Home Style Rather than hang string lights, Lou brought in JMS Lighting Concepts of Arlington. They installed uplights in the courtyard and soft “moonscaping” in the trees. The River House says Lou, noting that the landscaping in the courtyard is a little more haphazard on purpose to give it a lush feel. The spacious walk-through closet contains a washer and dryer and a lot of taxidermy. From here and from the courtyard, stairs lead to the second level, a stone-walled gym and the garage. Another set of stairs leads to the guest quarters, a simple two-room space with a large screened porch filled with well-loved leather furniture. The bedroom features a custom bed made of reclaimed Texas pecan by Austin-based Texas Rover Co. The living room contains a small wine fridge and coffee maker. Another guest room and a “corral” for the couple’s motorcycles sits adjacent to the screened porch. Parking on this level gives guests an easily-accessed private getaway. 60 September 2017 360westmagazine.com While the summer heat has been intense, the pool on the ground level has been an oasis. The surrounding wall offers privacy while glassless “windows” allow for views of the river; heat-friendly plants line the inside of the wall. A patio under the overhang features built-in seating and is designed for small gatherings. Lou and James keep the look neat with built-in lights in the overhang rather than ubiquitous string lights. Outside the pool area, a patio filled with Adirondack chairs stretches along the exterior of the living room and master bedroom and offers a spectacular view of the river. “Mornings out here are special,” says Lou. “You see the river, the migrating birds, the freshly mowed fields. When I’ve been away from home, this is where I come to reconnect.” 360 This gate leads to the pool and a side entrance to the house.