2023 RDAA | Custom Outdoor Living Design | Aegean Pool House | Lake|Flato Architects

A lake house is meant to be lived outdoors. This part-time property near Dallas splits the difference between indoors and out. Under a long roofline that pitches up to the north and the lake view, the public spaces are outside—kitchen, dining, living, anchored by a Lueders stone fireplace. A single room wide and connected by a hall on the south edge, the enclosed lounge, bunkroom, and primary suite have pocketing doors on opposite sides to draw in the prevailing breezes. 

“The outdoor living spaces are so generous, while the indoor spaces feel secluded and private,” says Vicki Yuan, AIA. “It offers a nice contrast between gathering as a group and being alone.” As precisely detailed as a small yacht, oak built-ins make each small room seem larger, as do clerestories that share light among them. The north side overlooks an 80-foot-long pool and spa, and the lake beyond.

In tune with the forest setting, pine panels line the exterior and interior, while Douglas fir columns support the all-wood structure. Concrete floors continue outside to form the pool decking and a sunken firepit lounge. “Luxury isn’t about building big; you can do a lot with a little through great proportions and the sense of space,” Vicki says.

A judge agreed, noting, “The relationship between the pool and outdoor living is very lovely. It’s a rigorous layout and a very clear concept.”


Custom Outdoor Living Design

Lake | Flato Architects
Aegean Pool House
Mineola, Texas

Project Credits

Architect: Ted Flato, FAIA, principal in charge; Vicki Yuan, AIA, project architect; Justin Ford, AIA, Lake | Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas

Builder: Don Romer Construction, Colleyville, Texas

Interior designer: Wendy Konradi Interior Design, Dallas

Landscape architect: Hocker Design, Dallas

MEP engineer: Positive Energy, Austin, Texas

Structural engineer: Structure Works, Austin

Lighting design: Studio Lumina, Austin

Landscaper: Landvisions, Tyler, Texas

Project size: 1,280 square feet (620 square feet conditioned)

Site size: 5 acres

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Casey Dunn

Key Products

Cladding: Stained pine

Countertops: Arizona Tile

Decking: Concrete slab

Entry doors: Marvin

Exterior stain: Sikkens

Faucets: Lynx Professional, Outdoor Shower Company

Fireplace: Woodland Direct 

Flooring: Concrete

HVAC system: American Standard

Interior cabinetry: Custom oak

Lighting: Lumiere, Tech

Millwork: Wilsonart laminated metal outdoor cabinets

Roofing: Standing seam paint grip steel

Sinks: Watermark

Thermal/moisture barrier: GCP PERM-A-BARRIER

Toilets: TOTO

Window shading systems: J. Geiger roller shades

Window wall systems: Metal-Craft Sliding Pocket Doors

Windows: Custom wood windows