River Garden Trail Residence

Austin, Texas
Location
  • Austin, Texas
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 5700
  • This project page was created by community member Texas Construction Company

    THE GOAL
    To create a showplace for a professional motorcycle racer to host fellow athletes.

    THE PROCESS
    Although the original house sat on a hilltop with a stunning view of Lake Austin, its architecture failed to take advantage of the setting. The client wanted a better layout and stylish aesthetics that revealed the house's hidden beauty. Part of our strategy was to clarify roof lines throughout the structure, as well as in the entry and back patio canopies and the porte cochere. As demolition proceeded, it also became clear that other issues demanded attention: Waterproofing, drainage, and landscaping needed to be addressed in addition to renovation.

    The expanded agenda meant that design flaws original to the house could be erased, too. Ductwork in the living room ceiling was reworked, and a dormer above the living area was removed to allow the creation of a double-height vaulted wood ceiling that extends into the upstairs master bedroom. The living room’s focal point is overhead: A dramatic steel motorcycle platform outside the bedroom presents a new industrial aesthetic while featuring two of the client's most cherished motorcycles.

    We also opened interior spaces, removing walls in the kitchen and rebuilding the stairwell as open and expansive to invite maximum light. New high-end finishes such as blackened steel on the fireplace were introduced to update the look. Some finishes have personal significance for the homeowner: The master bedroom headboard and the office door were fabricated from pecan trees from the homeowner’s parents' property, which burned in the 2011 Bastrop wildfires. An ipe deck and barbecue area extend from the formal living area, further expanding the homeowner’s options for entertaining.

    THE FINAL RESULT
    The new layout and more modern aesthetic now meet the client’s social needs and are a powerful expression of his personality.

    Master bedroom loft Photo  of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Master bedroom loft

    Stairs Photo 2 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Stairs

    Front exterior Photo 3 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Front exterior

    Master bedroom Photo 4 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Master bedroom

    Exterior - pool Photo 5 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Exterior - pool

    Exterior - driveway Photo 6 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Exterior - driveway

    Livingroom Photo 7 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Livingroom

    Master bath Photo 8 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Master bath

    Back porch Photo 9 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Back porch

    Kitchen Photo 10 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Kitchen

    Awning detail Photo 11 of River Garden Trail Residence modern home

    Awning detail