The clients for this project liked their 1950’s-era home but needed more space for living, play and work. The new six-level addition overlooks the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The addition connects to the existing 1955 home at the central kitchen/dining area with modulated ceilings, skylights and a system of plywood built-ins.
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1700 SF home overlooking the Llano River. We used repurposed stone to build the core of the house with light wood-frame rooms on either side of it. The stone we mined from one of the client’s ancestor’s home which had a unique back story of its own. The stone became the core of this small, modern ranch house, forming a large, wide central hall — the dog run — and providing a place to house bookshelves and fold-down bunks for guests. At either end of the dog-run are 5’x10′ windows that can be pivoted open to allow the entire space to be open to the outdoors and prevailing breeze.
The client, a venerable author and cook, asked us to incorporate simple, affordable white kitchen appliances for his kitchen. Out of that request, we developed a poor-man’s Jetson aesthetic of plastic white laminate, long-leaf pine and painted cabinets.
Tom worked for the prominent architectural office, Behnisch & Partners, in Stuttgart for 5 years in the early 1990’s. There he designed office buildings, schools, and other projects. At the Behnisch office, Tom refined a design method for solving rich and complex design problems, and learned the value of “open” model exploration.
Birdhouse for Silent Auction
Tom Hurt, AIA Contemporary Architecture