We were asked to redesign a small, 2-room apartment by a client who had decided to join the Westminster Senior Living Community in Austin.
The client wanted more space than she was able to get — due to demand and long wait-times for the larger apartments at the facility — so we set out immediately to increase the sense of space of this small apartment with whatever tools we had.
In addition to reconfiguring and modifying the bedroom and bath, we deployed built-in furniture and storage into nearly every wall thus freeing up more space for movement and creating the sense of there being more space than there originally was. We envisioned the apartment like a personal railroad car or ship cabin where every inch is well-considered and utilized.
Our office was asked to transform and expand a 1980’s-era attached duplex into 2 houses, or condominiums. We added 2nd-story master bedrooms to the front of the houses with new living areas below, and thus redefined the massing of the houses, their entrances, and sense of autonomy vis-a-vis each other. We played with the line between sameness and differentness of the units of this former duplex: we underscored that they are two mirror-imaging units of one larger structure, and at moments treated the fronts of each slightly differently, imparting to each homeowner a sense of uniqueness.
This project was a renovation and addition project, totaling 3100sf. Built in the 1950’s we renovated the house in 2003. All the walls in the kitchen/ utility area were removed to give way to a comprehensive cabinet / partition system. We embraced the 8′ ceiling, and enhanced the connection of living to the exterior by repositioning headers and beams from the area below the ceiling to the attic, replacing the ceiling with custom-milled fir, and stretching the front and back living room facades with a steel and glass door and window system. We added a screened pavilion and pool for entertaining.
1000 sq ft Additon to our River Road Project in Austin, Texas
Riverview Way House — a 4,500 sf renovation/addition to a one-story mid-century modern house, built in the 1950’s. Houston, Texas; Tangelwood neighborhood. 80% recycled rubber shingles make up the exterior cladding of the roof-top and 2nd floor additions.
Our client for this project has recently put this house on the market for sale. For more information about the house, please visit: 6127 Riverview Way
For this project, our client asked us to create a 1100sf small house, or rental apartment on the back side of an existing 1940’s house near the University of Texas campus.
We elected to put the 2 private bedrooms — for the likely independent university student tenants — on the ground floor, whose entrances are accessed off of a glowingly lit stair atrium. We envisioned the atrium to be outdoors and clad large parts of it with a Poly-Gal translucent wall system. We left parts of the wall framing exposed and clad other parts in plywood, moves which underscored the indoor-outdoor feeling of the stair area.
As you move to the second-level living, and view to the beloved UT Tower, you experience interior windows, and cladding which further blur the clear distinction between what is an indoor and outdoor space. Materials are simple, exposed, durable and not too precious in most cases: fitting and lasting we hope for the tenants who live there.
We built this modern home on a steep lot in West Austin. The roof over the carport welcomes the approaching driver, allowing the car to virtually enter the living-room space and share the canyon view. The parked cars rest over the kitchen and are visible and present from the living area. Our client, a family of 4, wanted an efficient house, 2150 SF,that carried a light ecological footprint. The house utilizes CMU thermal mass storage, a SIPS panel roof system and a 6.4 KW solar collector panel on the roof.
This 3004 sf. residence was designed in collaboration with Minguell-McQuary Architecture+Design. The design earned a 4 Star Green Building Rating from Austin Energy Green Building Program. The canopy material from 3-Form and the 80% recycled rubber shingles are just a few of the eco-friendly features of this project.
Tom Hurt, AIA Contemporary Architecture