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Deep in the Heart of Texas: How to Incorporate the Lone Star State in Your Remodeling Project

Posted by Matt Ates | November 13, 2018

The thing about Texas is that it’s so big—as big as a few European countries lumped together—that there’s no single thing called “Texas style.” The culture and architecture of cowboy west Texas differ dramatically from the Southern-flavored style of east Texas.

So you’ve got some flexibility when striving to incorporate the Lone Star State into your remodeling project. A proud Texan from any part of the state probably would say, though, that a Texas-style home is one that is relaxed, welcoming, and warm.

 

FRONTIER

If you like the frontier feel, take a look at this new Austin-area home that the architect based on historic Fort Davis in west Texas. This view of the back of the house shows the home’s two wings, which were purposely made to look as if they were built at different times.

The section made of salvaged brick is the main part of the home and holds the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. The wing at left, made of wood, is connected by a breezeway and houses the guest rooms. The architect said he was aiming for “a sentimental view of Texas.” The house sits on an 8-acre lot. Homes that evoke the ranch houses of Texas typically cover a lot of land and have patios and wide porches, gardens, and lots of outdoor entertaining areas.

Plantation

This 1857 Greek Revival-style home was the mansion on a 2,000-acre cotton plantation in central Texas. A descendant of the original owners bought the house and embarked on a top-to-bottom restoration that included the construction of a compatible addition.

The renovation and addition were designed to accommodate a modern lifestyle, but the owners also paid close attention to reproducing the historic furnishings of the existing rooms, using appropriate finishes, refurbished light and plumbing fixtures, antique furniture, custom cabinets and millwork, and reproduction carpets and drapes.

 

Spanish Colonial

Another home style that harks back to the early days of Texas and the Southwest is Spanish Colonial. Originally, these homes had flat roofs and were built with heavy timbers, and the walls were adobe or stone, covered with stucco. The room in this home in New Mexico evokes that early style, with its adobe-look fireplace and timbered ceiling. 

 
A Spanish Colonial house often was added onto over the years, forming a courtyard in the middle, which more modern Spanish-influenced homes sometimes incorporate.
 

Southwestern

Finally, inevitably, we come to the stereotypical Lone Star State décor: distressed brown leather furniture with nail heads, barn wood, real cowhide throws and rugs, rusted metal, longhorn skulls, rope frames, the Lone Star motif and Texas flag, outlines of the state of Texas, armadillos, barbed-wire lamps, rodeo trophies, branding irons, Southwestern Native American blankets, large prints of cowboys, ten-gallon hats, boots, cattle, bluebonnets, and the like. The list could go on and on. 

 
This décor doesn’t have to be hokey, and many Texans and lovers of the Texas vibe can do it tastefully and creatively. Outdoors, you could plant a cactus garden for that west-Texas look.
 
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