The ranch-style home, an offshoot of modernism that hit its stride in the 1960s, offers a look and a layout that was once ubiquitous and remains familiar to most Americans. It’s been around long enough that different generations have different associations with it, and the past few decades have seen a renewed interest in the style, especially when updated in a way that refreshes as well as reinforces its intentional features, such as an open, informal design with bedrooms and living areas in separate wings.
This home, located in the central Austin Wooten neighborhood, is certainly a case of owners appreciating their house’s design and taking care to update it in that spirit. Enlisting locally based architectural design collaborative Studio A Group, they undertook a renovation that lasted, off an on, over seven years.
The result is a space that has been transformed through materials, colors, and textures rather than lots of structural changes (though many of its systems have been updated).
The 2,862-square-foot house has three living areas, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and large shade trees in front and back yards.
The kitchen features custom millwork, stainless steel appliances, steel countertops, recessed lighting, and an abundance of prep space.
A downstairs room with a separate entrance can function as a guest room, office, or game/rec room.
The master bed- and bathrooms include marble countertops, high-end fixtures, custom everything—cement tile floor, millwork, and closet with dressing area.
There are two bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs, all updated with full-on commitment to color.
The fenced backyard has covered and uncovered patios, as well as a covered walkway to a carport.
• 1810 Belford Street [The Gill Agency]