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East Austin Residence

This house weaves green building and contemporary design into the context of its Austin, Texas neighborhood -- on a budget.

It was conceived as a framing system for the lives of those within, using a variety of implicit framing devices at different scales to create subtly distinct moments that can be experienced separately or simultaneously.

The clients, a young professional couple with a baby, were most interested in an open, flexible home in which to start their family and a new phase in life. They love to be surrounded by mementos of their life together; cards, gifts, art objects, and books filled every available surface in their old apartment.

The house holds and displays records of the lives within it through a continuous shelving system which simultaneously shapes larger spaces into zones for living. In this way the house serves as an archive, enriching one’s experience of everyday life and its intimate moments with personalized framed settings. Because one is always moving through these not-completely defined spaces, one’s understanding of the house is layered with a variety of impressions that may evolve from day to day and throughout the years spent here.

At the exterior, a metallic fascia runs along the edges of the floors and roof, clearly outlining the planes that horizontally frame the inhabitable space of the house. These planes break from one another to define major zones of the house: the primary entry, main living level, and major public/private spaces.

The facade materials also serve to create distinct zones even before one enters the house. The outermost walls are standing seam metal, reading like a hard exterior shell through which warm cedar-framed windows are extruded for shading purposes. The north and south facades, recessed within deep overhangs, are yellow pine, setting the tone for a softer, more intimate atmosphere on the front and back porches.

These framing devices define thresholds as open moments of transition from one type of environment to another. Spaces are not finite; slipping, indirect connections allow movement from one to another. This strategy holds one’s focus foregrounded in the immediate surroundings but simultaneously aware of their greater context.

Interested in keeping the material palette simple yet dynamic, we custom-built many details into the house. This allowed us to make the most of each piece and the conservative square footage.

Every countertop is custom-poured concrete. We designed integral sinks into the bathroom counters, which read as a singular weighty objects that offer contrast to the lighter wood elsewhere.


In the master bathroom, polycarbonate boxes serve as open medicine cabinets, letting light flow through the bathroom even into the secluded toilet room.



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After a great deal of consideration we decided to stain the  north and south wood facade a light grey. This subdues the wood a bit so that it fits in better with the neighborhood (something we feel is very important) while complimenting the window trim and siding.

Many of the exterior details are finished: the polycarb skylights and "screens" at the front and back porch are installed.

The drywall for the project arrived late on Friday. It should go up pretty quickly and be textured by the weeks end.

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All in the Details

A look at our window boxes, the screen at the back porch, and one option for staining the facade.

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More metal siding

Today Nick Perez and his roofing crew finished installing the standing seam metal. There is still more trim work and panels to install at the carport and back porch, but the majority of the metal siding is erected.

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Today we began installing standing seam metal on the west side of the house and white pine on the southern facade, where it will be protected from the elements by the deep porch.

The windows line up with the panel seams.

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Standing Seam Metal Roof

Things have been moving so fast the last couple of weeks that we haven't been able to keep up the blog! The standing seam roof is almost done. Nick Perez and his crew have been doing a great job thus far creating a tight, cleanly detailed roof.

The metal supplier actually brings out coils of metal (in our case galvalume) and roll out the panels on site to spec and length.

You need plenty of parking space to do this.

Then the panels are put into place one by one. The seams are clamped and then rolled with a machine to insure a tight fit.

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