The owners of this East Austin home approached Design Hound to modify an existing single-story, two bedroom to accommodate their growing family needs. The gently sloping urban lot had undergone a few minor additions and remodels over the years that resulted in a segmented and dark residence. The homeowners wished to unify the distraught floorplan, create connections to their adjacent landscape, and add a second story with additional bedrooms. In order to maintain the historic scale of the neighborhood within its urban context, the project team placed the second story addition to the rear and created an ‘L’-shaped courtyard. The interior of the home’s kitchen, living, dining and master suite open up to the patio and courtyard and expand the perceived size of the home dramatically. Within the home, existing walls are selectively demolished and the kitchen and living areas are relocated to the rear achieving direct connection with outside. More utilitarian spaces associated with cars, bikes, and clothes washing are relegated to the driveway side of the house to coordinate with the comings-and-goings of a family with small children. Along with the second story addition and existing trees, the partially covered courtyard offers a serene and private connection to the natural environment. The exterior of the home will become a subtle pattern of light-colored siding with angled wood accents while the interior will embrace the family’s artistic side with colored accents and interesting patterns.
East Austin Hotel
This approachable boutique hotel will be located off of East Cesar on a site that currently houses a disparate collection of three buildings consisting of a derelict hair salon, retail space and apartments [the 2nd floor corner unit was the on-screen residence of East Dillon quarterback Vince Howard, played by Michael B. Jordan on Friday Night Lights]. The main challenge for Design Hound lay in incorporating the program [12 hotel rooms, restaurant, bar/lounge, pool, and back-of-house spaces] within the existing buildings with a unifying aesthetic. By taking advantage of the site's existing 'courtyard' style layout, the pool and bar/lounge take center stage with remaining elements shielding this inner sanctum from pedestrian and vehicular passersby. The material choices favor natural elements: wood, raw stucco, steel and glass create a neutral palette that fades into the background as attention is focused on the central courtyard as gathering space. Landscape elements bring nature to the forefront, reinforcing the idea of pool as oasis. Smaller, more intimate, gathering spaces are scattered throughout the courtyard and within the restaurant. Large operable windows behind a painted steel screen wall, allow glimpses within but maintain a level of privacy expected by the clientele.