Art a few months ago Share Tweet Pin Share Expansive remote regions offer unbounded possibilities for designing new homes. Take, for instance, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s two-story abode along the Llano River in central Texas. Entitled “The Llano Retreat,” the establishment champions its natural surroundings with locally sourced limestone alongside charred wood that make up a bulk of its overall design. Not to mention, tall glass windows offer an immediate connection with the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the u-shaped retreat features a front courtyard with the rear overlooking “a gentle slope dotted with trees, shrubs, and wildflowers,” as per Dezeen. “The design is a result of the knowledge of the landscape and the desire to retain the connection to nature,” said the Austin-based firm in a statement. As far as interiors are concerned, the living room features a double-height ceiling with the dining area equipped with walnut tables and upholstered chairs using vintage military tents for a more rustic appeal. “Soft grey upholstery, handwoven rugs, and rich leathers complement the interiors for a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere overlooking the rustic Hill Country landscape,” said the firm. Tour The Llano Retreat in the slideshow above and then head over to Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s website to learn more about the project. In other architecture news, take a look at this picturesque home in Greece created by Sergey Fedotov. Bonus: Want to stay up to date on our latest Rare Norm news ?