Peek Inside Photographer Casey Dunn’s Dreamy Austin Home

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By Lucy Wang
An exercise in restraint, this picture-perfect photographer’s home radiates beauty and warmth from every angle.

As one of the most sought-after architectural photographers in Texas, Austin native Casey Dunn has developed a keen eye for design. So, when it came time to tackle his dream home from the ground up, he turned to his longtime friend Arthur Furman to help realize his thoughtfully crafted East Austin abode.

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The home's simple gabled shape is emphasized by the use of burnished stucco on all sides.

The home's simple gabled shape is emphasized by the use of burnished stucco on all sides.

At the time, Arthur was still working for his father’s firm at Furman & Keil Architects and had yet to start his own practice. Yet Casey’s belief in Arthur’s talent helped spur the young architect to leave his job and—with his wife, Annie-Laurie Grabiel—launch Side Angle Side, an Austin–based architectural practice that remembers Casa Casey as their first project.

The entrance is located to the side of the house. The recessed Douglas fir front door was built by Austin’s Honea Woodworks. The roof is Galvalume standing-seam metal.

The entrance is located to the side of the house. The recessed Douglas fir front door was built by Austin’s Honea Woodworks. The roof is Galvalume standing-seam metal.

"When we started out, Casey wasn’t married and wasn’t dating anyone," says Arthur. "So the original project brief was less about bedrooms and bathrooms, and more about the character of the home. Specifically, the shape. Casey had an image in his mind of a house he had photographed early in his career in a wooded area of Maine. The house was a basic shape—as one would draw as a child—just a box with a gabled roof."

A view of the home from the east side.

A view of the home from the east side.

The double-height living space is anchored by a wood-burning stove by Lopi in the corner. The large east-facing window on the far wall floods the room with magical morning light. All the windows and doors are by Quantum.

The double-height living space is anchored by a wood-burning stove by Lopi in the corner. The large east-facing window on the far wall floods the room with magical morning light. All the windows and doors are by Quantum.

That simple gabled shape persisted even after Casey began dating Sarah—who is now his wife—and the plan of the home shifted from a modest two-bedroom to a two-story with three bedrooms.

Here, Sarah and their dog, Mandy, are seen in the kitchen. The counters are soapstone and the cabinets stained white oak.

Here, Sarah and their dog, Mandy, are seen in the kitchen. The counters are soapstone and the cabinets stained white oak.

"With the client as our editor, we adhered to that vision of simplicity," notes Arthur of the 1,900-square-foot home. "The result is a monolithic dark volume with carefully placed punched openings."

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The cast-in-place concrete site wall that pierces the volume frames the entry and serves as the kitchen backsplash. The kitchen appliances are by Fisher & Paykel.

The cast-in-place concrete site wall that pierces the volume frames the entry and serves as the kitchen backsplash. The kitchen appliances are by Fisher & Paykel.

The floors in the open-plan living area, kitchen, and dining area are reclaimed longleaf pine. The ceiling beams are also salvaged pine.

The floors in the open-plan living area, kitchen, and dining area are reclaimed longleaf pine. The ceiling beams are also salvaged pine.

The restrained design approach was also inspired by the minimalist architecture of Marfa, a small West Texas town where—at the same time Arthur and Annie-Laurie were designing the house—Casey had been shooting interiors for his first photography book, Marfa Modern.

The living room features a Yucca Stuff coffee table, as well as a sofa that was designed by Austin interior designer Ann Edgerton and built by Tyson Pendergrass.

The living room features a Yucca Stuff coffee table, as well as a sofa that was designed by Austin interior designer Ann Edgerton and built by Tyson Pendergrass.

Bathed in natural light and dressed in natural materials, the house radiates warmth and character with carefully selected furnishings that mix designer and salvaged pieces.

The master bedroom with reclaimed longleaf pine floors overlooks views of the living space. The chair was a gift from Sarah’s mother and the art was gifted by Casey’s parents.

The master bedroom with reclaimed longleaf pine floors overlooks views of the living space. The chair was a gift from Sarah’s mother and the art was gifted by Casey’s parents.

"As architects, we’re always getting in our own way by trying to show off and over complicate things for no reason," Arthur admits. "This project required us to step aside and surrender to the simplicity of it. We actually redesigned the house a million times, and in the end we came back to the very first sketch idea we started with."

A sliding barn door built of salvaged pine separates the master bedroom from the bath.

A sliding barn door built of salvaged pine separates the master bedroom from the bath.

The clawfoot tub was a salvaged find, while reclaimed wood was used for the shelving.

The clawfoot tub was a salvaged find, while reclaimed wood was used for the shelving.

Like the kitchen, the closet vanity features stained white-oak cabinetry.

Like the kitchen, the closet vanity features stained white-oak cabinetry.

The pine-and-steel outdoor dining table is from Hatch Workshop, while the benches were built by Clifton Craftwork and Design.

The pine-and-steel outdoor dining table is from Hatch Workshop, while the benches were built by Clifton Craftwork and Design.

Casa Casey floor plans.

Casa Casey floor plans.

Casa Casey sections and elevations.

Casa Casey sections and elevations.

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Side Angle Side / @sideangleside.co

Builder/ General Contractor: Waller Building Company

Structural Engineer: GreenEarth Engineering, Inc.

Landscape Design Company: Studio Balcones

Lighting Design: Paterson Electric

Interior Design: Ann Edgerton 

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