CRA’s B-Austin Project released as an Austin Energy Green Building Case Study!

 

We are honored that our B-Austin multi-use project has been released as a case study for the Austin Energy Green Building program! The AEGB has been a highly successful sustainable building program for Central Texas since 1990, cultivating innovation in building and transportation for the enrichment of the community’s environmental, economic, and human well-being. B-Austin achieved a 4-Star rating featuring on-site solar, grey water harvesting, urban farming, integrated wellness, and much more. See our website for further information!

 

Two CRA Projects Receive National Recognition via the 2019 Master of Design Awards

We are MASTERS OF DESIGN for the second year in a row!

Excited to have two of our projects receive some national attention.  Our Cherry Lane Residence was awarded GOLD in the mid-range whole house remodel category.  Our Lake Austin Pool Cabana received a BRONZE award in the outdoor living category.

This is the cover of Qualified Remodeler Magazine, September 2019, featuring Cherry Lane! See pg. 32 for the project profile.  A big thanks to our build partners for their work on these two outstanding projects.

Project Portfolio: Explorer Residence

Excited to share finished pictures from our Explorer Residence with Peak Design Build LLC.

Our Explorer Residence in Lakeway, TX tames a difficult hillside site with a modern composition of spaces, forms, and materials. A front drive court enables separation from the roadway up the hill so the home feels very much in its own world. The main entry becomes a nexus for circulation up or down to private spaces, or flowing straight into the open communal spaces. A broad rear deck embraced by tree canopy overlooks the pool as the hillside continues to descend. Entry to our Explorer Residence transverses the main axis so that while the main spaces run broadly to the view, circulation is more dynamic. Vantage points to the view are restrained to create moments peeking through the tree canopy, while the panorama is reserved for the moment one enters the expansive open deck adjacent to the main spaces. The asymmetric arrangement of the kitchen at one end of the main axis softens the formality to allow for a more inviting sub-space within the larger open plan. By locating various elements of interest such as corner windows in the main spaces diagonally across from the entry foyer, the home draws one in while simultaneously extending its reach beyond.

Explorer Residence Project Portfolio Link 

CRA’s Lonchchamp Outdoor Living Featured in the June / July 2019 Issue of Home Design and Decor

Excited to see our Longchamp Outdoor Living project in the pages of the June / July Issue of Home Design and Decor!  See the full article linked here and download the PDF linked here.

Long Champ Outdoor Living Receives both SW Regional and National 2019 NARI CoTY Awards

Excited to announce that Our Longchamp Outdoor Living project has been awarded both the SW Regional and National 2019 NARI CoTY Award for the Best Detached Residential Structure.  Congratulations to the all the award winners, especially from our Austin NARI Chapter, and a big thanks to our clients and the build team including Jon Kaplan at Build Works LLC for bringing this compelling design to life. #CotY2019

Project Portfolio: Longchamp Outdoor Living

Excited to share pictures of our recently completed Longchamp Outdoor Living Project built in the Westlake with Buildworks LLC!

Our Longchamp project developed from the desire for a usable outdoor living space as a complementary extension to the existing home while maximizing the experiences possible at the site. Formally the structure is a steel canopy floating amongst the trees sheltering a series of refined masonry volumes. Its horizontality echoes the low hills that it frames towards the east. To the opposite side the canopy extends just over the edge of the pool, linking them spatially and visually. The wood soffits provide visual warmth and comfort; a contrast to the cool Lueder’s Limestone masonry below. The limestone forms create a mood of enclosure, organizing the space into sitting, cooking and eating. The stone’s subtle color compliments the ever-changing color of the sky. To the East, one can breakfast by limestone framed sunrises just beyond the live oaks. The oxidized steel panels in the fireplace and behind the grill not only provide a visual and practical contrast but formalize space creating focal points to either side as one descends from the house. The project takes advantage of its site and existing residence, creating a serene space for gathering or just taking in the beauty of the Austin hillside.

Longchamp Outdoor Living Project Portfolio

Update: 03.01.2019 Our Longchamp Project receives a 2019 SW Regional NARI Coty Award!

Update: 4.09.2019 A big thanks to the international design blog, The Contemporist, for featuring our Longchamp Project!  Article Link.

Update: 8.5.2019 Thanks for Dwell for featuring our project in their Story: Top 5 Homes of the Week with Eye Popping Pools!  Article Link.

CRA’s Tarrytown Residence Featured in the March 2019 Issue of Fine Homebuilding

Excited to get some national recognition for our Tarrytown Residence with a spread in Fine Homebuilding!  Check us out in the March 2019 Issue. GC: Hudson Design Development