Here’s a preview of just one of the houses on the AIA Austin Homes Tour this weekend. There are 11 others, so come early and stay late!
Elizabeth Baird is the architect for this new-construction project in East Austin; builder is Texas Construction Company. The owners wanted a bungalow-style dwelling that would fit stylistically in their rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. The one-story, 1700-square-foot main house and a 550-square-foot garage apartment blends in with its surroundings but also stands out for its design.
On the front exterior, white siding is punctuated with pops of color on the front door and window frames, creating a contrast with the gravel, steel, concrete, and native plants in the low-maintenance landscaping.
Inside, the vaulted ceilings and painted wood floors add drama to the mostly white interiors, which feature custom furnishings and works commissioned by local artists.
Life here centers around entertaining—small private dinner parties and family events. Day-to-day the owners enjoy cooking together and watching television.
To keep the layout concise, the architect placed the public spaces—including an open-concept kitchen and living area—on the left side of the house, with the two bedrooms and two baths on the right side.
Architect Baird assisted with the interior finishes and lighting. Interior designer was Robert Smith.
The custom floor tile pattern was created by architect Baird in a cost-effective hexagonal tile product.
At the rear of the house, large windows and a covered porch help create a connection between the interior and exterior while also making the house feel more spacious.
The light and bright garage apartment, which is delineated by a decorative wood screen, is a private haven thanks to windows that were carefully situated to block views to the adjacent main house but still provide plenty of natural light. It sits above a two-car carport and was designed based on the home owner’s previous experience of living in a garage apartment.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAKE HOLT
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