Austin - 2012
Located at the lowest point of the property, with a dry creek running behind the yard, this 1980's era home had experienced several serious flooding events that the owners wanted to permanently fix, as well as updating the finishes, transforming the home's interior and exterior appearance, and adding more square footage.
The two-story home was almost completely gutted, a process that including removing the roof entirely. Additions occurred primarily to the rear and south side of the home. An extensively xeriscaped landscape plan for the entire lot includes a new system of berms designed to redirect floodwaters away from the house and to the creek in back.
This finished home has two characters: a regional, rustic charm on the exterior and a sophisticated, contemporary elegance on the interior. The exterior features a mix of stone, siding, painted brick, a standing seam metal roof, and windows protected by large awnings supported by steel brackets. Inside, the home is characterized by compositions of overlapping forms and a mix of materials, including sparkling black granite countertops immediately adjacent to cast concrete bars. Touches of structural steel appear at the stringers supporting the floating stair treads, and above the bar where they conceal recessed track lights. Rich mesquite floors that run throughout much of the first floor and extend upstairs unify this large and eclectic project.
The result of this renovation is a spacious, contemporary home that fits the lifestyle of this active family. The innovative mix of forms and finishes were accomplished with a high degree of craftsmanship and careful detailing. Most importantly, there are multiple safeguards in place to protect the owners’ investment from even the severest of storms!