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April 13, 2015
Everything may be bigger in Texas, but these households maintain simplicity without forsaking their Southwestern personalities.
Modern Texan addition and renovation with office nook in stairwell and living room

Sam Shah and Anne Suttles asked architect Kevin Alter to renovate their 1920s bungalow in Austin, Texas, and add an addition, which contains a living area downstairs and an office upstairs. They tucked an office nook under the stairs; the Eames chair is a hand-me-down from Shah’s father.

 

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Originally appeared in 1920s Bungalow Plus Modern Addition Equals Perfect Austin Home
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Austin home with red front door

When architect and contractor Shane Michael Pavonetti and his wife, Holly, designed their eco-friendly home in Austin, they opted for "vernacular influenced by modernism that highlights the process and details of construction."

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Pavonetti
Originally appeared in Bright, Personality-Filled Home Built on a Budget in Austin
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Austin living room with floor-to-ceiling windows

The couple's vision shines through in the interior with locally crafted windows, exposed beams, and concrete floors under a gabled roof. 

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Pavonetti
Originally appeared in Bright, Personality-Filled Home Built on a Budget in Austin
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modern home with concrete floor and green pouffe

When Austin residents Kristin and Lowell Galindo were looking to build a low-cost and livable home, they approached architect Sean Guess for his proclivity for rough-hewn materials. “The project was about keeping a simple, modern approach,” Kristin says.

Originally appeared in Inexpensive Materials Pay Off Big
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Renovated ranch home with limestone walls and gabled Cor-Ten roof

Balancing stucco walls with reclaimed wood and Texas limestone, this renovated Dallas residence by Wernerfield Architects is warm and inviting, yet unapologetically modern.

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Charles Smith
Originally appeared in Modern Dallas Family Home
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modern vanguard way  kitchen copper pots refrigerator

When Dallas couple Deborah Orrill and Blair Sanders hired architect Max Levy to design their new home, they emphasized that the kitchen should be command central for entertaining. Everything is kept inside minimalist cabinetry—except for the copper pots and pans hanging on the back wall.

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modern vanguard way martini deck cylindrical entry galvanized steel

Orrill and Sanders stand outside the cylindrical entry to their home, which is exemplary of Levy's use of small but mighty design details. A “martini deck” is tucked atop the entry, which is clad in raw, galvanized sheet metal.

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Originally appeared in A Light-Filled, Nature-Inspired House in Dallas
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Modern Texan addition and renovation with office nook in stairwell and living room

Sam Shah and Anne Suttles asked architect Kevin Alter to renovate their 1920s bungalow in Austin, Texas, and add an addition, which contains a living area downstairs and an office upstairs. They tucked an office nook under the stairs; the Eames chair is a hand-me-down from Shah’s father.

 

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