Some people are drawn to the drama. This particular client, in a vibrant South Austin neighborhood, wanted their project to have that touch of extravagance. Once a duplex, this now two-story house was begging for more space and natural daylight. With a bigger kitchen and an expanded living room with floor to ceiling windows, we brought the outdoors in while kicking up the style.
Susan Terrell and Don Brode fell in love with the Zilker neighborhood while renting a home on Josephine Street. After some time living in the neighborhood, they decided to buy there. They found their 1956 home on Jessie Street by word of mouth—tipped off to the original owners who were looking for a young family to sell to. But not just any family. A family that would honor and love the home just as much as them. And that’s what they saw in Susan and Don.
Everything changes when you have a baby. The owners of this craftsman style home needed more space for their growing family so they transformed their original 844 square foot home into a two-story bungalow with extra bedrooms, two living spaces, outdoor entertaining and a carport for their vintage car.
Built in the early 1950’s, this home was constructed almost entirely out of concrete—walls, floor, and roof included. By rearranging several of the rooms and modifying the existing floor plan over the course of two separate owners and renovations, we added a new master bed and bath and upgraded the finishes throughout the house—all while striving for the highest standards of building green.
The owners of this tree-filled lot enjoy spending time outdoors—playing ball with their kids, grilling, and gardening—but their backyard didn’t accommodate their outdoor lifestyle. We gave them an outdoor oasis, complete with a pool, kitchen, firepit and more, to make their backyard the best room in the house.
This 1980’s era home had experienced several serious flooding events at the lowest point of the property—an unfortunate side effect of the dry creek running behind the yard. The owners combined their need to permanently fix these issues with their desire to update the home’s finishes, which resulted in a dramatic total interior and exterior home transformation.
The homeowners of this 1962 house in trendy south Austin needed more room—for themselves, for their pets, and for their extensive collections. We gave them a home that fit their modern tastes, as well as their collectibles, in this total home renovation.
This three-story hillside home was used as a weekend retreat until it suffered major water damage from burst pipes on the upper level. The owners wanted to correct the structural issues, open up the compartmentalized common rooms, and update the finishes in a contemporary style. Now the home is a serene, high-end getaway, perfect for enjoying the sweeping views of the Central Texas Hill Country.
Avid birdwatchers and gardeners, these clients wanted their outdoor space to shine. The original entryway and courtyard of this home wasn’t reflecting the homeowner's’ love of the outdoors, so we added new gates and fencing, plus an expansive screened in porch, to bring the outdoors closer than ever before.
With only one bath shared between this couple and their teenage son, it was time to make a change. The owners wanted a private master bath, a separate bath for their son, and the convenience of the washer and dryer located close to the closets on the second level. Not only is the new master bath more functional, but also provides the perfect showcase for these clients' Moroccan collectibles.
This professional couple with young children enjoy the amenities of living in the central city with easy access to their offices, neighborhood parks, and shops. They wanted to improve the home’s layout and traffic flow, create more direct access to the backyard, upgrade the kitchen, and add a second story—all with the highest level of energy efficiency possible.
This central Austin couple returned from vacation to find their master suite flooded from a burst pipe - talk about difficult re-entry to daily life! We initially consulted with them to repair and renovate their bathroom, but as the design developed they realized they could turn this mishap into an opportunity. Instead of making remedial repairs to a compromised space, they decided to transform their entire home.
Located on a double lot, this period house was built in 1940 with two bedrooms and one bath. The family, including two kids, needed more bedrooms—with a separation between the parents and the kids. By drastically increasing the square footage with two new wings, we gave this family the space they needed to make their home work.
Down a hill, nestled next to the Austin greenbelt sits a two-story house in the Lost Creek neighborhood. Built in 1989, the homeowners felt that it was time to update and remodel their kitchen, to better fit their needs for cooking and entertaining and to reflect their elegant traditional style.
The kitchen of this 1890’s Victorian home, on the National Register of Historic Places, didn’t fit the needs of the clients or match the historic flavor of the home. Though the owners wanted to keep the current floor plan of the kitchen, including space for an eat-in table, they also wanted all new finishes and fixtures to completely modernize the space’s functionality.
This guest bathroom at the end of a once-dark interior hallway was an eyesore in these clients’ mid-century, traditional ranch-style home. Guests arriving in the entry hall are inevitably afforded a view down this interior hallway—one that terminates at the open door to the bathroom. Since the only natural light into the hall is through the open door of the bath, the renovation focused on making the view of the room beautiful from the entry hall, while bringing in much needed natural light.
This in-fill project for a retired couple features a compact single family residence with a detached garage apartment. As one of our custom home projects, we built this couple the home they desired from the ground up. The result is a low maintenance, energy-efficient home in a Bungalow/Craftsman style that’s compatible with the varied but historic character of its North University neighborhood.