Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square Footage

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For over fifty years, A.D. Stenger was a unique figure in the American architectural landscape. Idiosyncratic and independent, Stenger acted as developer, architect, and builder to produce his own unique brand of relaxed modern architecture. Here's how a local architecture firm added on to a Stenger home.

The architects of Austin-based Webber + Studio were asked by a recent divorcee, seeking a home for her three daughters and dog, to renovate a 1968 Stenger home and double its size by adding 1,500 square feet. The architects emulated the home’s Japanese-inspired elements and referenced other Stenger houses in the area to produce a tasteful homage to a classic modern style.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Mid-Century Building Type. The original home was only one story, but the need for two children’s bedrooms demanded a second floor in order to retain a modest backyard. The architects' first challenge was to preserve the home’s character in the second-story addition. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The original home was only one story, but the need for two children’s bedrooms demanded a second floor in order to retain a modest backyard. The architects' first challenge was to preserve the home’s character in the second-story addition.

Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, and House Building Type. The architects felt that a strong vertical addition would draw extra attention to the original house’s strong horizontal character. The tower itself is a reinterpretation of an A-frame from another Strenger house five doors down. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The architects felt that a strong vertical addition would draw extra attention to the original house’s strong horizontal character. The tower itself is a reinterpretation of an A-frame from another Strenger house five doors down.

Modern home with Exterior and Mid-Century Building Type. The house’s Japanese inspiration manifests in many ways, including beams that extend outwards over the front door. Floor-to-ceiling windows around the entrance and continuous indoor-outdoor epoxy-pebble flooring blur the barrier between the interior and exterior. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The house’s Japanese inspiration manifests in many ways, including beams that extend outwards over the front door. Floor-to-ceiling windows around the entrance and continuous indoor-outdoor epoxy-pebble flooring blur the barrier between the interior and exterior.

Modern home with Kitchen and Wall Oven. The architects went with a bold, orange hue for the kitchen countertops. Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The architects went with a bold, orange hue for the kitchen countertops. Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space.

Modern home with Exterior and Mid-Century Building Type. A pool located just outside the dining space and master bedroom echoes the home's angular forms. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

A pool located just outside the dining space and master bedroom echoes the home's angular forms.

Modern home with Outdoor, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, Wood Fences, Wall, Grass, and Walkways. The pool’s pinched center and a nearby shade tree reflect the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” or imperfection in beauty. A large stepping stone also references a stepping stone in a Japanese garden pool. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The pool’s pinched center and a nearby shade tree reflect the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” or imperfection in beauty. A large stepping stone also references a stepping stone in a Japanese garden pool.

Modern home with Bath Room and Freestanding Tub. The master bath features a freestanding bathtub and elegantly curved spout. Photo  of Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square FootageView Photos

The master bath features a freestanding bathtub and elegantly curved spout.