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105W Mary Exterior

After a few changes and Hiccups along the way, the gut remodel we designed in South Austin is almost dried in. All the windows and most of the facade has been in stalled (but not painted - it won't be yellow!). Once the carport roof is constructed the roof lines should tie together playfully.

We opened up the drop ceiling on the interior to allow the existing dormers to bring in really nice light to the living space and master bedroom. It helps to make what are small spaces feel much larger.

This is what the house used to look like:

We wanted to keep its traditional austin cottage character but give it a more contemporary feel.

 

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RTD Construction Almost Complete

The design and construction of the Rolling in Thyme and Dough Addition flew by (construction began on June 26) and is now almost complete. A lot of details and design moves felt the force of such a fast pace but many of the broader concepts remain clearly defined.

The original building was built in the 1890's. We wanted to respect its history (and its structure) by connecting lightly to the building in a way that clearly defines but compliments new and old.

The new dining areas frame views to the nursery outside. The lighting isn't quite done, we had to use some temporary fixtures for the opening. Eventually there will be a field of flexible colored shades.

A number of playful moments were designed to look out, through, back in and out again both new and old spaces.

 

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Shiner Guesthouse

The farmhouse has long served as an iconic link between human society and the earth. Located in the expansive rural landscape of southeast Texas, this project connects "home" with outside landscape at varying depths through moments of everyday use.

While a house in a more urban setting must obscure its contents--protect those within it--a farmhouse removed from urban contexts, standing alone on acres of land, can celebrate transparency and the proliferation of uninterrupted visual corridors.

Rather than feeling carefully guarded when opening a screen, inhabitants in the farmhouse enjoy the freedom of feeling that their surroundings lay open before them at all times.

 

The master plan thus situates two pieces, main house and guest house, such that a shared landscape emerges that moves not only from house to landscape but also from house to house.

The buildings are positioned to best take advantage of sweeping views toward the rolling hills and town of Moulton, as well as to best control wind and sun exposure in the hot Texas climate.

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Herradura Ranch Residence

The client desired an economic barn-style house for a 7,000 acre ranch. He is a major league baseball pitcher who will only live and train at the location during the off-season; therefore, minimal investment for the living quarters was demanded—the value lay in the land.

In order to achieve the space and program requirements for this ranch-style training facility and house, a pre-fabricated metal building package was ordered which included 11 standard sized windows and two garage doors. The prefab building, typically used for industrial warehouses and sheds provides enclosure for living, barn, and training spaces at minimum expense. Two additional garage doors were added: when opened they provide expansive views out to the landscape, embracing the expansive Southeast Texas landscape—they bring light and long views throughout the building's simple yet dynamic spaces.. When closed they protect against the hot texas sun and provide security to the building when unoccupied.

The metal building is transformed from its traditional industrial typology to an intertwined living/training space which sits in the landscape as an art object.

The stairs and patios become the playful connective tissue which weave through the building and bind the spaces together.

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Connecting the inside to the outside

The Shiner guesthouse is coming along well with a few bumps along the way, including the loss of our camera which had a lot of the framing images. Its almost completely dried in now.

Great thing about a farmhouse on lots of land: you don't have to worry about privacy all that much. So, we tried to create cross views through the interior to connect the inside and out while framing shots of the beautiful landscape.

The double height living space spans across the barn-style volume from east to west so it should get a great cross breeze (its always windy in Shiner).

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