Helen Thompson
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MID-CENTURY MARVELOUS

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.

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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.

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Fajkus raised the ceiling heights in the public area of the house, adding clerestory windows on the south, west, and north sides.

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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

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Homeowner Ron Rendon at work in his new kitchen.

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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.

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Custom tile, custom cabinetry, concrete floors, smooth drywall, masonry work, and simple trim details make the home relate to its original design stylistically.

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A balance of natural light, simple materials, and flows are integrated with controlled views and atmospheric variation.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MATT FAJKUS ARCHITECTURE AND TWIST TOURS.

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