Exterior and House Building Type The streamlined shape of the home kept slab, framing, and roofing costs down, Pavonetti explains. A barn red shade on the front door adds a touch of farmhouse whimsy to the modern structure.  Photo 1 of 20 in Before & After: A Rustic Austin Home Gets a Dose of California Cool from This Bright, Personality-Filled Home Was Built on a Budget in Austin

Before & After: A Rustic Austin Home Gets a Dose of California Cool

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"Austin is one of those cities that makes you feel like you are part of something really great, a special community unlike many other places I've been," says Alexandra LaCoste, who bought this East Austin house recently built by Shane Michael Pavonetti, a local architect and contractor.