A family cabin in the East Texas woods provides a retreat from the modern "busy" lifestyle. The house is sited at the edge of a flood-prone creek and near an active rail line. The columns that raise the house incorporate vibration isolation techniques and lift the house to provide dramatic views to the trestle bridge and lake beyond. The sleeping wings hinge off the living core and are clad in regional cypress and cor-ten corrugated roofing. The central space is a charred-wood cube that dissolves in the back to form a screened porch.