CRA’s B Austin Community Project receives 2018 Austin Green Award

We’re both humbled and honored that our B Austin Community Project received a 2018 Austin Green Award at last week’s Awards Celebration. Now in its third year, the Austin Green Awards recognizes inspirational green building, landscape, and infrastructure projects in Central Texas. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and we also wanted to thank all our team members for their hard work on this project including:

Arch Consulting (Structural Engineering), DBR (Mechanical Engineering), Water Renu (Graywater Design and Installation), Speir Innovations (Solar), Ben Goins with BPG Construction (Construction Management) and most importantly to our amazing clients, Will, Janice and Gray Godwin of B Austin Communities.

See more about this inspiring sustainable development on our website link below:  B Austin Community Portfolio Link

2018 Austin Green Awardees

 

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Project Portfolio: B Austin Community

Excited to share completed photos from our  B Austin Community Project!

Located in an up and coming area of South Austin, the dynamic concept for this mixed-use project is “Intentional Living”. Similar to co-housing, this project aims to take advantage of the excess capacities of overlapping programs and shared uses to foster a more sustainable lifestyle among its 14 residential suites. The roughly 22,000sqft complex consists of three stories of apartments, amenity spaces, and leasable offices grouped in two wood frame buildings arranged to shade a triangular courtyard. The complex is designed to meet the Austin Energy Green Building 4 Star Certification. The main apartment cluster has space designated for a solar array and integrated water harvesting. There is also be an amenity space designated for gatherings, exercise classes, lectures etc. The existing 4000 sqft professional office building will remain and will continue its current use but will also integrate the administrative offices for the new development. The site plan has been designed to to minimize impervious cover, protect the existing heritage trees on the property, and encourage pedestrian use, bike transportation and car sharing.

B Austin Community Project Portfolio

B Austin Community Aerial Video

 

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Project Portfolio: Palm Residence

Excited to share pictures of our recently completed Palm Residence built in the Hyde Park neighborhood with Mezger Homes!

Our Palm Residence takes inspiration from the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic and adapts it to the eclectic tastes of the contemporary client. A broad roof extends the visual perspective from the street corner deep into the urban lot where the main residence is set behind a private frontal entertainment court. Entry is compressed by a low ceiling that carries through the circulation of the home, allowing the main spaces the same expansive effect first encountered at the exterior. This is most greatly felt in the central living space peaked by a vaulted ceiling and articulated by exposed joists. The rest of the spaces pinwheel adjacent to this space with an office and powder, a formal dining set on the front corner, the kitchen on axis to the vault, access to the outdoor living area, and the private spaces all converging here. The master suite protrudes below the main roof form to provide a counter balance and to separate the vehicular access and utility areas from the outdoor entertainment space. A guest house shares the drive but includes its own carport, open deck space, and open floor plan capable of supporting a nearly completely separate living arrangement from the main home and maximizing the site density. The design purposely kept a quiet architectural palette and worked directly with the clients to develop a vibrant array of finishes and furnishings that display wonderfully in each space independently, and as a compelling whole.

Palm Residence Project Portfolio

Update: 06.11.2018  Excited to have our Palm Residence featured on HomeAdore.com today.  Follow this link  for more!

 

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CRA’s Tarrytown Residence featured in the April / May Issue of Austin Home Design and Decor

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Look for our Tarrytown Residence with Hudson Design Development and Rachel Horn Interiors in the April / May Issue of Austin Home Design and Décor Magazine.   Our Tarrytown Residence makes a great #farmhousemodern statement. We expand on the how we … Continue reading

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Clark Richardson Architects featured in the April / May Issue Western Art and Architecture Magazine


Excited to have our practice profiled in the April / May Issue of Western Art and Architecture Magazine!  The article, ‘Framing a Life’, overviews how our different backgrounds come together in a shared design philosophy as illustrated in our work.  Featured are images from our Lakeway Residence, Hyde Park – Avenue D Residence and Hyde Park – Avenue F Residence.

Look for it on the newsstands or follow the link to the digital article.

 

 

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Understanding City of Austin’s Fee in Lieu Sidewalk Requirements


Designing how an urban home meets the street is an important part of what we do here at Clark Richardson Architects and a big part of that intersection is the choice to build or not to build a pedestrian sidewalk in front of your home.   In 2008, City of Austin passed an ordinance requiring that any new residential home, or expansion of a home over 50% of its existing square footage must be in compliance with the City’s sidewalk ordinance.  Per CoA, There are three avenues of compliance outlined below :  sidewalk construction, fee in-lieu, or a waiver (from the fee and construction).

1) If you’d like to build the sidewalk simply depict its location on your residential plan review and a DS, or driveway-sidewalk permit,  will be generated with the approved building permit.  The sidewalk should be 4’ wide, 2 feet off the property line within the right of way.  The person who does the work must be licensed and bonded to work in the City’s right-of-way.   The permit is issued at 3701 Lake Austin Blvd between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm.

2) If you do not wish to install a sidewalk, you may qualify to pay into the sidewalk fund if your site:

a)is on a block where less than 50% of the lots have a sidewalk, b)is in a subdivision that does include a sidewalk requirement, and c)does not contain more than two residential units.

The sidewalk fee is $7.50/sq ft of sidewalk (a 4′ walk minus the driveway).  Please note that the fund is used to install sidewalks within the neighborhood which the house is located, but not necessarily in front of the house itself. The funds will be used to implement the adopted neighborhood plan, the City Pedestrian Master Plan, and to make connections to places such as schools, parks, transit, and the like.  If the money is not used within ten years, it can be refunded to you at your request.

3) A third option, a sidewalk waiver, relieves a site from installation and the sidewalk fee. In order to qualify for a sidewalk waiver:

a) The site cannot be in an approved neighborhood plan where sidewalks have been identified for installation/upgrade.b) The street cannot rank high on the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan.c) The site must be 1/2 mile away from any pedestrian generating use: a church, bus route, bus stop, school (public or private), park, community center, non-residential uses.d) The site’s land use and density should not be conducive to pedestrian access.

 

 

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CRA receives 2017 Austin NARI CoTY Award for Treehouse Residence

Excited that our Treehouse Residence received a 2017 Austin NARI CoTY Award last week for the Whole House Renovation / Addition category.  See this portfolio link below for more on this addition / renovation to a 1930’s era Central Austin Bungalow.

Treehouse Residence Project Portfolio

Update: 2.01.2018: We’re also excited to announce that this residence was  awarded as a SW Regional Winner in the National NARI Coty Awards this month.

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