Chad Faucheux, a founder, and partner of the firm Design Visions, typically designs homes for the people who will live in them. In the case of the 2017 Texas Monthly Hill Country Show Home at Boot Ranch, his client was the developer and the goal was to create the first in a series of plans that satisfied unmet buyer demand for size (3,200-5,000 square feet), livability (great gathering spaces and private guest accommodations), and an abbreviated design/build timeframe. In addition, the plans had to complement the exquisite custom homes the private club community is known for, and meet its rigorous design guidelines.

Chad drew inspiration from Fredericksburg vernacular design, the handsome and solid 19th-century German homes in town that have stood the test of time, both in quality and visual appeal. Local Sisterdale stone, board-and-batten siding, wood beam lintels, and low-pitched shake roofs are all hallmarks that Chad worked to incorporate. From the street, the homes in this series suggest that they were added on to over time, another characteristic of historic Fredericksburg homesteads.

The final plan for the 3,452 square-foot Show Home features a 41’x22’ gathering room that includes the living area, two dining areas, and an expansive chef’s kitchen. A wall of windows provides open views to the east of the spectacular valley below. More than 850 square feet of adjacent covered terraces overlooking the pool provide exceptional outdoor living space for enjoying Hill Country breezes and incredible night skies.

The master wing of the Show Home includes a spacious bedroom, elegantly appointed master bath, beauty room, and huge closet. At the opposite end of the home are two large private guest suites plus a big bunk room that can double as a game or media room. The detached garage is reached by a covered walkway and accommodates two cars and a golf cart.

Chad says the home satisfies both historic and contemporary tastes, which is part of the allure of the Hill Country style—clean horizontal lines, lack of unnecessary adornment, and materials that will look as beautiful in 100 years as they do today.