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Material Dance

In the scrubby, rolling landscape of the Texas Hill Country, along Highway 41 in Kerr and Real counties, lies a small strip of land known as The Divide. Here, on the Edwards Plateau, the watershed drains north to the Llano River, east to the Frio River, and west to the Nueces River. In the 1880s, settlers staked their claims on this land, and once windmills and barbed wire arrived, the region became home to cattle ranches and other agricultural enterprises long the lore of Texas history. The Dietert Ranch is among the handful of large, successful family ranches that were…

Down and Up House

Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture purchased a lot in Houston’s Ranch Estates subdivision in 2002 and then proceeded to think long and hard about the house she wanted to design there for herself and her husband, dentist Andrew Farkas. Ranch Estates is an anomalous subdivision in the museum district: two streets of low-ceilinged postwar ranch houses built in a part of the city that was otherwise developed in the 1920s.  Since the late 1990s, Ranch Estates has been transformed as new two-story houses, ranging in size from 3,400 sf to 4,700 sf, replaced the original…