Midcentury-modern fans who know and admire the work of A.D. Stenger, the Austin architect responsible for many of the city’s most cherished modernist homes, might not recognize this Barton Hills house as one of his works.
That’s because, aside from the neighborhood (one of his main places to develop) and the footprint, it kind of isn’t—though one could say that’s an homage.
What started as a remodel of a Stenger home became, in the hands of Chioco Design—the local firm responsible for some inventive residential work as well as numerous restaurant and bar designs, including the Fran’s-cum-Torchy’s on South Congress and Backbeat—a contemporary that evokes but almost completely replaces the original.
Handmade encaustic tile still grace Stenger’s open floor plan, and while every wall, ceiling and finish is new construction, the scale and proportions do the same. Measuring 2,042 square feet, the home is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace in the central downstairs space.
There is a a master suite upstairs with a private deck and spa-like bath, as well as two additional bedrooms and one and a half additional bathrooms.
A roof deck above offers panoramic views across the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and every room in the house connects to a private outdoor green space. The home’s sophisticated and high-end materials included Carrera marble, floor-to-ceiling travertine, Post Oak floors, concrete countertops, cold-rolled blue-black steel, custom cabinetry, and European fixtures throughout.
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