Located in a modest east Austin neighborhood, this house combines a simple form and material palette with generous proportions and abundant natural light. The building is wrapped around two large elm and pecan trees, which help shade the building in conjunction with deep front and back porches. The owners, landscape and food enthusiasts, lived on the site for 5 years prior to the build and had already cultivated the half-acre lot with vegetable gardens, native prairie, chickens and fruit trees. With this in mind, the plan and window openings are designed to maximize views through the house to the garden and horizon beyond. The compact 1600sf footprint contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a series of space-saving desk, storage and seating ‘nooks’.