This magnificent hillside retreat has been designed as an 8,000 square foot family vacation home by Dick Clark + Associates, overlooking Lake Travis, in Austin, Texas. Built as a retreat for the whole family, which encompasses parents with three kids in their twenties, to get together and spend time together from their busy daily lives. After careful deliberation, the chosen style of the home was clean and modern, planned out as an H-shape with two separate wings for public and private zones. Clerestory windows allows light to penetrate the spaces while at the same time giving privacy from neighboring homes. The north side of structure is open to the lake to take in the magnificent views. A hallway with sliding glass panels can be opened to the outdoors, which intersects a central courtyard and leads to the bedrooms, which has pool and patio views. The home juts out towards the lake with a deck that includes a jacuzzi, cantilevering over the lake, which is 80 feet below. A tram allows access to the water from this point. Golden limestone saturates the exterior courtyards as well as the interior passageways. Another special feature with a modern appeal to the home was a copper clad elevated fitness room with a butterfly roof.
Working closely with Karen Hall Interior Design for the interior selections of the home, the color palette started with art selections for the wall, and then they drew off of that. Mostly abstract works were chosen, in keeping with the clean lines and contemporary nuances. Designer modern furnishings were mixed with more comfortable pieces, all of which needed to be durable and stand up staining. Therefore, finishes of leather, textured cotton and area rugs comprised of silk or wool were selected. The end result was an inviting and uncluttered atmosphere that doesn’t interrupt the unparalleled lake views.
What do you think of this family retreat? Do you find it too over the top or just perfect? Love lake houses, we here at 1 Kindesign have featured plenty in the past, here are a couple: Fabulous vacation retreat above Lake Austin: Compound Interest and Cove House displays comfort and beauty overlooking Lake Austin.
Photos: Courtesy of Dick Clark + Associates and Luxe Source
Windsor Residence is the restoration and addition of a Spanish Colonial Revival house by Clayton & Little Architects, perched on a steep site in West Austin, Texas. From its privileged location, the home offers amazing city views from every level. In keeping with the historical references of the old home, the architects honored the structure’s past and gave it a facelift. The new owners had exquisite taste and style, driving the project to excellence. The roofline features a “sweeping eyebrow, delineating old from new and opens the attic room toward Austin.” Lush landscaping envelopes the home with potted plants, cozy seating areas and a stunning cliffside pool. The interiors of this inviting residence received a complete overhaul, defined by smooth plaster walls, warm, dark wood planked flooring and wood trim around the windows and doorways. There a many beautiful details showcased throughout, including stained glass in the master bathroom shower, graceful arches in the kitchen, lovely wrought iron fixtures, lighting, handrails and fireplace covers.
A beautifully designed open concept is featured in the above picture, with the kitchen, dining area and living space conveniently connected to each other. With its lovely interest and beautifully landscaped property, this is the perfect home to invite family and friends to spend the day or have a fun dinner party. What do you think of this gracefully re-designed Spanish Colonial home?
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Photos: Courtesy of Clayton & Little Architects
Spring Creek Residence consists of a modern update and addition to a typical 1960’s ranch house by Clayton&Little Architects, located in South Austin, Texas. The homeowner’s brief was to have a new master suite designed and attractive curb appeal. An addition was created in the converted garage to house the bedroom, that is adjoined by a walkway flooded by natural light. The addition features a single sloped roof that allows for soaring ceilings and additional windows to encourage light to flood in from the pool courtyard. Beautiful spaces were created in the new master bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom. Sliding glass doors spills directly onto the backyard with meticulous landscaping and a very large sparkling swimming pool, perfect for the hot summer months. The exterior facade of the garage conversion was also given an update, with a new painted cement board over existing brick to create a more cheerful appearance. A new weathered steel fence completes the look of the updated exterior.
A welcoming new entryway was creating for the homeowner’s with circular stepping stones and a beautiful weathered fence. The red trim around the front door draws your eyes to the entry, beckoning guests into the ranch house. This home is the perfect example of how just doing some small updates to your home can really create a more attractive feel and that sometimes an old house with old memories is worth updating instead of moving into a new one! What do you think, do you like the updates made this Austin home?
Here on 1 Kindesign we have written several articles on renovations and additions, want to see more? Have a look here.
Photos: Courtesy of Clayton&Little Architects
Tree House is a residence comprised of three pavilions positioned around a live oak tree, completed in 2014 by Matt Fajkus Architecture, located in Austin, Texas. The oak tree serves as the focal point to the exterior of the u-shaped home, helping to create a division between the public and private areas, at the same time offering views of the tree and natural surroundings. The three wings offers 2,766 square feet (257 square meters) of living space, while their positioning around the oak tree creates an outdoor living space for the homeowners and guests to congregate.
Description from the architects: Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the 518 Sacramento Drive house design. The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.
Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces.
In plan, the home is organized into clear zones of public and private function, allowing the center courtyard with the primary tree to negotiate the connection between either realm. The layout is arranged to optimize function and experience, where each daily behavior is considered in connection with the next, resulting in a holistic and flowing composition, rather than just a collection of rooms.
The upper story is clad in stucco, articulated as a floating white box to pronounce a street presence and act as a veritable “tree house” for the children’s bedroom zone.
An integrated board formed concrete planter denotes a spatial separation between the living room and the kitchen/dining space, while still allowing connection between the overlapping realms. The skylight allows natural light to penetrate deep into the space.
