House facade consist two transparent volumes

Pond House : Ten Oaks Farm by Holly & Smith Architects

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is a 1,250 square foot, net zero energy retreat located on a 15.5 acre site in Southeast Louisiana. The three-story structure sits over the edge of a pond and overlooks a peninsula of ten oak trees that stretch out into the middle of the pond.  The facade consists of limestone textured stucco, opaque tongue and groove polycarbonate panels, and two transparent volumes that project out of the second floor blending the residence seamlessly into the landscape.

Transparent surfaces reveal a heavy timber frame and also allow the building to become an observation tower offering views to much of the site. At night, the three-story volume comes alive as a glowing lantern emerging from the landscape magically illuminating the water.

House exterior with a transparent look

Pond house architectural features from the exterior views . The house is unique and very contemporary with its unusual sloping roof style . One can tell that the owners love nature looking at the green lawn,trees and the timber incorporated in the house structure. materials used are limestone textured stucco, opaque tongue and groove polycarbonate panels.

Side view of the house

The Pond House achieves net zero energy capability through active systems employing a high efficiency heating and cooling system, solar energy, spray foam insulation for a tight building envelope, energy star equipment, and LED lighting throughout. Along with utilizing active systems, the Pond House also features passive strategies to achieve a sustainable design through operable windows for cross ventilation, north-south building orientation, natural day lighting, shading strategies, reclaiming materials, landscaping designed for solar and wind changes through the seasons, and managing rainwater onsite. Since its completion, The Pond House has been generating instead of consuming energy.

Gorgeous house exeterior

A single-sloping roof sheds rainwater into the pond while also allowing maximum sun exposure for solar panels. The form juts out at a 14 degree angle towards the water and the roof sits perpendicular to the structure. This angle is carried through the house to create a striking contrast between elements such as the kitchen millwork and floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining room.

House facade consist two transparent volumes

One side of the structure hangs in the water making it easy for the family to embrace the water views from inside of their home through the transparent glass walls and while on the balcony on second floor.  The two transparent volumes projects out of the second floor and seamlessly blend with the residence into the landscape.

Bridge extended to the pond where a pavilion is located

The pavilion looks so relaxing with the two swing chairs and hammock right in the middle of the pond waters.

Contemporary fireplace

The Pond House features an outdoor area on the first floor including a fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

Contemporary terrace design

Relaxing sitting area with two wicker furniture chairs on wooden decking in kitchen area.  It has ceiling fans for ventilation.

outdoor sitting area

This area has wooden steps which provides access to the boat in the water outside the house.

dining room Wooden dining set with black upholstered seats and backrest on artistic style area rug. The pendant light above table and the minimal decor around the room make the dining room look smart.

Narrow kitchen design with wooden floor and large windows bringing in light from outside.

modern kitchen

The kitchen walls joins to the stair wall , the kitchen floor has open layout to the dining area. The wooden features of of the house cant go unnoticed from the kitchen ceilings ,supportive beams and on the floor.

pound house living area

The second level houses a living room, kitchen, and dining room that are completely open with panoramic views to the surrounding landscape, and a master suite with an outdoor terrace on the third level overlooks the property.


Contemporary bathroom with gray walls and flooring.  The wooden vanity with top mounted sink compliments each other with wood pillars on side of the wall.


Within the mission of creating a sustainable design, this residence is an example that proves energy efficient houses can be comfortable, luxurious places to live. The Pond House is a place where family and friends can come together. From swinging out by the lake, to hanging out on the terrace, or having an acoustic jam session by the fire, The Pond House offers many avenues of engaging in culture, adventure, relaxation, and observation inside and out.

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