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October 11, 2013
Despite its “everything’s bigger” credo, Texas is a hotbed for reasonably sized—small even—buildings. To follow, seven homes that show the Lone Star state’s modern side.
Modern family room with extended window and small staircase

The Balcones house, designed by homeowner and architectural designer Elizabeth Alford, brings the outdoors in. Photo by Brent Humphreys. 

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Originally appeared in Hillside Mid-Century Home Renovation in Texas
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Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal

Architect J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective created this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas, designed for a couple with three young children. Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal studs, storefront glass, and a concrete topping slab poured onto corrugated metal decking at the second floor. Photo by Brian Mihealsick. 

Originally appeared in Lakeside House in Texas
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Bunkhouse interior hallway

A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas, about 30 miles outside Austin. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton. Photo by Greg Hursley. 

Originally appeared in The Long Hall
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Poteet replaced one wall with a large steel-and-glass lift-and-slide window wall, which he says makes the best use of indirect light. “The big sliding door and picture window make the 250-square-foot living space feel big,” says Hill.

Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The container measures a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet; Hill asked that a portion of the square footage be retained as a garden shed and the rest serve as the living space. Photo by Chris Cooper. 

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Originally appeared in Smaller in Texas
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After the home was completed, Wong asked for the carport addition. “I handed Jay two books: one on Alexander Calder’s mobiles, and one on insects,” says Wong. The result was a soaring, winglike steel, aluminum and Galvalume structure fabricated by the arc

Austin-based architectural photographer Patrick Wong, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, asked the firm Cottam Hargrave for help in designing and building a live/work space on land he had purchased years ago from his grandfather. “The lot had become the neighborhood dump,” says Wong. Photo by Patrick Wong. 

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Originally appeared in Texas Two-Step
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The Bercy residence seems to close the ever contentious gap between art and architecture. Says designer Thomas Bercy: “We tried to get the house to an artistic level, almost as if it were an installation as much as it was a house.”

An entreprenurial pair of Belgian brothers land in one of Texas's few bohemian oases, become property owners, and find that sharing a house in adulthood isn't half bad. The Bercy residence seems to close the ever contentious gap between art and architecture. Says designer Thomas Bercy: “We tried to get the house to an artistic level, almost as if it were an installation as much as it was a house.” Photo by Denise Prince Martin.

Originally appeared in Red, Wood, and Blue
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Modern row houses in Houston, Texas

By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights. Tina and Matthew Ford, here with daughter Daisy, are the owners of Shade House Development, the company that designed and is building the suite of houses that comprise Row on 25th in Houston, Texas. Photo by Jack Thompson. 

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Originally appeared in Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston
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Modern family room with extended window and small staircase

The Balcones house, designed by homeowner and architectural designer Elizabeth Alford, brings the outdoors in. Photo by Brent Humphreys. 

Photo by Brent Humphreys.

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