The master suite is as much about its opening to the small yard as it is about the enclosed space it captures. The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling is an accent which continues to the exterior soffit, blurring the lines between inside and outside.
The courtyard around the tree terraces down to the yard, acting as a natural amphitheater for gatherings and performances within the wings of the house.
This design is carefully calibrated to allow internal views on the small lot and various amounts of direct and indirect natural light. Each space has more than one type of opening to allow for various connections to the outside and thus nature.
Massing is composed as two single-story wings which wrap the primary existing Live Oak tree on the site. The 2-story “window wall” maximizes the use of inexpensive windows which frame various views to the tree while creating a rich elevation and allowing for the harvesting of daylight to the entry zone. The upper portion of the wall tapers and folds back to allow the tree canopy to extend and grow.
Composed as a functional container for life and experience, the circulation space is intended for passage and informal activities, rather than corridors.
The courtyard design capitalizes on the dappled light from the preserved Live Oak tree, which animates exterior and interior spaces at different times through the day. Each space in the house has a special intended relationship with the tree and its perceived space.
The windows act as playful apertures which activate the courtyard space at night, showcasing the preserved Live Oak.
Ski Shores Lakehouse is a modest weekend lake house that has been skillfully designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, located in Austin, Texas. The spirit of traditional Texas dogtrot-style architecture is modernly refined in this retreat.
Description from the architect: Two volumes flank a central porch that’s naturally cooled by lake breezes, capped on each end by tall, swinging gates for privacy and security, and anchored by a substantial outdoor dining table.
On one side, a sleek, modern kitchen is minimal in material but heavy on style and storage. A sunken living room— highlighted by rich warm wood underfoot — exudes comfort and is the ideal spot to escape the Texas summer heat. On the other side of the porch, cozy bedrooms balance the house, featuring big windows offering views of the Texas landscape.
The home’s materials were sourced regionally and chosen to last; exterior walls made of gray Texas Lueders Limestone mix with Southern yellow pine to create a natural palette that requires no maintenance. It’s a weekend getaway the homeowner can enjoy for decades to come.
Photos: Casey Dunn
The Tree House is a contemporary single family private residence that was designed by Miró Rivera Architects, located in beautiful Austin, Texas. Early sketches of this home explore the play between the steep, sloping site on which it lies and two curving rooflines—one concave and one convex.
The local and natural materials of the exterior wrap into the interior of the home; stone walls and dark wood floors are contrasted by clean lines and glass above, creating the feeling of lightness. Large glass windows and sliding doors take full advantage of the sweeping views of downtown Austin, dissolving the boundaries between interior and exterior, while deep overhangs frame views of the sky above.
At the street front, the concave roof forms a low, unassuming facade that respects the scale of the neighborhood and provides privacy for bedrooms and studies. Simultaneously, the convex roof shared by the living, dining, and kitchen spaces opens the interior of the house to a canopy of oak trees and a small pool.
Miró Rivera Architects (MRA) is an internationally-recognized architecture practice that has created a body of work that exemplifies design excellence, blurs art and architecture, and includes poetic and inspirational projects that enrich their landscapes. Services include: residential, commercial and institutional architecture; urban design; and interior design.
Photos: Miró Rivera Architects
Barton Hills Residence is a sensational contemporary property designed by A Parallel Architecture, nestled into a hilltop in Barton Hills, South Austin, Texas. This 2,700 square foot new-construction home boasts panoramic views of downtown and the surrounding valley. A half-sunken concrete garage creates a plinth for the wood and glass home to perch above, maintaining a scale and character consistent with the mid-century-modern neighborhood.
An open-plan living space enjoys the distant views as well as private courtyard views to the rear, reinforcing the indoor/outdoor character that the clients’ lifestyle demands.
A second story master suite opens onto a large roof deck that further embraces the vista and creates a flexible outdoor living space. Passive green-building strategies and energy-efficient specifications ensure a low-impact, low-maintenance structure.
Photos: Topher Ayrhart
Cascading Creek House is a contemporary single family residence that has been designed by Bercy Chen Studio, located in Austin, Texas. The property was conceived less as a house and more as an extension and outgrowth of the limestone and aquifers of Central Texas. Just recently completed, this 11,796 square foot home incorporates plenty of sustainable features including photovoltaics, rainwater collection and hydronic heating and cooling. The beautiful contemporary design details carried out throughout the home was the meticulous work of Alan Cano Interiors.
The primary formal gesture of the project inserts two long native limestone walls to the sloping site, serving as spines for the public wing and private wing of the house. The walls and the wings they delineate shelter a domesticated landscape that serves as an extended living space oriented towards the creek below and protected from the torrents of water draining from the street above during sudden downpours characteristic of the area.
The sitting of the boundary walls and building elements was informed by the presence and preservation of three mature native oaks. The roof structure is configured so as to create a natural basin for the collection of rainwater, not unlike the vernal pools found in the outcroppings of the Texas Hill Country. These basins harness additional natural flows through the use of photovoltaic and solar hot-water panels.
The water, electricity and heat which are harvested on the roof tie into an extensive climate conditioning system which utilizes water source heat pumps and radiant loops to supply both the heating and cooling for the residence. The climate system is connected to geothermal ground loops as well as pools and water features thereby establishing a system of heat exchange, which minimizes reliance on electricity or gas.
Photos: Bercy Chen Studio
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