Westlake Homestead is a contemporary remodel and addition to an existing treetop home that has been designed by Michael Hsu Office Of Architecture in west Austin, Texas. The existing Fred-Day treetop home was modified to create a gourmet kitchen, an enlarged master closet, a laundry room, powder room, and a bridge to the addition. Other updates to the original house included an upgraded geothermal air-conditioning system, updates to make the envelope more energy efficient and expanding the front deck to accommodate dining. The addition, an elegant ‘shotgun’ style form, contains bedrooms, an exercise room, family room, garage and an herb garden. Using materials of glass, metal and concrete, the addition was placed at the back of the sloping lot so that it would not impede upon the unobstructed views to downtown and hill country beyond.
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Spanish Oaks Tour Home showcases a Texas Hill Country Contemporary style that makes the best of each space, designed by Cornerstone Architects in Austin, Texas. The property focuses on using a heavily treed lot and providing multiple indoor and outdoor living experiences. The experience of the home begins across a breezy Lanai, which opens to the courtyard and highlights a sitting area as well as a detached casita. The Foyer opens across to another outdoor living area featuring a one-of-a-kind “fire trough” that blends into the spa and serves as a contemporary fire pit for the backyard. Flanked on both sides by large doors and transoms, the home has the ability to open the courtyard through to the back of the house via the prime living areas. An especially stunning feature is the design of the sanctuary Master Bath. A glass pivot wall opens the slate and stone room, which features a hand-cut stone soaking tub, to a luxurious outdoor shower experience. Care was taken in every aspect of the home’s design, creating each space to be distinctive, providing a unique feature or experience.
The Great Room features a stunning stone fireplace wall with slivers of inset wood to create a beautiful sculpture across the wall.
The master bath is far from ordinary in this exquisite home; it is a spa sanctuary. An especially stunning feature is the design of the bathtub/shower area. Here, the owners can use the glass pivot wall to open the slate and stone room for a luxurious outdoor shower experience with the beauty of nature. The glass pivot wall also allows for the “fire trough”, designed in the outdoor living space near the pool, to tie into the sanctuary master bath for the utmost relaxing ambiance. The bath features a hand-cut, stone soaking tub, which is filled like a waterfall from its faucet in the ceiling above. From the master suite, walking into the master bath feels like a secret, hidden retreat; and once inside, it opens up to a truly beautiful and relaxing spa sanctuary.
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This gorgeous home recalls the scale and charm of a comfortable modern farm house, which has been designed by Tim Cuppett Architects in Austin, Texas. The dwelling is set on a beautiful property with lots of trees adding privacy and shade. The spacious two-storey interior features cozy and welcoming design with warm wooden flooring throughout, neutral color scheme with colorful texture and materials flourishing around every corner.
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Spanish Oaks Residence is a stunning coastal contemporary home designed by Cornerstone Architects to evoke a coastal design feeling while maintaining a Hill Country style native to its environment in Austin, Texas. The final design resulted in a beautifully minimalistic, transparent, and very inviting home. The light exterior stucco paired with geometric forms and contemporary details such as galvanized brackets, frameless windows and linear railings achieved the exact coastal contemporary look the clients desired. The open floor plan visually connects multiple rooms to each other, creating a seamless flow from the formal living, kitchen and family rooms and ties the upper floor to the lower. This transparent theme even begins at the front door and extends all the way through to the exterior porches and views beyond through large frameless windows. The overall design is kept basic in form, allowing the architecture to shine through in the detailing. The sensational interior design was carried out by Joy Kling Interior Design, offering warm and welcoming textures and materials.
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The Rollingwood Residence is a contemporary property designed by Chioco Design in Austin, Texas. This spectacular home thoroughly reflects the needs, habits and lifestyle of the homeowners, Kelly and Lino Mendiola and their two daughters as well as their beagle-mix. The family had originally planned to remodel, but instead decided to break ground on a total redesign with the primary goal of opening their living environment to its natural surroundings. The architect designed a home that created a beautiful dialogue between the outside elements and interior living space of this new family dream home. They wished to preserve as much of the unbuilt land as possible, taking advantage of the property’s existing Live Oak trees and sloping lawns. On approach to this incredible home is a study in interlocking linear volumes defined by right angles, vertical glazing and lush, elevated steel planters.
