Sited in the pastoral stretch of western Austin between Commons Ford Ranch and Emma Long Metropolitan Park, this Bercy Chen Studio creation—two new homes on a gently sloping lot with panoramic views—is the quintessence of the architectural style we’ve come to know as Hill Country Modern.
The two houses that make up the residence have a symmetry and similarity in style, but respond to their setting as well. The exteriors juxtapose a stucco base with perforated Corten steel panels on the upper level (there is generous use of Corten throughout the structures) and floor-to-ceiling windows make for a smooth inside-outside transition. A hardwood roof deck and courtyards deepen the connection to the home’s Hill Country and Central Texas surroundings.
The 3,020-square-foot home has a total of five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half-bathroom. Materials and finishes are equally important inside the residence, which has an open plan white oak floors, honed Lueders limestone, and Brazilian hard wood.
European cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and polished chrome hardware and fixtures throughout add elegance and style.
The Hill Country home, which also has nearby Lake Austin access, was recently featured on a Modern Homes Tour.
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