Natural Houses

Natural Houses

Adrienne Breaux
May 21, 2010

It's around this time of year that anyone living in Texas really starts to enjoy the outdoors. Austin residents are heavily influenced by our gorgeous natural surroundings, and it should come as no surprise that some of our architecture gains inspiration from the nature of Austin and the Hill Country.

When we were asked if we wanted to receive a copy of Natural Houses: The Residential Architecture of Andersson-Wise gratis, we jumped at the chance. We've been fans of this local Austin firm for awhile, specifically of their extraordinary talents of creating gorgeous structures that somehow enhance the natural surroundings, not take away from them. We've even posted about them before, in a post Keeping Decor Neutral to Enhance the View.

Now, if you're looking for a book that offers tips or specific advice on how to create the looks seen in the book, you won't find that here. But, you will fine pretty stunning photos of gorgeous landscapes, the architecture set seamlessly in them and some pretty good-looking interiors. We found a lot of inspiration for neutral, natural-inspired interiors just by flipping through all the full-color pages.

Chronicling nine projects, most of which are located in Texas, the book does a great job of including floor plans so you can get an idea of the flow of spaces. And while many of these homes aren't in the typical size or price range for most Apartment Therapy readers, we really got a lot of ideas for simple, clean and natural interiors from the book.

Natural Houses is published by Princeton Architectural Press and available on their website.

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(Images: Art Gray)

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