This cute little cottage just listed in Bouldin Creek is, in fact, quite small (895 square feet) and equally precious. Built in 1941, it also captures the essence of the resourceful South Austin redo, elevating humble and original materials and scale to a charming—in the best sense of the word—effect. Thus, shiplap and clapboard are exposed, some of painted or whitewashed, some left raw. Quirky arches and curves in odd-shaped rooms are tweaked with wallpaper. Odd old niches are honored and new ones created. Different types of tile mix nicely with more shiplap.
It’s comforting to know that this kind of remodel—like the undulating tree and drought-resistant garden out front, and the screened porch and raised beds out back—still exists in Austin.
Even better: Behind the two-bedroom, one-bathroom main home, there’s a separate building that can be used for studio, office, workshop, or other—including parties—with a loft, a full bathroom (with clawfoot tub, no less), and a kitchen-type area with an industrial sink.
Floors are concrete and wood, and the kitchen has stainless appliances and on-demand hot water.
The grounds on the corner lot include mature shade trees, established garden beds and a compost area for fresh produce or flowers, a garden courtyard, and rain barrels. There’s a cedar fence and one off-street parking space.
The 433-square-foot studio was built in 2010 and designed by local architect Stuart Sampley.
• 1201 Bouldin Avenue [The Gill Agency]