Helen Thompson
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RENOVATION MAGIC

Patrick Ousey and Pam Chandler of FAB Architecture, didn’t intentionally make renovations their niche but the two architects have worked their magic on many unlovable houses, such as a clunky 5000-square-foot Hill Country-style residence in Austin. The late-90s ranch house is sited in natural splendor, but the engineer-designed four-bedroom, three-bath structure ignored its surroundings. That flaw was particularly irksome for one of the homeowners, an avid gardener.

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The architects created a dramatic floating Lueders limestone-and-granite fireplace in the living room that’s capped with a black Paint Grip chimney surround. They worked with Royce Flournoy of Texas Construction Company on the project.

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The dining room is now located where the kitchen once was; it benefits from the new wall of steel-and-glass windows that shed light on the oak dining table that’s accompanied by cognac leather Walter Knoll dining chairs.

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The sofa in the living room is custom by FAB Architecture; the puzzle-shaped Minotti coffee table allows for various seating options.

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Quarter-sawn white oak floors unite the dining and living spaces now separated from each other by a painted poplar floating wall that also hides storage.

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Now plated with black steel and highlighted by a plaster surround, the fireplace was moved five feet to the right and centered in the living room, a book end to the black Paint-grip-covered stove hood on the opposite wall.

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Chandler mixed high and low design such as the breakfast nook’s Saarinen table that’s accompanied by four teal chairs from a big box store (Home Goods).

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A seasonal porch was at the top of the homeowners’ must-have list. Enclosed in a steel-gridded glass box—two sides of which lead out from the living room and kitchen.

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Lower kitchen cabinets are covered in black Paint Grip, referencing the same material that’s found elsewhere in the house. It’s a “live” material and the architects expect its surface to change with age.

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Brass detailing on the Paint Grip-clad stove hood is a formal touch that also responds to the brass hardware on the drawers.

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The study is outfitted with a vintage Saarinen chairs and table.

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An outdoor kitchen is lined with Paint Grip siding, its modern lines a companion to the elegant profile of the kitchen’s cabinetry, visible through a glass wall.

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The seasonal porch is anchored by a wood-burning stove and a flagstone floor. It’s also air-conditioned, so that the glass doors can slide back and double the size of the living space.

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A George Zupp painting in the master bedroom is from Scott+Cooner.

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The sleek porcelain sculptural tub in the master bath is offset by an earthy Turkish rug and walnut side table and vanity chair.

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Looking outside into the master bath.

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The brass-and-steel master bathroom mirrors are custom from FAB; the “Historic” glazed brick tile is a glossy backdrop.

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Ousey and Chandler opted to open the house with a motif of steel-gridded windows, placed at strategic points throughout the limestone rubble-and-stucco building.

BUILDER: Texas Construction Company

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DROR BALDINGER

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