Design: Mark Ashby Design
Architect: Chris Carson of Ford, Powell & Carson
Builder: Guido Construction
Photos: Clay Grier
This home away from home brings friends and family together to appreciate the beauty and bounty of Texas. The incredible 20,000 square foot ranch was designed by Mark Ashby Design, architect Chris Carson of Ford, Powell & Carson.
The home has an upscale hunting lodge esthetic, designed with functionality at the forefront to accommodate large groups, with durable fabrics and furnishings while not compromising the design. The home incorporates priceless antiques, handmade furnishings, custom light fixtures, and a curated art/photography collection.
The most impactful feature is the 100-foot hallway. “I love how grand it is, without being ostentatious. It’s welcoming and approachable while creating a wow moment as soon as one enters the space,” says Anne Grandinetti, Mark Ashby Design. “The custom light fixtures pay reverence to the mission architecture of the home. The sitting area, calls for a chance moment to sit and put your boots on or sneak away and have a reading spot, elsewhere from the main rooms of the home.”
Considering it is located in South Texas, the landscape is as vast and wide as one can see with uninterrupted views. The outdoor living space takes full advantage of the landscape to allow for plenty of outdoor activities. The home fronts a 22-acre lake allowing for water sports and fishing. The pool is designed to accommodate a large group or cozy family gatherings. There are several outdoor dining spaces to entertain large groups or small dinners for two.
- Most of the upholstered furniture was custom made Mark Ashby Design’s workroom in Austin, TX.
- The custom 15’ dining table can seats up to 16 guests, by Austin artisans Kartwheel Studios.
- There is curated art and photography throughout from Stephen Clark Gallery in Austin, TX.
- A custom made vintage Zebra bench in entry features the homeowner’s hand-carved ranch logo.
- Many of the accessories and antiques in the home are sourced from the famed Round Top Antique Fair.
- The kitchen countertops and backsplash are Basaltina Lava Stone. The island countertop is mesquite wood.
- American White Oak wood floors are used throughout the home.