The convenient location of this large lot in west Austin attracted the new owners Matt and Paige Shoberg, but the existing 1980’s-era suburban brick house didn’t align with the couple’s modern aesthetic, nor did it take advantage of the wooded natural setting. They sought help from Furman+Keil Architects, who suggested a remodel and addition that retained the core of the original structure and simplified the exterior by removing extraneous gables and appendages. While Matt, a home builder, executed the architects’ vision for the new additions and completely reconfigured the interior, Paige worked with interior designer Wendy Williamson to select finishes and furnishings.
The front of the stucco-steel-and glass house was re-imagined with a modern volume containing master bedroom and gym, connecting to the main house with a dramatic steel-and-glass bridge that houses the dining room.
The bridge connects the existing structure to one of the home’s two new wings. Tim Benton and Luke Webber of Land Restoration installed the landscaping.
Furman+Keil’s design brings a fresh material clarity to the house. On the exterior, stucco covers the old brick, retaining the thickness of the masonry and providing a blank canvas for capturing shadows and light. Standing-seam metal roofing and siding brings a contemporary feel to the composition.
Pivoting cypress shou sugi ban front door is by Delta Millworks. The entry rug is by Kyle Bunting.
The interior is simply defined with white walls, walnut casework, steel detailing, and slate and wood floors, giving a hardy new life to this house for a young family with three active boys. Walnut cabinetry by Precision Woodcrafting.
A light-filled living room and kitchen were added to the back of the house, opening to a new covered outdoor living space and negative-edge pool with views into the woods.
Detail of the bridge.
The addition in back improved the flow of the house, and allowed it to serve double duty both as a family house and as a space for frequent indoor-outdoor entertaining.
The metal roof is from Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply; builder Shoberg installed the pool, designed by Furman+Keil Architects.
The entry was reconfigured to bring guests into the heart of the house, where a curved staircase is a reference to the former design.
MDC wallpaper from Stockton Hicks Laffey; live-sawn hardwood flooring from Hardwood Design Co.
Master bath with cabinetry by Precision Woodcrafting.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DROR BALDINGER
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