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Hillside Mid-Century Home Renovation in Texas

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An architectural designer and an artist harnessed the collective power of their design firm to remake a dilapidated mid-century gem into a hillside perch for their family.

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  With a nod to the natural skew of the cliffs nearby, the 
roof creases inward on the edges, with folds called crickets. The design is twofold: 
The lower roof utilizes a number of super-integrated gutters and the upper roof collects rainwater.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    With a nod to the natural skew of the cliffs nearby, the roof creases inward on the edges, with folds called crickets. The design is twofold: The lower roof utilizes a number of super-integrated gutters and the upper roof collects rainwater.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  A striated concrete wall designed by Pollen Architecture & Design contrasts with the rough limestone rock of the home’s existing stair column.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    A striated concrete wall designed by Pollen Architecture & Design contrasts with the rough limestone rock of the home’s existing stair column.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  An abstract painting by Michael Young complements the glow of the dining room’s pine walls. A collapsible silicone lampshade by Swedish designers Form Us With Love for Muuto hangs above a Macek Furniture Company table.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    An abstract painting by Michael Young complements the glow of the dining room’s pine walls. A collapsible silicone lampshade by Swedish designers Form Us With Love for Muuto hangs above a Macek Furniture Company table.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room. The set is accompanied by Artemide’s classic Tolomeo floor lamp and a Portofino Bergère chair that was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room. The set is accompanied by Artemide’s classic Tolomeo floor lamp and a Portofino Bergère chair that was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The family room is situated at the apex of the house, with picturesque views that extend 
up the meticulously landscaped north slope. The concrete floor sits just low enough that the main elements of the scene—the succulent garden and large limestone ledges—are at eye level. A bank of NanaWall folding windows breaks up the fourth wall.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    The family room is situated at the apex of the house, with picturesque views that extend up the meticulously landscaped north slope. The concrete floor sits just low enough that the main elements of the scene—the succulent garden and large limestone ledges—are at eye level. A bank of NanaWall folding windows breaks up the fourth wall.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The gutters run off a scupper into a box of gravel, which drains into a 5,000-gallon underground tank, providing enough irrigation to sustain a vegetable garden and other native plants.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    The gutters run off a scupper into a box of gravel, which drains into a 5,000-gallon underground tank, providing enough irrigation to sustain a vegetable garden and other native plants.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  James works on his balsa-wood blimp in the family workspace, illuminated by a Kelvin LED Table Lamp from Flos.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    James works on his balsa-wood blimp in the family workspace, illuminated by a Kelvin LED Table Lamp from Flos.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  James's bedroom furniture was custom designed by Hatch Workshop.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    James's bedroom furniture was custom designed by Hatch Workshop.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The outdoor fireplace is one of the few remnants of the original structure.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    The outdoor fireplace is one of the few remnants of the original structure.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The floor plan.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys
    The floor plan.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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