CRA’s Aquaverde Residence featured in Austin Home Magazine, Summer 2020 Issue

So excited to have our Aquaverde Residence featured in Austin Home’s Summer 2020 Issue!  This is a really fun project with some adventurous & creative clients and  we’re excited to share it with a broader audience.  See more photos of the project on our website and read the digital article here.

From the article: “They really nailed the aesthetic, and you begin to appreciate all the details starting from the second you walk inside,” Kim says. “I was as excited for the laundry room and mudroom as I was for the main spaces like the kitchen and dining room.”  “We absolutely loved working with Ed and April,” Kim says. “Because they are husband and wife, it really felt like we were working on a team project, and we really appreciated both of their perspectives.”   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Portfolio: AquaVerde Residence

Excited to share finished pictures from our AquaVerde Residence overlooking Lake Austin!

Our Aqua Verde Residence Project transformed a traditional house into a modern, 21st century home. With past century finishes and an archaic configuration that stymied spatial interaction and expansive views, the house required a thorough rethinking. The principal maneuver established a transversal axis, creating communication amongst the three principal communal spaces of the house: living, dining and kitchen. This intervention also allowed for greater appreciation of the river below and hills beyond. Furthermore, private spaces were rearranged and updated to provide comfort, luxury and spatial efficiency. On the second floor a new ample game room added square footage to the existing house.

GC: Renovation by Glauser Building Company and Landscape and Exterior Spaces by Owner GC

AquaVerde Residence Portfolio Link

 

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 

Explorer Residence Architectural Video Link

10.25.2019 Update: Excited to have our Explorer Residence featured on HomeAdore.com.  Link.

 

Project Portfolio: Cherry Lane Residence

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.

Cherry Lane Residence Architectural Portfolio

Cherry Lane Residence Architectural Video

Update 4.16.2019: Excited to have our Cherry Lane project featured on HomeAdore! : Link

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


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 interpret the specific style and how it fits with our broader view of modern architectural design in the article. Spreads from the piece can be found on both our Instagram and Facebook accounts as well.

 

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.

 

 

Project Portfolio: Peak Lookout Residence

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Check out Paul Finkel’s lovely architectural photos from our Peak Lookout Residence completed with builder, Todd Fletcher of Peak Design Build LLC!

The Peak Lookout Residence is contemporary, luxury home located in Lakeway, TX. The residence is positioned on a gently sloping site and oriented towards distant views. The linear parti frames outdoor spaces both to the north and south of the residence and works with passive solar principles and breezes to allow for an efficient green design. This is a 5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath residence with a 3 car garage and ample pool deck for entertaining and outdoor living. The material palette is quiet but elegant, consisting primarily of stucco, stained cedar accents and anodized RAM windows through out.

Peak Lookout Residence Portfolio Link

 

 

 

Project Portfolio: Zilker Residences

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We’re excited to share these beautiful photos and video from our Zilker Residences.  This contemporary architectural design, located just blocks from the Barton Springs Pool and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, features two residences in the heart of Austin’s Zilker Neighborhood. Both units open out to private landscaped interior courtyards as well as second floor balconies with views to downtown. The exterior material palette consists of a vertical standing seam siding contrasted against a white washed, vertical cypress tongue and groove siding.

Thanks to Paul Bardagjy for the lovely photos, Susannah Blanton for the great staging work at Unit A.

Zilker Residences Project Portfolio

 

To Build or To Buy?

We get asked this question all the time in practice.   Does it make more sense to build a custom home on a lot or to buy a home?  There seems to be a general prevailing perception that it costs more to build than to buy.  The answer is simply that it depends.  So what does it cost to build a custom home?  We have worked with clients to build custom homes in the Austin area ranging from $100 per sq/ft and all the way up to $300+ a foot.  These are homes built with integrity with varying degrees of finish outs. These homes are designed for the needs of the occupant, for the occupants lifestyle.  They are not built as a happy medium that will mostly satisfy everyone.  They are designed with resale value in mind but are generally planned to be flexible to allow for change and to accommodate the owners changing needs.  They are designed sustainably – the actual site is taken into account. We don’t just call it green, we design individually to work with the land where it sits.

Custom Residential Rendering by Clark Richardson Architects

When you purchase a house you can stand in it to understand the space and know exactly what you are getting, some people feel more comfortable with this route. It is absolutely important that we communicate the spatial implications of our designs and as architects we produce numerous visualization renderings to help people make informed decisions about their new home.  We build 3-D models and make animations that show you what it will feel like. Here is a sample animation from a renovation we designed recently.

A good architect will work hard to make the process simple for you, this is what we strive for.  Once the design is complete we can provide the permitting services and help you select the perfect builder.   With tighter budgets we recommend that a contractor be brought on early to make sure the numbers stay in check.  When a higher level of finish-out is desired clients often enjoy meeting with numerous contractors and getting full bid proposals for the actual cost of construction.  We work with clients throughout this process and serve as their representative to ensure that the standards of the project are met.

Custom Design Renovation and Addition in Hyde Park Austin

Our services continue on through the construction phases where we often have weekly job site meetings to ensure there are no questions.  We find that designing and building your own home can be a very intimate process and very enjoyable – your home will truly be yours.  We love working with clients in this capacity, send us a note if you have any questions.