Read part 1 here.
Also see How To Get Your House on a Homes Tour.
Saturday and Sunday this week you’ll find us among the curious and interested people traveling around Austin from the North Loop, Montopolis, Barton Hills, Tarrytown and Bouldin to name just a few destinations. We’ll be looking at the 12 houses selected for the 2016 AIA Austin Homes Tour and talking to architects and designers, builders and craftsmen. So whether you are looking for ideas for renovations, searching for a designer and architect to build or remodel or create a dream home from the ground up, the AIA Homes Tour is the place to be. This is the largest fund-raiser for the AIA and the 30th year of Home Tours. Purchase your wristbands here.
“a monolithic house portrayed as if in the middle of an archaeological dig”
FAYE and WALKER ARCHITECTURE
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. Faye and Walker Architecture
House located in Montopolis
“There is no way to describe the appearance and texture of the material than to compare it to the hide of an elephant. The material is corrugated fiber cement panels, a material that has been in use for some time in Europe, primarily as roofing material for large industrial buildings, so the house became The Elephant House. The deck between the house and garage creates an open-air plaza, upon which the ever-present breeze can be enjoyed.
“the owner found us on a previous house tour”
FURMAN + KEIL ARCHITECTS
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. Furman + Keil Architects
House located in Tarrytown
“The cottage had to retain its quirkiness and character yet become scaled for an intimate and modern home. It is an original stone cottage in a lakeside pocket of West Austin, nestled into a compact sloping site that features towering live oaks. The garage is sunken into the site to allow for a rooftop deck and outdoor living space that also provides sneak views of Lake Austin.”
“rather than privileging one view, the design provides multiple spaces from which to experience the site”
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. baldridgeARCHITECTS
House located in Barton Hills
“With a dramatic vista of the Barton Creek greenbelt below, the house, as it weaves between existing trees, is characterized by a clever plan and subtle sectional interplay. The form prizes its great room, with a roof that peels up to invite copious light. The home is a response to this singular site, with primary spaces attuned to the natural context.”
“The home needed to facilitate Ironman training”
LAKE FLATO ARCHITECTS
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. Lake Flato Architects
House located in Greenshores on Lake Austin
“The owners’ offices were also designed as an integral part of their daily experience. His office comprises a fully glazed “cockpit” perched in the rafters above the Entry Porch with commanding views of Lake Austin, while her office projects from the second-floor master suite above the 75’ lap pool and is fully glazed on both ends to provide views of swimmers going back and forth below.”
“New trees have been planted with the intent that they will eventually grow up and around the building”
MELL LAWRENCE ARCHITECTS
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. Mell Lawrence Architects
House located in Tarrytown
“Features of this home are a seven-to-eight foot overhang that wraps all the way around to control solar gain in warm months. Upstairs are family and bedroom spaces and a large screened porch featuring panoramic views and plenty of natural ventilation via safe openings up in the breezes.”
“a small lot that appeared unbuildable”
Photograph: Leonid Furmansky. Webber + Studio Architects
House located in Bouldin
“The house reflects the personalities of the owners. Plywood interior wall surfaces and stained concrete floors are warm and relaxed, reflecting her hard-working earthiness in contrast with his tech-y entrepreneurialism, reflected in the “bar-code” exterior siding pattern. Designed for a family of four, the new home initially appeared unbuildable given an enormous pair of Live Oak trees and their critical root zones.”
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