Referencing local precedents, the Round Mountain House integrates seamlessly into its surrounding Ozark landscape by a combination of modernist ideals and vernacular strategies.
The form of the house is treated as two pieces. The "main frame" consists of primarily public spaces: the carport, outdoor breezeway, guest loft, and main living area. The "lean-to" or "saddle bag" contains primarily private spaces: the bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and laundry. The main frame is of steel construction on concrete foundation walls. To create the finished form, energy-efficient SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System) wrap around the steel frame and roof of both the main frame and the lean-to.
Additionally, the house implements other active and passive sustainable technologies, such as window placement for cross-ventilation and strategic overhangs for shading.