This residence, suspended on a narrow limestone ridge overlooking Lake Austin, is an extensive rethinking and expansion of a house that was originally constructed in the 1970s. A primary goal of the reconstruction is to improve the processional sequence into and through the house, and to enhance engagement with the dramatic site.
The original entry was via a long, dangerous, wooden exterior ramp that ran from street level down to the plateau level, 25’ below. Now the entry is at rooftop level, via a new light-filled entry tower that overlooks the lake and leads onto a large roof garden.
The interior of this entry structure is open to the full height of the house, and a stair, within the vertical space, leads down to the living areas. At the lowest level, the space expands into a double-height living / dining / kitchen area, with views both toward the lake and toward the limestone cliff face at the opposite side. The entire house opens to a 160’-long cantilevered deck at the waterfront facade.