A long-time Austin couple did what many have done or are tempted to do—move to a downtown high-rise to enjoy an urban lifestyle. The experiment didn’t bring the enjoyment they had expected and so they bought an 90s-era ‘builder’ home in West Austin and asked Patrick Ousey and Pam Chandler of FAB Architecture to help them renovate it.
FAB’s mission was to improve some basic grievances that centered on storage and laundry needs as well as kitchen function. But Ousey and Chandler also sought to bring a sense of ease to the home through the use of an understated palette of materials and details.
Opposite the kitchen from the dining room Ousey and Chandler added a wall of cabinets and access to additional storage under the stairs, all concealed with horizontal poplar tongue and groove siding.
The kitchen remained generally in the same location but its organization was completely transformed, opening it up to the main dining space while maintaining its connection to the existing breakfast room and creating a rear entrance from the garage.
Another view of the kitchen.
The kitchen features an open pantry that is concealed from view behind the volume that houses the range.
The ‘back of house’ breakfast bar.
Access to the garage.
The architectural changes provide a simple backdrop for the client’s classic collection of furnishings.
View from kitchen into the living room.
In the living room the fireplace mass was re-designed and rendered in a three-coat steel-troweled plaster.
Living space is extended courtesy of a patio.
Landing in stairwell leading to the second floor.
The master bedroom ceiling displays the same poplar tongue and groove paneling found in the kitchen.
More poplar in the master bath.
Entry doors were replaced with steel doors with pixelated stained glass panes.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK JOHNSON
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