4502 Balcones Drive

This home, designed by Pollen Architecture & Design and located in Austin, Texas, is an example of the power of materials, and how it really behooves designers and home owners to not just try the cheapest thing they can find, but listen the bones of a house and the personality of its users to determine what sort of materials, inside and out, the structure should be clad in.

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