Guests Are Welcome At This Light-Filled Austin Home


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A couple enlists a proven team to realize their dream of a modern home near downtown Austin.

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Mark Biechler of Pearson Landscape installed this Austin home's landscaping as well as the fencing and gates, an ipe-wood deck, the outdoor lighting and the concrete stepping stones. The steel-and-glass pivot entry door with fixed-steel side panels was designed by FAB Architecture and fabricated by Steel House MFG.

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Porcelain-tile flooring from Architectural Tile & Stone complements a plasterwork wall by Mission Plastering in the living area. The wall showcases a Montigo fireplace from Parrish & Company and custom steel niches designed by FAB Architecture and constructed by Steel House MFG. Atop a Donja rug by Odegard Carpets from David Alan Rugs are a sofa from Nest Modern, B&B Italia armchairs and a custom coffee table designed by FAB Architecture and built by Laura Garanzuay Studio.

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Expansive Heritage glass windows and doors from Exclusive Windows and Doors of Austin connect the living area to a terrace that dons pavers installed by Thomas Koitzsch of Arcon Architectural Inc. A home automation system by Unified Integration allows the homeowners to enjoy their favorite music while relaxing in Richard Schultz for Knoll 1966 lounge chairs from Scott + Cooner.

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Leicht kitchen cabinetry from Arete European Kitchens serves as a minimal and functional backdrop for the open living and dining areas. The waterfall island's Caesarstone quartz countertop is from Architectural Tile & Stone. Steel House MFG fabricated the adjacent central stair structure and steel screen, which FAB Architecture designed.

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A Hubbardton Forge chandelier from Lights Fantastic illuminates the Matteograssi dining room table from Scott + Cooner. The side chairs, which have walnut legs, are vintage Eero Saarinen Executive armchairs for Knoll from Metro Retro Furniture; the host chairs are the same but sport oak legs as well as Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks fabric from Stockton Hicks Laffey upholstered by Under Cover. Art is from the owners' collection.

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An exposed-concrete retaining wall from the original home remains on the site, running through the guest bedroom and bathroom. The maple headboard and table lamp are from Copenhagen Imports. The bathroom's Valli & Valli hardware from Alexander Marchant pairs with Artemide's Logico single-suspension light from Lights Fantastic. The faucet is Rohl from Moore Supply Co.; TRC Carpentry Services fabricated the cabinetry.

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The faucet is by Patricia Urquiola for Axor from Moore Supply Co. Art from the owners' collection adds warmth, as do a teak Balinese stool and an Italian eglomise mirror paired in the vanity area.

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Kundalini sconces from Lights Fantastic shine in the master bathroom, where cabinetry melds with Caesarstone countertops and a backsplash by Porcelanosa from Architectural Tile & Stone.

Frequent houseguests are a given when you live in a city like Austin, according to the owners of a modernist three-level abode located just blocks away from downtown.

Today, their lucky visitors stay in a private suite on the lower level with its own private courtyard, defined by a concrete retaining wall leftover from the original home on the lot.

“The clients wanted to carry a piece of the old home forward,” says builder Royce Flournoy. But that’s just about the only thing the current plaster-clad house has in common with the home it replaced. Despite the home’s busy corner location, the bright and airy interior feels private and serene with spaces that flow into one another, plus a sculptural wood-and-steel staircase that connects all levels.

“We tried to limit the circulation in this house to that stair core, and we’ve celebrated it with the design,” explains architect Patrick Ousey, who collaborated with architect Pam Chandler. “It’s very open and sculptural.”

Spacious covered terraces extend the living area to a massive rooftop desk, offering jaw-dropping city views and the perfect place to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks with friends.

“We gave the architects a three-page list of our needs and wants for the home, and they fulfilled every single item,” one of the homeowners says.

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