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Family-Sized Addition for Renovated Austin Bungalow

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Austin architect J.C. Schmeil converted his family's 1935 bungalow into a spacious modern family home on a modest budget and with tons of ingenuity.

Austin architect J.C. Schmeil's family home, a 1935 bungalow in the South Congress neighborhood, had lots of charm but lacked square footage and some crucial modern conveniences. Lassoing his experience with several local renovation projects—including this midcentury modern kitchen remodel—Schmeil added over 1,000 square feet to the house while respecting the scale of its surroundings, and his family's budget.

Architect J.C. Schmeil renovated and added onto a 1935 Austin bungalow in order to better accommodate his family: wife…
The front door opens onto a combination dining/library, with a vaulted ceiling. The entry wall features a…
Schmeil says of spaces, like the dining room/library shown here, "Although the house feels like it has distinct spaces…
There were numerous design parameters to consider, from adding space to staying within budget to matching the scale of…
The original arch and wall framing was retained between the dining room and the kitchen, while the kitchen has been…
Schmeil explains the ethos behind the reconfigured layout: "The house is pretty idiosyncratic in that it has really…
A dormer on the south side of the house contains two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms features a reading loft carved out…
In the kids' bathroom upstairs, you can again see how J.C. Schmiel wrapped large windows around each corner of the…
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