrounding neighborhood emanates from the design team’s careful attention to the quality and character of the outdoor spaces as much as the indoor ones. The layout is rich and complex, while adhering to, as designer Kevin Alter modestly describes it, a simple one­-room-wide plan. The particulars of the…