3,237 square feet
Upon moving to Austin, a young family immediately sought out an architect to aid in their property search and to design their new home. The flat, empty lot they purchased in the Old Enfield neighborhood was a rare find. Aside from a 40-foot front-yard setback, the property was otherwise a blank slate. To provide a point of interest, maximize available space, and optimize energy efficiency, the main house is oriented on a true east-west axis while the carport/guest suite building remains parallel to the street. This orientation sets the house at an angle to the street and property lines, creating intriguing trapezoidal pockets of exterior space around the home, including an intimate side courtyard featuring a folded perforated metal stair. The design gives a nod to the established neighborhood with its subtle exterior. Meanwhile, the interior explores volume and texture with a three-story dining room, exposed structural features, and natural materials.
Carina Coel, AIA