9/18/13

Talk about a turnaround...



Here's a cool project we're working on in Barton Hills.  The existing house has an attached garage in the back with a massive concrete turnaround area that eats up all of the best parts of the amazing lot.  It's pretty awful:

Ewwwwwww!
Our clients wanted a new kitchen and an upstairs master bedroom, and as we started sketching that out, we proposed a radical change for them: Could we take away your garage so you could have a back yard?  They love their garage, but gave it up in an instant when they saw how amazing it would be to create a place for people, not cars, in the back.

They'll have a new bedroom up in the treetops.

And here's a really early look at the new master bath...

The former two-car garage will become a family room with a big utility room in the back.

While the kitchen gets enlarged and updated (with a touch of the mid-sixties vibe of the original house)

The stairwell will fill the family room with light and features an "away" spot for reading or cat-napping.

And a screened porch provides a great transition from the kitchen/dining to the "new" back yard.

All of this came from re-thinking the way that cars interact with this home.  Today, the vehicles are the most important things on the property, but soon people will be what it's all about.

5/16/13

New house in Cherrywood

We're designing a new home in Cherrywood right now for an empty-nest couple looking for a home they can live in affordably for the long haul.  At roughly 1,300 s.f., it's pretty compact, but it's designed to live large with open spaces and two great porches.  Both the main house and the 450 s.f. rental unit in the back yard are being designed for accessibility, which will allow our clients and their tenants flexibility over the years.
The front porch adds lots of living/social space to the house and helps it to blend right into the neighborhood.
Here's another kitchen that fits our philosophy of "fitting like a mitten"- it's loose and flexible to accommodate decades of use and change, whether it's for two people or 20 guests.  The screened porch on the back adds more flexibility for dining, sitting, and partying.

From the aerial view, you can see the 450 s.f. rental cottage at the back of the lot.  It's designed for accessibility, just like the main house.  Having an income property will add a lot of options for our clients over the years.
Looking onto the back yard, there's a screened porch with a soaring roofline to give the house a great look at the sky and trees and to catch more breeze.


4/16/13

It's screened porch season!!!

Okay, so it's ALWAYS screened porch season in Austin.

Over the years, we've done a zillion of them, ranging from "fish camp" to "Martha Stewart" (or 78704 to 78703, if you prefer).  This one in Allandale is painted, but it's still casual and light.

(photos courtesy of Risher+Martin Fine Homes)

Breezy and bright, and not a skeeter in sight...

We did lots of work inside the house to create a bigger family room and a new office/guest suite too.

We helped with landscape design and solved some drainage issues with the lot, too.

Note: Garages don't have to be eyesores!

3/21/13

Rosedale guest suite/craft room/playroom

We had a great time remodeling and selling our project at 7007 Priscilla, and we're looking hard for the next house to re-do, but we're still doing our usual thing, too.  Here's a backyard project we'll start construction on in the next few weeks.  It's a freestanding building that will serve as a guest suite for visiting relatives, a craft room, bathroom for the hot tub, and party room, while adding some much-needed storage to the small-ish main house.




1/1/13

7007 Priscilla is now for sale!


Our project at 7007 Priscilla Drive in Austin is now on the market for sale.  We're still working on the last details, but this panoramic photo of the living/dining/kitchen areas shows you how bright and spacious this house is.  You can find more info about the house on Zillow.

We just finished doing the frosted glass on the front door.  Thank you Jonathan from Sunsational Solutions!
 
At the front door, looking through dining room toward kitchen.  The back yard is huge!
Brand new island kitchen with lounge.  The new hardwood floors go throughout the house.

Looking out from the kitchen to the huge back yard.
Here's the front of the house, nearing completion...



12/6/12

Nearing completion at 7007 Priscilla

 We're dangerously close to finishing up at 7007 Priscilla Drive in Austin.  These terrible photos from my phone were taken today as we wrapped up the tile work in bathrooms and kitchen.  From here, we'll finish up lighting and set out plumbing fixtures, then put down the wood floors.  We'll have the house on the market in the next few days as we finish up.         
View from the front door.  Compare it to the rendering in the previous post.  We're getting close!!

Cabinets are nearly complete, and the oak countertops are in.  The glass tile backsplash was completed today.  We need to add some cabinet doors, install the appliances and cabinet hardware, then install the kickboards and wood flooring and it'll be ready for some new owners!

Stay tuned for more photos as we wrap this one up.  We've had so much fun doing this one, we're already looking for our next project!