This client wished to completely upgrade their existing home on a prestigious corner lot in one of Austin’s more established and scenic neighborhoods. The original home was completely gutted and remodeled throughout featuring a completely new master suite layout centered around a late 19th century hand carved walnut fireplace mantel and three family bedrooms each with its own private bathroom on the upper level. A private study trimmed in authentic walnut raised wood panels and custom cabinetry opens to the foyer and an enlarged living room with built-in custom cabinetry and a music alcove featuring a concert grand piano beyond. An expanded dining room frames a view of the new grand staircase at one end and opens at the other into a new art gallery addition connecting the formal living areas with the informal family spaces at the rear of the house.
A completely new spacious kitchen and great room was added to the rear of the house framing views of the existing pool and landscaped gardens at the rear of the property. This new addition is dramatically lit by a continuous clerestory window alcove that opens to a second floor balcony area extending from the bedroom areas, making the great room the true heart of the entire house.
The exterior of the house was inspired by local Texas vernacular architecture utilizing Texas limestone in an rough-hewn ashlar pattern accented with jack arches above the windows. A two-story veranda was added to the front of the house to reduce summer heat gain by shading the entire southern exposure of the house, while adding a stately but welcoming character to the home typical of historic homes of the region.
*project completed with another firm
West 22nd Street Condominiums
Austin, Texas 17,850 GSF / $ TBD
Located at the edge of University of Texas’ campus town area, this project was a preliminary design study for a developer seeking project funding. The design intent was to determine the best usage and highest development al potential achievable on the proposed building site given the applicable zoning and building ordinances that protected existing native landscaping and aquifer recharge watershed areas while maintaining compatibility with nearby residential neighborhoods. The development consisted of 16 single-bedroom condos and 4 two-bedroom units primarily intended for university students and faculty. The building consists of a secured structured parking level partially recessed into the ground level with condominiums above in a U-shaped configuration surrounding a private central courtyard and street entrance. The building design is contemporary to appeal to college students but proportioned to appear similar in detail and massing to detached homes in the neighborhoods nearby.