From J.C. Schmeil
The clients for this project on Austin’s East Side lived in a small 1940s
bungalow, that was no longer large enough to accommodate their growing
family. The bungalow was moved off-site and donated to a non-profit, as
construction started on Phase I of the project: a back yard “Accessory
Dwelling Unit.” Designed with a garage below it, the ADU provides a private
retreat for visiting family and friends. its two-story volume anchoring one end
of the backyard to create a pool oasis.
The main house was designed in a “top down” process to take advantage of
the City of Austin’s “habitable attic exemption.” This allowed for a third floor
office space exempt from floor-area ratio requirements, with a roof deck
overlooking downtown. The house was conceived as a peaceful retreat
from city life, with a neutral interior palette enlivened by pops of color and
protected views of the lush backyard.