Midcentury Kitchen Renovation in Austin

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March 26, 2014
With the goals of improving storage and flow in their midcentury home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects to reunite their kitchen with an open-plan living space. Read Full Article
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  A wide view of the renovated home situates it as it sits on Austin soil. Where the gentle swoop of the driveway meets the overhanging garage, the home's patio is just visible. A light in the new kitchen window further integrates the home with the neighborhood just beyond it.   Photo by: Whit Preston

    A wide view of the renovated home situates it as it sits on Austin soil. Where the gentle swoop of the driveway meets the overhanging garage, the home's patio is just visible. A light in the new kitchen window further integrates the home with the neighborhood just beyond it. 

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  A close-up of the renovated exterior shows the home's new, brightly-colored door in relief of the new kitchen window, whose floating shelves are just visible. Selected by Sloan Houser, the door's shade of turquiose is similar to Benjamin Moore's Americana, although with stronger hints of green.   Photo by: Whit Preston

    A close-up of the renovated exterior shows the home's new, brightly-colored door in relief of the new kitchen window, whose floating shelves are just visible. Selected by Sloan Houser, the door's shade of turquiose is similar to Benjamin Moore's Americana, although with stronger hints of green. 

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  BEFORE: Prior to renovation, the kitchen's storage came in the form of all white cabinetry arranged in an enclosing, C-shaped space.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    BEFORE: Prior to renovation, the kitchen's storage came in the form of all white cabinetry arranged in an enclosing, C-shaped space.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  A post-renovation view of the kitchen shows it opening into the family room. Replacing the former white cabinets are Island drawer fronts and wall panelling of teak wood and reclaimed American elm countertop, milled by Vintage Material Supply. The differing grains of the teak veneers and elm countertop vadd complexity and rhythm to the kitchen's wood motif. Stuc Pierre plaster ceiling selected by the homeowner, Sloan Houser, adds an airy feel to the opened space.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    A post-renovation view of the kitchen shows it opening into the family room. Replacing the former white cabinets are Island drawer fronts and wall panelling of teak wood and reclaimed American elm countertop, milled by Vintage Material Supply. The differing grains of the teak veneers and elm countertop vadd complexity and rhythm to the kitchen's wood motif. Stuc Pierre plaster ceiling selected by the homeowner, Sloan Houser, adds an airy feel to the opened space.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  BEFORE: Prior to renovation, low-contrast wood cabinets obstructed the passage between the kitchen and the family room, giving both rooms a feeling of dullness in spite of the light tone of the wood and the walls around it.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    BEFORE: Prior to renovation, low-contrast wood cabinets obstructed the passage between the kitchen and the family room, giving both rooms a feeling of dullness in spite of the light tone of the wood and the walls around it.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  A new pantry wall in a teak wood veneer supplies all-but-invisible cabinet space with the help of touch-latch door hardware. Perched atop the existing terrazzo flooring, the underbelly of the kitchen's central island, painted with Benjamin Moore paint in the Midsummer Night shade, is visible beneath the reclaimed American elm countertop.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    A new pantry wall in a teak wood veneer supplies all-but-invisible cabinet space with the help of touch-latch door hardware. Perched atop the existing terrazzo flooring, the underbelly of the kitchen's central island, painted with Benjamin Moore paint in the Midsummer Night shade, is visible beneath the reclaimed American elm countertop.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  Another view of the open dining area and kitchen shows the existing terrazzo flooring, the plaster ceiling and the kitchen's tile backsplash, Fireclay Debris series in ‘Daffodil,’ working in harmony. Floating shelves in the kitchen window and a stainless steel countertop surrounding the kitchen's burners rest just beneath the backsplash. A Boca Raton Blue upper cabinet and Nelson pendants add interest and dimension to the kitchen's warm combination of wood, yellow and blue. Vintage chairs, seated at the kitchen island and in the front right corner at the dining table complete the design scheme.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    Another view of the open dining area and kitchen shows the existing terrazzo flooring, the plaster ceiling and the kitchen's tile backsplash, Fireclay Debris series in ‘Daffodil,’ working in harmony. Floating shelves in the kitchen window and a stainless steel countertop surrounding the kitchen's burners rest just beneath the backsplash. A Boca Raton Blue upper cabinet and Nelson pendants add interest and dimension to the kitchen's warm combination of wood, yellow and blue. Vintage chairs, seated at the kitchen island and in the front right corner at the dining table complete the design scheme.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  Opening the kitchen to outdoor spaces, a new window with floating shelves for storage looks out into the front yard.  New appliances, stainless steel countertops and an integral sink add utility. Photo by Whit Preston.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    Opening the kitchen to outdoor spaces, a new window with floating shelves for storage looks out into the front yard. New appliances, stainless steel countertops and an integral sink add utility. Photo by Whit Preston.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  BEFORE: Without the additional lumination from the added kitchen window, the Houser home's kitchen rior to renovation is dark and incompatible with the surrounding spaces.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    BEFORE: Without the additional lumination from the added kitchen window, the Houser home's kitchen rior to renovation is dark and incompatible with the surrounding spaces.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  A view of the kitchen's back wall shows the bright marriage of the yellow Fireclay tile backsplash with incoming light from the adjacent sliding door and the row of windows just above the hanging Boca Raton blue cabinets. Basked in light, the new kitchen displays an organized and cheerful aesthetic.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    A view of the kitchen's back wall shows the bright marriage of the yellow Fireclay tile backsplash with incoming light from the adjacent sliding door and the row of windows just above the hanging Boca Raton blue cabinets. Basked in light, the new kitchen displays an organized and cheerful aesthetic.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  BEFORE: Looking disjointed, the living room in the pre-renovation Houser home is an alienated space, occluded from the natural light entering the spaces just beyond.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    BEFORE: Looking disjointed, the living room in the pre-renovation Houser home is an alienated space, occluded from the natural light entering the spaces just beyond.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  The delicately redesigned living room maximizes natural light, using bright furnishings to maintain the room's newfound brightness. The Stuc Pierre plaster ceiling and walls and the Venetian Plaster at the fireplace put in place by the homeowner, Sloan Houser, refresh and integrate the spaces of the Houser home.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    The delicately redesigned living room maximizes natural light, using bright furnishings to maintain the room's newfound brightness. The Stuc Pierre plaster ceiling and walls and the Venetian Plaster at the fireplace put in place by the homeowner, Sloan Houser, refresh and integrate the spaces of the Houser home.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  The principles of simplicity and efficiency governing the Blacks' renovations of the Houser home are evident in the home's pre- and post-renovation floor plans.  Photo by: Whit Preston
    The principles of simplicity and efficiency governing the Blacks' renovations of the Houser home are evident in the home's pre- and post-renovation floor plans.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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