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Canyon Lake Updates - Modern Hill Country Home

Exciting news for our followers! Progress moves forward on our project in Canyon Lake.


In this blog post, well talk about Water-Resistive Barrier (WRB) and share a construction snapshot of our Modern Hill Country home on Canyon Lake.


More updates to follow!


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Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home

Lake Austin Motif Architects Custom Lake House Home Austin Texas Architecture
Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home
Lake Austin Motif Architects Custom Lake House Home Austin Texas Architecture
Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home

Understanding Water-Resistive Barriers (WRBs) for New Houses


A Water-Resistive Barrier (WRB) is a crucial component in the construction of new homes. Its primary purpose is to keep liquid water out of the structural parts of a building while allowing water vapor to escape. The WRB protects against moisture infiltration while ensuring that the framing or sheathing can dry to the exterior if it gets wet.


We’ll jump into the importance of WRBs, their types, and considerations for choosing the right one for your project.


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Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home
Lake Austin Motif Architects Custom Lake House Home Austin Texas Architecture
Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home
Lake Austin Motif Architects Custom Lake House Home Austin Texas Architecture
Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home

Why Are WRBs Essential?


  1. Moisture Protection: WRBs prevent water from infiltrating the sheathing, which can lead to rot, mold, and other structural issues.

  2. Air Barrier: WRBs contribute to the overall air-tightness of the building envelope, enhancing energy efficiency.

  3. Vapor Permeability: They allow water vapor to escape, preventing trapped moisture within the walls.


Types of WRBs

Housewraps


Asphalt Felt and Grade D Building Paper
  • These traditional building papers are vapor-permeable and have been used for decades.

  • They are cost-effective but require proper installation to ensure overlapping layers and effective protection.


Liquid-Applied Sealers
  • These are applied directly to the sheathing and create a continuous barrier.

  • They offer flexibility and adaptability to irregular surfaces.

Rigid Foam Insulation
  • Some rigid foam boards also serve as WRBs. They provide both insulation and moisture protection.

Delta-Dry
  • A specialized product designed for rainscreen applications. It creates an air gap between the WRB and the siding, enhancing drainage.



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Construction progress on the Hill Country Modern Home

Choosing the Right WRB


  1. Climate Zone: Consider the local climate. For areas prone to wind-driven rain, opt for a robust WRB.

  2. Installation Difficulty: Some products, like self-adhering membranes, can be challenging to apply over large wall surfaces.

  3. Cost: Balance the benefits against the cost. While premium products like Grace Ice & Water Shield offer superior performance, they may be more expensive.

  4. Building Approach: Different construction techniques (such as PERSIST and REMOTE) may influence your choice.


Conclusion


Selecting the right WRB is critical for the long-term durability and performance of a new house. Consult with your team, weigh the pros and cons, and make an informed decision. Remember, a well-chosen WRB ensures a dry and comfortable home for years to come.


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WRB installation in Lakeway Texas



Hill Country Modern Home


One of the most popular styles for custom homes in Texas Hill Country is the rustic-modern style. This style combines the traditional elements of wood, stone, and metal with the contemporary features of glass, steel, and concrete. The result is a home that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings, while offering a sleek and sophisticated look. You can see an example of this style in the image below, where a new residential home is taking shape, epitomizing the blend of comfort and elegance.


As you can see, the construction process is meticulous and precise, ensuring that every detail is executed with care and quality. The wooden frames outline what will soon be spacious living spaces, filled with natural light and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. The roof trusses are made of engineered wood products, such as TuffStrand, which provide strength and durability. The architectural design reflects a harmonious blend of traditional aesthetics and modern functionality, creating a home that is both cozy and chic.


If you are interested in building your own custom home in Texas Hill Country, you will need to find a reliable and reputable architect who can help you turn your vision into reality. You will also need to consider your budget, timeline, and preferences, as well as the local regulations and requirements.


Building a custom home is a big investment, but it can also be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. With Motif Architects, you will have the opportunity to create a home that is truly yours, a home that you will love and cherish for years to come.


Don’t miss our next updates, as we will show you how these two amazing Lake House projects are advancing together. You can also see more of our Lake House projects here.  


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To learn more about this exciting project, please check out our project page.








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