Texas Home Tour: Expertly Blended Modern, Traditional, and Rustic Styles

Great room with french doors
Photography by Michael Hunter

Whenever the word ‘whisperer’ is used, it generally refers to a person’s innate ability to communicate with something that can’t talk on its own. As seen in the movie The Horse Whisperer and the TV show Ghost Whisperer, those possessing such gifts can unlock a subject’s true nature and intents. This same sixth sense belongs to Birmingham architect Jeffrey Dungan, but instead of animals or the unknown, Dungan deftly interprets a property’s terrain and surroundings to achieve the best design possible. And that’s how Don and Kris Rymer’s new home came to be. “As I walked their land for the first time, it immediately spoke to me,” Dungan recounts. “The site’s topography had great movement, as well as some wonderful views of the Twin Sisters Mountain beyond.”

Knowing that Dungan shared their affinity for traditional design intermixed with clean, modern elements, the Rymers were confident the architect could realize their intents. “Having lived in Rosemary Beach, Florida, for eight years before moving back to Texas, we were familiar with Jeff’s work,” Kris explains. “Since he and his firm were responsible for many of our favorite homes in and around Rosemary, we immediately thought of him to create our dream home.” Heath Clement, another instrumental part of the design team, worked closely with Dungan in putting ideas to paper.

Photography by Michael Hunter

Located in Boerne, Texas, the residence is an assembly of graceful stone arches and clay-tile roofs. Since Dungan is well-versed in the region’s vernacular styles and architectural influences, he successfully wove the diverse elements together in the home’s design.

Infinity pool
Photography by Michael Hunter

The summer heat was also a driving factor in creating a fortlike layout arranged around a central courtyard for needed comfort and shade. And an infinity pool framed by two guest cabanas offers another respite from soaring temperatures .

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