Under the guidance of Matt Fajkus Architecture the renovation of this 2-bedroom, 2-and-½-bath dwelling in Central Austin morphed into a much more extensive project than originally envisioned. Working with Texas Construction Company, the homeowner had asked for a master bath addition and outdoor shower, and new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems. During demolition the team discovered that the house’s framing was termite-infested and the decision was made to take the house down to the studs. There was an upside: Layout changes that had not been considered before, such as an open kitchen floor plan, were now possible. Interior design by Joel Mozersky.
Basic tenets of modern design–such as an open floor plan, abundant natural light, and a seamless connection indoors to outdoors—were honored in the renovation of this 1506-square-foot house now endowed with diverse views, expansive social spaces, and varied connections to the outdoors.
Fajkus raised the ceiling heights in the public area of the house, adding clerestory windows on the south, west, and north sides.
In addition to bringing light into the house, the exposed roof structure defines functionality and, because it extends beyond the exterior walls, connects interior spaces to the outdoor spaces
Homeowner Ron Rendon at work in his new kitchen.
The tongue and groove wood ceiling continues out to the soffit to visually dissolve the limits of enclosure—the kitchen tile also extends outside to a privacy panel. In an effort to bring the outdoors in intimate patios were created for both public and private areas.
Custom tile, custom cabinetry, concrete floors, smooth drywall, masonry work, and simple trim details make the home relate to its original design stylistically.
A balance of natural light, simple materials, and flows are integrated with controlled views and atmospheric variation.
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