Repeat clients for this architect opted to downsize and purchased a two-story condominium in the heart of Austin’s Clarksville neighborhood—a property they had originally developed and built some 35 years ago. The Elm Court Complex, an example of Missing Middle Housing, contains eight units, each with private exterior walled courtyards. The location and exterior still had appeal, but the 1,700 square-foot interior was dated, both in layout and details, and lacked spatial openness. The goal became to achieve a cleaner interior with flowing spatial relationships and balanced natural light. Enclosing a stoop with a steel and glass door resulted in a larger, more gracious entry. Gutting the unit’s south side resulted in a sitting room opening to the kitchen, layered with a vestibule/mud room. A brick bay window was replaced with a steel and glass unit. More generous, spacious rooms were achieved by vaulting the common areas and raising all door openings to eight feet. The master suite was flipped in plan, windows were enlarged, and a closet was transformed into a bonus open loft.
John Mayfield, AIA
William Jackson, AIA