A balance of natural light, simple materials, and flows, are integrated with controlled views and atmospheric variation. This Central Austin house was remodeled in the spirit of the original Mid-Century Modern house, with an open plan, honest natural materials, and a direct connection to nature.

The design opens the house up not only by unifying the common areas, but also by literally raising the original roof. Through merely consolidating the service core and extending it as much as possible to the back, both public and private zones become more desirable. The kitchen is seen as part of the social space, opening up rather than part of the service core. This strategy allows a completely open planned public zone which allows a raised ceiling height with clerestory windows on the south, west and north sides. The raised ceiling maintains the original pitched roof geometry to stay harmoniously with the existing gabled roof in the private zone. The exposed roof structure helps to define each function and expanding beyond the face to connect to the outdoors while preserving privacy to the street, and the tongue and groove wood ceiling continues out to the soffit to visually dissolve the limits of enclosure. Furthermore, as an effort to bring the outdoors in, intimate patios are created for both public and private areas.

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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo  of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, and Glass Siding Material. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 2 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, and Mid-Century Building Type. The renovation literally raised the roof, increasing the interior ceiling height and allowing for the addition of clerestory windows. Photo 3 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The renovation literally raised the roof, increasing the interior ceiling height and allowing for the addition of clerestory windows.

Modern home with Living Room, Table Lighting, End Tables, Lamps, Chair, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Rug Floor, Concrete Floor, and Floor Lighting. The new open-plan living/dining/kitchen space benefits from the raised ceiling height and the addition of the clerestory windows on the south, west and north sides.  Photo 4 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The new open-plan living/dining/kitchen space benefits from the raised ceiling height and the addition of the clerestory windows on the south, west and north sides.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, End Tables, Table, Chair, Rug Floor, Storage, and Console Tables. The renovation opened the kitchen to the living space and added an island for increased prep and storage space. Photo 5 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The renovation opened the kitchen to the living space and added an island for increased prep and storage space.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Recessed Lighting, Range, Cooktops, Concrete Floor, Ice Maker, Colorful Cabinet, Undermount Sink, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, and Engineered Quartz Counter. The natural material palette of stone, wood, and polished concrete is enhanced by views of the surrounding greenery. Photo 6 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The natural material palette of stone, wood, and polished concrete is enhanced by views of the surrounding greenery.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, Console Tables, Chair, Shelves, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Concrete Floor, Lamps, Bench, Table Lighting, Storage, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Sectional, Floor Lighting, and Rug Floor. The view from the kitchen. Photo 7 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The view from the kitchen.

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Table, Bar, Rug Floor, Chair, Stools, Storage, Concrete Floor, and Recessed Lighting. The dining space. The Joules midcentury modern chandelier was ordered from Etsy. Photo 8 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The dining space. The Joules midcentury modern chandelier was ordered from Etsy.

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Range, Range Hood, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Colorful Cabinet, Ice Maker, Dishwasher, Recessed Lighting, Undermount Sink, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, and Engineered Quartz Counter. The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling continues right out to the soffit. The beautiful graphic cement tiles from Cle carry over into the outdoor patio, further blending the indoor and outdoor spaces. Photo 9 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling continues right out to the soffit. The beautiful graphic cement tiles from Cle carry over into the outdoor patio, further blending the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wire Fences, Wall, Back Yard, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Raised Planters, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Post Lighting, Metal Fences, Wall, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, and Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 10 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wire Fences, Wall, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Walkways, Horizontal Fences, Wall, and Planters Patio, Porch, Deck. A private patio complete with an outdoor shower lies just off the master bedroom. The Cle tiles in the kitchen also feature here, unifying the outdoor space.  Photo 11 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

A private patio complete with an outdoor shower lies just off the master bedroom. The Cle tiles in the kitchen also feature here, unifying the outdoor space.

Modern home with Chair, Bench, Floor Lighting, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, Lamps, Rug Floor, and Table Lighting. The renovation extended the back of the house to increase the home's square footage. It also added an additional bedroom with an ensuite bath, and the master bedroom received a new walk-in closet and sliding doors leading to the backyard. Photo 12 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The renovation extended the back of the house to increase the home's square footage. It also added an additional bedroom with an ensuite bath, and the master bedroom received a new walk-in closet and sliding doors leading to the backyard.

Modern home with Recessed Lighting and Concrete Floor. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Twist Tours Photo 13 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Twist Tours

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Rug Floor, and Recessed Lighting. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 14 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 15 of Re-Open House modern homeView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Console Tables, Storage, Sofa, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 16 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Trees, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Wood Fences, Wall, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Wire Fences, Wall, Metal Fences, Wall, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, and Planters Patio, Porch, Deck. The increased square footage and the outdoor patios are welcome additions to the home. Photo 17 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

The increased square footage and the outdoor patios are welcome additions to the home.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, House Building Type, and Glass Siding Material. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 18 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, House Building Type, Glass Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith Photo 19 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Modern home with Kitchen, Range, Ice Maker, Colorful Cabinet, Refrigerator, Range Hood, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Pendant Lighting, Rug Floor, Cooktops, Dishwasher, and Recessed Lighting. Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Before & After Photo 20 of Re-Open HouseView Photos

Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture | Before & After

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Style
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 1567
  • Lot Size
  • 5930 sqf