Brian and Jessica wanted a home that welcomes friends, family and all visitors. And here it is; from the streetside, you see a modern and inviting family home – just wait till you see inside. Working with Clark Richardson Architects, they’ve created a space for themselves that’s contemporary, classic and integrated with respect for its surroundings. Right from the outset, you can see that this home has a happy modern energy that says “Welcome y’all!”.
A front-covered porch frames the entrance, with a car port and path leading to the front door. Mature pecan trees bracket the perimeter and there is a thoughtful mix of materials for the facade.
The dining area unfolds alongside the living and kitchen areas. The long dark table creates a statement; “look at me and eat here!”
Its deep-hued color stain lends it prominence in the center of the calm room.
Rossini Trevi leather sofas compose the living room space, with sleek metal minimalist coffee tables taking up less room than the sturdy wooden mix-and-match centre tables. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors make sure the room is flooded with light, giving it a warmth and enjoyable energy.
In an open plan room such as this, the rug helps to center the living room area. Set against the concrete flooring, a rug is softer underfoot and lightens the mood.
Doing the dishes is not exactly a fun task, but at least being by the window you have something to look at! In this kitchen, the view looks out to the garden, pool and firepit. Materials include Hanstone Quartz countertops which are scratch and stain resistant, and also features on the kitchen island.
Construction took place over two years. There were some restrictions in how high the building could go, as the vernacular language of the neighborhood featured single story houses.
With the main house and a guest suite attached behind. The guest house serves as a dual function; to allow long-term guests but to also be separate enough to rent out. Slightly detached from the main house it can be accessed at street level, and shares the small pool.
One of the family’s favorite bits of their new house is the relationship between the rear pool to the back patio, and the kitchen. It all flows seamlessly together with both the look and movement of space.
For me one of the things that I like about the house is the serenity of the master bedroom. After entertaining guests, welcoming visitors and providing a joyful space for gathering, it’s important to be able to relax in your private serenity. The master bedroom occupies the entire upper floor of the main house. Views open on two sides, between those pecan trees, offering the North Austin scenescape beyond.
What Brian and Jessica love most about the house is how flexible their living space is. The circulation of movement, ability to use the shared spaces in so many ways, and the great space-saving cupboards allow them to feel at home. And to let you feel at home too!