Austin’s Northwest Hills neighborhood boasts scads of midcentury-modern houses that were built during that booming period. That environment and style were almost certainly inspirations behind this newly built home, which riffs on the design period and fits right into the neighborhood without being too literal about it. Designed by longtime local architecture firm and go-to preservationists Clayton and Little, along with Allison Crawford Design, it’s an excellent example of how to bring influences from the past into the present.
The two-story brick house measures 3,525 square feet and has five bedrooms and five bathrooms (also a big departure from your average midcentury home’s scale). Thoughtful placement under a mature tree canopy, along with its pinkish brick and unpainted, sealed wood under its eaves, soften the modern lines and elements without compromising their unmistakeable influences, visible in such features as a walled entrance and and peaked roof with clerestory windows offset from the center of the house.
The kitchen opens to the dining and living areas and features a long, marbled-looking island.
The home features wood, hard tile, and marble floors throughout, and the master suite has two walk-in closets, a walk-in shower, and a double vanity.
A cleverly designed outdoor living area keeps cars in the side garage out of site and leads to a fenced backyard.
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