Whether you have a preference for modern, industrial or quirky design, there is something for you during this year’s American Institutes of Architects (AIA) Austin Homes Tour. Learn more about the 12 innovative homes featured on this year’s tour, scheduled for Oct. 15-16, 2016.
1/ Pool Home Swank
This masterpiece by baldridgeARCHITECTS was thoughtfully designed to provide its owners with ample natural light and spectacular, unadulterated views. Outside is a lap pool and deck, as well as an outdoor cooking area.
2/ Modern Industrialism
The reason the designers at Faye and Walker Architecture called this project the Elephant House is because they used corrugated fiber cement panels in the construction. The material’s texture is reminiscent of elephant skin.
3/ Rustic Sophistication
Furman + Keil Architects enhanced this 1930’s stone cottage with steel and glass additions. The new outdoor living space has Lake Austin views and can be scaled back in the future for low-maintenance living.
4/ Space Optimized
Colorful and quirky, you’d never know Rick & Cindy Black Architects’ structure is only 1,090-square-feet in size! Each room and space on the property was expertly designed to optimize space and energy efficiency. It was the first home Rick and Cindy Black designed for themselves.
5/ Natural Serenity
This L-shaped property by Lake|Flato Architects was carefully crafted to bring living outdoors. Two offices with stunning views of nature and a 75-foot lap pool for Ironman training make this work-from-home space a joy in which to live.
6/ SoCo Charm
Originally a 900-square-foot cottage build in 1936, this South Congress home designed by Nick Deaver Architect has doubled in size and appeal. It now boasts an addition wrapped in galvanized metal, a glass dining terrace for entertaining, a private master bath and a spacious screened-in porch.
7/ 1950’s Renovated Ranch
The team at Tom Hurt Architecture took a simple ranch house and completely redesigned the structure by adding a contemporary tower on top of the main living quarters. It now also holds a deck with expansive views of Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt.
8/ Lake Austin Elegance
Live oak trees and root zones posed an initial problem for the owners of this property. But with extraordinary care, the experts at McKinney York Architects designed a home that works with nature, rather than against it.
9/ Energy Efficiency
This remodel by Tornbjerg Design was crafted with health and accessibility in mind. Indoor air quality was improved by reducing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and a number of holistic features create an environment that improved the owner’s overall wellness.
10/ Modern Farmhouse
Rauser Design named this masterpiece the Perfect Wall House. The team implemented a physics-based style of building that pushes air and moisture to the outside of the house. This eliminates the need for insulation in the walls and roof.
11/ Mission (Almost) Impossible
Once thought of as an unbuildable project (due to live oak trees on the property), this home designed by Webber + Studio embodies the personalities of its owners. The wood walls and concrete floors represent a hardworking nature, while the bar-code exterior pattern represents a tech-oriented spirit.
12/ Tarrytown Tranquility
Mell Lawrence Architects designed a low-maintenance-meets-high-appeal home with maximum privacy. The guest room is a detached one-room space with a restroom and closet–perfect for out-of-town friends and family.
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