Just beyond the entry is a combination of stairway, reading nook, double-height bookshelves and library ladder, which are all visually dynamic in a space framed by natural light and warm, oak-paneled walls. The architects challenge was to achieve the contemporary look while accommodating the practical needs of the family with an intimate, yet comfortably spacious design. The owners themselves were not big fans of modern design, yet they wanted to create a house that was of its time and they had faith that the architect could make modern feel “homey”. The homeowners also wanted to have an adjacent guest room that operates as a functional small apartment with a kitchen, dining, bed and bath and living area for their aging parents. Both the primary den and side suite look out to the rear pool area and backyard. The landscape was designed to provide the family with numerous peaceful views from varies vantage points around the home.
The transparent corridor connects the main house to the guest quarters and pool, creating a sense of continuity between the home’s diverse elements.
The combination of rich woods with angular lines softens the modernist aesthetic that informs the architecture of the Mendiolas’ home.
Once Chioco and the Mendiolas decided to design a tall bookcase, the idea of a cozy, yet functional reading nook was a natural next step.
The floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinets continue the system of wood volumes that also influences the stairwell and office.
The custom kitchen island is made entirely from a single slab of walnut that turns down on either side to support the top, featuring live edges and lending an organic feel to this central area of the home.
Rather than building a large room, Chioco opened the Mendiolas’ bedroom to the courtyard, creating a bright and comfortable space.
The materials used throughout the home continue into the bathroom, which Chioco notes, “was meant to be spa-like, with plenty of natural light.”
“The house during the evening is more dramatic,” Chioco observes. “I think it lights up quite nicely.”
Ultimately, the homeowners wanted their new home to reflect the modern sensibility of urban living while enjoying the benefits of suburban-sized space. The successful redesign offers a welcoming place for intimate family gatherings and casual get-togethers with the neighbors in a warm, light-filled home just minutes from downtown Austin.
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Goodrich Residence is a mid-century modern renovation and addition to a 1930′s home by Chioco Design in Austin, Texas. The home was originally 900 square feet, where the architect entered the project and doubled the area of the home to 2,200 square feet. Some of the major changes in the home included adding a contemporary master suite and completely updating almost all of the interior spaces. The main exterior living space includes a new pool and deck.
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This Spanish Oaks Hacienda is a showcase home in Austin, Texas that has been designed by JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors. With incredibly stunning modern design, the residence uses its 9,000 square feet artfully, creating functional living spaces. Natural light and outdoor connecting spaces help the flow of this home throughout the entire plans.
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Bentwater Residence is a stunning Spanish inspired home sprawled out over 8,800 square feet nestled on Lake Conroe, near The Woodlands, Texas right outside Houston. The home has been designed by JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors, mixing rustic Spanish with modern and simple designs.
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Villa Nuevo is contemporary glass walled home perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Travis in northwest Austin, Texas. The house was built in 2009 and designed by Austin-based Webber + Studio, Architects, who specialize in minimalist, contemporary style. The design is ecological: the house’s power, for example, is generated by rooftop solar panels; there’s also a rainwater collection system and solar heating for the pool. The main house has an open and airy layout, with 11-foot ceilings and walls of windows in the great room facing the lake. Most of the floors are bamboo; some are poured concrete. The kitchen is by Bulthaup, a German company known for its functional design.
Two of the main house’s bedrooms are currently used as offices. The master suite opens to a private outdoor hot tub. Tucked off the center hall is a library with built-in wood shelves. The 4,400 square foot house is primarily single-level, but there’s a sunken exercise room built into the property’s slope. Across a covered courtyard is a three-bedroom guesthouse, designed along the same lines as the main house. Between the main house and guesthouse is a covered, walled-in courtyard with a pool and a hot tub. A catwalk-like deck wraps around the main house, with a cantilevered sitting area. A private path leads to the lake and a boathouse. The 11-acre lot includes four acres of land; the remainder is underwater.
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Residence 1414 is an impressive home renovation in Austin, Texas carried out by Miró Rivera Architects. The original 1940s house had suffered an unfortunate addition in the 1980s. The backyard views were blocked by a heavy fireplace and small windows; meanwhile a fenced-in pool, brick terraces, and roofed arcade all served to divide rather than unify the landscape. MRA’s goal was to restore the exterior of the 5,700 square foot house in this historic neighborhood while transforming the interiors to bring in light and provide a better connection with the exterior.
A simple material palette was used to maintain a balance between the traditional aspects of the original house and the modern updates required by this family of four. The garage was renovated to include an upper level gym, guest alcove, and terrace. Below the terrace an outdoor living space activates a previously neglected yard. A Sol Lewitt sculpture, visible from the main rooms of the house, increases the depth of the yard and provides a crisp and geometric focal point.
Photos: Courtesy of Miró Rivera Architects