Stratford Creek Residence is a compact and energy-efficient home designed for a couple of empty nesters by Matt Garcia Design, nestled hillside in Austin, Texas. The clients wished to have a home that reduced their carbon footprint and retain design details that are most important, such as a relaxing living environment without clutter, spacious kitchen and enough space for entertaining. Although the homeowners love modern architecture, they wanted their home to reflect warmth through the use of local and natural materials. The goal was to design a home that effortlessly fits into its environment, with minimal, clean lines. The design takes advantage of the property’s dramatic hillside perch, which offers fabulous treetop and creekside views. The house seems like it is in the middle of nowhere, yet it is conveniently just five minutes for the downtown area. The front entryway is very inviting, situated at the rear of the home allowing guests to feel drawn into nature form the outdoor deck before entering the home. The ground level living and dining areas as well as the upper level master bedroom were designed to be at the back of the home to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The exterior of the residence was clad in cedar, adding to the contemporary tree house feel of the property. Designer Fern Santini selected a neutral color palette for the interiors, which encompassed white walls and smooth concrete flooring. Vibrance is added with the selection of colorful furnishings and art.
A covered outdoor deck on the upper level seems to be carved into the house, offering a relaxing sanctuary for the homeowner’s to enjoy the beauty that surrounds. The end result is an architecturally pleasing cedar and glass box home that is very engaging with nature and the creek below.
A separate adjacent guesthouse keeps the home more compact, offering two guest bedrooms for family and friends. A canopy connects the two structures, forming a carport. Sustainable feats includes solar panels, double-paned glass and plenty of insulation.
A fusion of indoor/outdoor spaces makes this home the perfect gathering spot to host family and friends.
The master bedroom retreat features expansive windows giving the sensation of floating above the treetops. The flooring gives warmth to the space, comprised of rift-sawn white oak. A stunning teak canopy bed and custom silk and wool area rug completes the aesthetic, creating a private sanctuary.
Photos: Casey Dunn
This Texas hill country retreat is a bright and open family getaway designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in the Frio cañon community along the Frio River. The area was designed as a legacy community, with 100 acres of wildlife preserve, its a wonderful area to bring up your family. With other families nearby, the object is for kids to grow up together with cookouts and movies under the stars. Then the children grow up, have their own kids and take over the property. The home was built as a vacation home for a family of five, conceived to connect to the scenic outdoors that surrounds it. As for the construction of the home, the homeowners did not want one large house that would be too showy, so instead they opted to have three individual, smaller buildings. With a more cottage-like feel the design allows for space for guests and keeps the property feeling more quaint. The main building houses a living room, dining and kitchen area. A separate cottage houses three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a kitchenette. The third structure houses a garage with guest quarters above. In total, there is 4,650 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The main structure has free flowing spaces with open alcoves. Deep set porches help to protect from the hot Texas sun, while still keeping the interiors bright and airy. In the center of the gathering area, a skylight was incorporated to diffuse light into the space. Designing with rustic building materials adds a camp-like aesthetic to the home. The wood hewn beams are re-purposed from an old Vermont barn. Some of the flooring material comes from locally sourced quarried stone, while the bedroom flooring is comprised of reclaimed oak that is almost 100 years old, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Have a look at some other Texas Hill Country homes featured here on 1 Kindesign: Modern compound in Texas hill country: Trahan Ranch and Beautiful Hill Country Residence in Austin.
With farmhouse style interiors designed by Blair Burton Interiors, the palette is very peaceful, with a continuous rustic theme running throughout. To bring in colors from the surrounding natural environment, shades of gray-blues and gray-greens were incorporated into the design scheme. The interior was conceived to be not only breathtaking, but also very durable, needing to withstand the wear and tear of kids living on a river environment. All the upholstery has been custom designed and easy maintenance. One of a kind pieces are strewn throughout the home, with some pieces hand picked from trips to places such as The Original Round Top Antiques Fair.
Builder David Dalgleish helped conceive the stonework that surrounds the living room fireplace. Custom doors conceals a television.
‘Photos: Nick Johnson
W. Creekside Residence is a beautiful farmhouse style family home that has been designed by Dillon Kyle Architecture, located in Houston, Texas. The home was originally a spec house that was built in the mid 1990s, surrounded by single story homes that were constructed in the 1950s. The architects updated and reconfigured the interiors to meet the needs of the homeowner’s lifestyle. The kitchen was renovated with much more simple, clean lines with a spacious center island, butcher block countertop and plenty of custom built-in cabinetry. The newly designed kitchen was integral to family living, as the hub of the home. So the space was made to be bright and airy, with its new proportions and clearly defined shape echoing the rest of the transformed interiors. “A curved ceiling demarcates this space relative to the living space, creating definition without separation.” A three-car garage was converted into a two-car garage to make room for a mudroom and the power room was relocated to another area of the home. In the living room, the position of the fireplace made the room difficult to furnish, so the design team had it removed from the space.
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The Butler’s Pantry features white cabinetry, marble countertops and a convenient swinging door with porthole.
The powder room features a custom concrete sink that designed by the architects and produced by a local craftsman.
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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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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
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