Conceived initially as a mixed rework and addition, this Cat Mountain Residence design from Cornerstone Group Architects in Austin, Texas, introduced one thing of a dilemma. Structurally, it will have been extra workable to do in depth tear-downs, however the shopper primarily needed to recreate the prevailing home, simply “refreshed” and refurbished with trendy touches. Being a specialist in residential interiors, this specific shopper additionally had a imaginative and prescient of a “transitional” type within the rework, which this format accomplishes with deceptively clean élan. The environment of the house is recent, ethereal, and shiny — witness the pure mild flowing by way of two-story home windows round a “floating” staircase — together with a mixture of rustic and trendy that has its playful aspect (observe the “animal” rug beneath the lengthy ebook-coated desk).
Now, the house owners can take pleasure in a stunning view — in depth flooring-to-ceiling home windows and French doorways assist in that endeavor — and a seamless merge of indoor and outside dwelling. Mere steps separate the open-plan foremost dwelling and eating areas from an outside rest and entertaining area with plunge pool, hearth pit, and roomy patio — itself delineated by shallow stone steps to the garden and water function. And, since that outside dwelling area can also be tucked in an inside courtyard, it’s surrounded by wings of the home for cozy privateness, whereas nonetheless conveying a way of spacious atmosphere. Integrating power-environment friendly options, reclaimed architectural wooden element, and sustainable design, the architect and proprietor labored collectively to result in this contemporary, clear-lined area that, when all of the mud settled, “felt like residence”…improved.