An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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Affordable gestures abound in this transformation of a dilapidated former duplex in the Texas Hill Country.

For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.  He then applied locally quarried Lueders limestone near the entrance—
a warm contrast to the steely facade.

For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.

"I tend to take advantage of the look and feel of an area instead of accenting how we stand apart from it," says Deaver.

A pair of Igloo chairs from CB2 and a Mariner fan by Hunter bring indoor comforts to the porch of this $156-per-square-foot home.

To frame picturesque vistas of the nearly three-acre lot, Deaver included extra tall windows. "Here, it’s desirable to have your own little ranch with distant views of the hills," he says. But the real master moves are the four semisheltered porches surrounding the structure—platforms from which the residents, owners of an online green pet store called Olive Green Dog, soak up the entire rural panorama that includes deer, coyotes, and raccoons weaving between live oak and cedar elm trees.

Details
Project: Walkabout Residence
Designer: Nick Deaver

Diana Budds

@dianabudds

A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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