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.
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
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.
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.
Excited to share views of our Cherry Lane Residence in Tarry Town with Glauser Building Company.
Our Cherry Lane Residence is a transformative whole-house renovation & addition to an existing single-story home in the Tarrytown Neighborhood of Central Austin. A family of 5 sought a modern, efficient design to fit their lifestyle while providing space to grow. The roof of the existing home was removed, the exterior envelope re-imagined and a new second-story addition was added to elevate the new spaces into the dense tree canopy of the site. Outdoor spaces engage the neighborhood and take advantage of the beautiful old-growth trees on the property while minimizing the impact of the building footprint on the site. Minimal detailing and challenging modern craftsmanship throughout the home allow the spatial harmonies to sing.
Update 4.16.2019: Excited to have our Cherry Lane project featured on HomeAdore! : Link
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