The home takes design cues from the neighborhood and interprets them in modern materials. Most homes in the area -- bungalows and Craftsman style from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s -- are rendered in brick, but Dick Clark + Associates used the forms of the neighborhood and interpreted them in stone, wood and stucco, incorporating smooth cut limestone to reference the brick, along with a pristine finish stucco and deep rich wood framing the front and side entries, adding warmth to the facades.
"Interior city lots are a particularly fun challenge due to the constraints they place on site size, landscape and orientation. You must be very mindful in how you define the user’s experience and work a modern lifestyle into an established, existing context," said project lead Kristopher White, Associate, Dick Clark + Associates.
For this residence, the front façade reveals the narrow side elevation to the street frontage which helps to tie the forms into the neighborhood. As you move through the house, the volumes shift in order to strategically close off or open up moments through the house in order to create a series of connections to the outdoors using pocket yards located adjacent to the larger, more comfortable interior living spaces. This dissolves the borders between interior and exterior and creates a unique living experience on a very urban property. Traditional materials like local limestone and crisp white stucco lays a warm palette while still highlighting the contemporary lines of the home.
"It was important that the architecture and interior design were clean and contemporary, but also warm and in keeping with the scale and history of this old Austin neighborhood. Bringing transitional elements into the interiors at various scales, such as a large shiplap wall that wraps into the kitchen and around the stair, or white oak trim on specific interior windows, helped to blur the lines between contemporary and traditional. We then worked with the owners to select classic finish materials, like wire-brushed French oak floors, marble, and ceramic tile, ensuring the home was a natural fit with its surroundings, " commented Kate Blocker, Associate, Dick Clark + Associates and Interior Designer of the project.
The home, originally built as a spec house, was purchased mid-construction allowing the buyers to collaborate with Dick Clark + Associates on the interior finishes. The home was built in partnership with Vinson Radke Homes, the second partnership between the firms, reflecting their shared eye for detail and emphasis on design.