Haskell Health House, an 850-SF efficient home with 1,100 SF of native and edible landscape blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
A collaboration between Studio Balcones and Weaver Buildings, the design extends the activity of the residence to the outdoors, creating flexible living spaces that are integrated with the architecture. Closest to the residence, a series of dwelling spaces wrap around the home. A gravel area with firepit for gathering connects to a stretch of lawn for lounging or bocci ball. Behind the home, an outdoor dining and kitchen area are framed by verdant plantings. This space for daily gathering looks into the display bosque where Possumhaw Holly trees stand in verdant grasses.
Beyond the dwelling spaces, a densely planted landscape provides an engaging backdrop. At street level, billowing grasses offset structural agaves. At the house level a diverse meadow referencing the Texas Blackland prairie is ornamented with Desert Willow Trees and a prickly pear tree that was salvaged from the site. The meadow is made up of native as well as edible plants, and can be used for its beauty or seasonally harvested by the residents.