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THIS COULD BE YOURS: part 5

Award-winning architects Minguell-McQuary designed and built this three-bedroom, two-bath house in the heart of East Austin’s hip Chestnut neighborhood—and it’s for sale. The 1700-square-foot two-story residence is sided with white-washed cedar and has a standing seam metal roof; inside, floors are polished concrete. Infrastructure has been left exposed and doubles as a design element throughout the house; smaller details, such as on the stairs, add sculptural emphasis. An open floor plan connects the public spaces to a large deck overlooking the green belt across the street, and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the home with natural light. Vaulted double-height volumes create a spacious feeling, while wall and ceiling articulations define individual rooms, making them seem at once both open as well as private. Wood floors soften the modern design and there are plenty of white walls to display your art collection. In the kitchen and baths, European cabinets, fixtures, and fittings complete the sleek finish-out.

Located at 2702 E. 12th St.; it could be yours for $695,000. See more at The Value of Architecture.

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View from the parking pad in front.

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Access to the yard is convenient to parking.

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A close-up of the cross detail on the two front windows.

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The staircase is central to both the house’s functionality as well as to its decor.

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The living room opens up onto the covered deck.

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Dining can be both informal at the counter, or formal at the table.

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A bar at the end of the concrete-topped kitchen island is handy for parties or a spur of the moment cocktail.

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Built-ins eliminate the need for a lot of furniture.

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It’s always a good morning in the light-flooded dining area.

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Cocktail time!

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The kitchen island is command central, a place where you can keep an eye on who’s coming and going.

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Structural elements make for good design in this house.

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The staircase as sculpture.

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An upstairs bedroom functions here as the music room.

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The master bedroom offers views inside and out.

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The deck overlooks a green belt across the street.

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