When Paty and Pancho Benavides decided to retire, they made the decision to start fresh in a different part of Texas and in a newhome. They knew they wanted something different, a custom-home built for them that they could fill with new treasures and memories.
The Hill Country was their chosen destination and, on the advice of their builder, they spent time driving around the Hill Country, getting a feel for communities in the area. On the way home from Marble Falls, they happened to take a shortcut through Wimberley and when they saw the land in Mustang Valley, they knew their journey had ended.
The Benavides purchased a five-and-half-acre lot and designed a home Pancho calls "German Barn." The two-story home features a barn-red upper floor over a rock wall lower level. The entry door and shutters in a shade of Country Blue accent the front of the home and set the color scheme for the home. Repurposed barn wood, stained concrete floors, and rubble rock interiors provide interest throughout the house.
The entry to the home features rock walls and opens into a comfortable living room with great views of the front and back of the property. The floors are rust stained concrete bordered by wide bands of dark brown while the walls are tan with feature walls of repurposed barn wood. Brown leather sofas make an inviting and comfortable television-viewing area enhanced by two large wall lanterns. On the other side of the room, two large wingback chairs create a cozy conversation area by the double-sided rock fireplace. Above the mantle, mounted wildlife adds a touch of the outdoors while a pine-stained vaulted wood ceiling tops off the scene.
The kitchen and dining area are on the other side of the fireplace, separated from the living area by a windowed wall. The dining area features a large plank-topped trestle table surrounded by ladder-back chairs with rush seats. A large antler chandelier hangs above the table. The brown-bordered concrete floor does an encore in the dining area.
In the chef's kitchen, a tiled backsplash and brick enclosure around the cooktop serve as the focal point of the room. The kitchen cabinets continue the color theme of the home providing a blue splash of color to the room. A large pantry and a half-bath are tucked conveniently behind the kitchen. The half-bath continues the house's palette and barn style with blue barn-wood cabinets, a copper pot-shaped sink, and an old-fashioned pump style faucet.
At the front of the house, the owners placed a corner office with four tall narrow windows that bathe the room in natural light and offer a view of the property. The barn-wood trim and tan walls in this room repeat d?cor elements used throughout the house.
The master suite has blue horizontal shiplap wallboards and a vaulted ceiling that continue the "German Barn" style concept. The dramatic headboard on the large black bed and the unique wall lights highlight the room. Instead of doors, a wall of Chicago bricks blocks the view of the master bath. A large tiled shower is open to both sides of the bathroom. In front of the shower, a coffee bar and short passage connect his and her sides of the bathroom, each with a vanity topped with travertine tiles, under-mounted sinks, and topped with a large framed pane of glass. Barn wood doors with opaque glass open to his and her walk-in closets.
The family's entry from the garage connects to the front hall and the stairway to the second floor. As you enter, the "mud room" offers storage for coats, hats, and shoes, using wall-mounted blue cubes and wall hooks. A wall of windows brings in the natural light. Nearby, the large laundry room includes blue cabinets, rust countertops, a sink, and space to hang clothes and household items.
At the base of the stairways, a rustic blue-green console is topped by a table runner from Oaxaca and displays the family pictures. Wood stairs lead you to the second floor where wide stained pine planks and tan walls ground the space.
Blue doors open to the Benavides' daughters' bedrooms while blue shutters in the same shade of blue control the input of natural light. In the first bedroom, the headboard is one of the few items the Benavides brought from their home in Laredo. Other furnishings in the room include a cushioned red barrel chair, a small barn wood chest, and a rustic bedside table. The second bedroom is furnished simply but comfortably, including an iron bed and a dark brown bench. Each upstairs bedroom has its own private bathroom but share a balcony that overlooks the property and the hills beyond.
As you return downstairs, the back porch invites you to linger and enjoy the view. Comfortable outdoor furniture, a gas fire feature of lava rock, and an outdoor kitchen make this a place where family and friends can spend many hours enjoying the beauty of the outdoors while sharing a meal or drinks. Mexican-style bar stools, a round table, and barrel-shaped chairs provide ample seating for dining and entertaining.
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