The River Ranch is located in Blanco, Texas. It’s a beautiful place with lots of character and was designed by Jobe Corral Architects. Contrary to what the name might suggest, this is not a ranch, not in the traditional sense of the word.
However, it is a very beautiful and very welcoming family home that takes full advantage of its location and unique setting. As you approach it, you can see rammed earth walls that form a kind of protective shell around the structure. They also facilitate the transition between the actual building and the surrounding landscape.
This beautiful connection between inside and outside is also made simple and seamless by the design of the house. Possibly many of the large rooms have direct access to a number of covered terraces and other rooms which in turn connect to the courtyard and garden. In addition, large steel gratings and pergola roofs extend the social areas into the green spaces that serve as a second layer of protection. In the courtyard there is an underground cistern, not visible, which contains the entire water supply of the house. Outside there is also a large pool with various lounging areas on either side including a lovely outdoor fire pit seating area.