This Slick Austin Home Offered at $1.95M Stretches Like an Accordion
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This Slick Austin Home Offered at $1.95M Stretches Like an Accordion

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By Kathryn M.
Designed by award-winning firm Alterstudio Architecture, this riverside house has a central courtyard that gives it an accordion shape.

Alterstudio Architecture recently completed another residential project in their home base of Austin, Texas. The firm, which racked up over a dozen industry awards in 2019 alone, is well-known for highly crafted, organic designs—such as this 1920s bungalow revamp; this abstract, adobe-style home; and this residence built around a magnificent live oak.

One of the Alterstudio’s latest projects relies heavily on strong geometric elements. The entire structure reads as a single box stretched apart in the middle like an accordion. Vertical slats span the two sections and enclose a carport underneath a cantilevering upper level.

One of their latest projects is a contemporary residence located west of downtown Austin along Stratford Drive, which snakes above the Colorado River. The home, completed in 2019, is a boxy, wood-clad structure set on top of an airy, glass-walled lower level. As with most other Alterstudio homes, deliberate manipulation of natural light and carefully selected materials create warm, open spaces for everyday living.

Inside, the home takes on a Zen-like, minimalist aesthetic. A walk from the front yard and underneath the vertical slats reveals a hidden entry courtyard and a heavily glazed interior.

Offering nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, the three-bedroom, three-bath home features white oak flooring and clean, white surfaces throughout. The main living areas are surrounded on two sides by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that look out onto an entry courtyard and lush backyard.  Keep scrolling for a tour of this contemporary city retreat, currently listed for $1,949,000.

The lower level flows together as a single open space connected by wide-plank white oak flooring and a glazed facade. A large living area is warmed by natural light on both sides.

The large windows look out onto a gravel patio and lush backyard. The formal dining room is located just behind the couch. 

The kitchen wraps around the atrium-like courtyard. Clerestory windows and a continuous row of cabinetry provides strong horizontal elements to connect the kitchen and dining room.

A large waterfall island provides a central area for food prep and entertaining. Finishes include imported tile along the backsplash, a built-in SubZero refrigerator, and a Wolf gas range. A small door provides access to the side yard.

The long row of cabinetry provides additional storage in the dining room, which also features sliding glass doors with access to the rear yard.

Upstairs, the three bedrooms offer a tree house–like atmosphere with large windows overlooking a canopy of surrounding trees. Here, the master bedroom is a calming canvas for new homeowners.

The master bathroom offers a floating vanity with double sinks, a walk-in closet, and a separate area for the toilet. Wood cabinetry and stone countertops create an organic, spa-like feel.

In the rear corner of the master bathroom is an enclosed water closet that is drenched in natural light from a picture window. A soaking tub is set beside the rain shower. 

A separate family room provides a more casual space for relaxing upstairs.

2707 Stratford Dr 1 is currently listed for $1,949,000 by Christine White of The Boutique Real Estate.

Project Credits:

Architecture: Alterstudio / @alterstudio

Construction: Abode Modern Homes / @abodehomes

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