Updating a traditional luxury home of recent vintage can be tricky; redesigns often aim for gravitas and warmth by attempting to reproduce the styles of European royalty from past centuries. It’s a gambit that usually fails, clashing with contemporary suburban architecture and calling attention to its nouveau qualities.
This 1989 build in West Lake instead opts for a blend of primarily contemporary motifs, blending in some American traditional details, to much better effect. The two-story colonial-style home is located in a cul-de-sac, on a large lot with the appropriately traditional mass of grassy front lawn and circular driveway.
Inside, though, the design is stripped down with large expanses of airy, light-filled, white rooms that bring out a few choice features: the line of a staircase, a fireplace mantel, a light fixture, a window shaped to showcase the greenery outside.
Traditional features such as crown molding and plantation shutters are balanced by more contemporary details, such as recessed lighting and unique, steel-and-glass sliding doors.
Located near Lake Austin, across from the Bright Leaf Preserve, the home measures 5,387 square feet.
The high-ceilinged house features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, with double vanities and two closets in the master bedroom.
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