In Central Texas, one of the most iconic building styles is the metal shed. And, at the Mill, we are fortunate to have multiple versions of this simple shape.
When the city of Buda requested a master site plan back in 2011, we shifted gears from our original intention of making small renovations to one building at a time. Instead, we started to envision what ALL the metal buildings would ultimately look like.
First, we began to take into account what was important to us. We understood the Mill's historic importance to the life of Buda's early settlers. Local Billie Grey, a previous mayor of Buda, had mentioned early on that the Mill was the first to get a telephone when service was offered in Buda. We knew we wanted to keep the original footprint of the buildings to preserve as much as we could. We also wanted to enhance the Mill's intrinsic simplicity.
We knew we wanted to maintain the basic barn shapes of each building except for the building my mother referred to as 'the shed'. In her memory of the Mill, it was always used to store equipment. When we started looking at the bones of the building, we learned that it was built as a pole barn which are barns built from treated poles (in our case, telephone poles) that are anchored into the ground with cement and then sheet metal would be added for the walls. Traditionally these buildings were used to house animals, equipment and hay. It is one of two pole barns on the property. The other is the long barn that the hay was originally stored in, that we naturally refer to as the 'hay barn'.
When we came across a multiple pitched roof buildings near LaMesa, TX that became the inspiration for the new building (302 S Main, Suite 103) that we feel bridges the old with the new, still keeping that basic Central Texas metal shed close to heart.