Laughlin Homes & Restoration
Fredericksburg, Texas


Project name: Elm Grove
Project location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Square footage: 4,400
Total project cost (not land): $1.3 million

Inspired by the land, the project was designed in a style that respects the rural heritage of the area while meeting the demands of today’s modern lifestyle. The objective was to nestle the compound into a hillside elm grove, blending with the countryside — not dominating it. Deeply covered porches protect large expanses of glass that welcome the outside in and provide access to an alfresco kitchen and dining area. Spray-foam insulation, low-E glass, high-efficiency HVAC and on-demand water heaters were used to reduce operating costs. The home showcases reclaimed timbers, native stone, wood and concrete floors blended with granite counters and stainless appliances.

The supplied plans arrived four months later than promised. With a 10-month deadline cut to six and more than 8,000 sq. ft. under roof, keeping as many as nine trade partners working simultaneously with 15 to 20 carpenters was a challenge in itself. The site required 400 tons of sub-grade to be imported and extensive landscaping. Receiving 30-plus in. of rain in a 16-week period further delayed the project. The project was completed in less than six months.

Native plants, not requiring irrigation due to the minimal amount of water available, were used to blend into and restore the site. The color palette is sophisticated, yet reflects the natural surroundings and distant vistas which can be enjoyed throughout the home and outdoor spaces.