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Architect Bob Wetmore designed this custom residence in Austin, Texas, for clients who wanted their new home to complement their active lifestyle and satisfy their desire to spend as much time as possible outside.
|By covering the outdoor living areas, you create a clearly defined living space that not only provides shelter from the elements but also establishes a sense of ‘room’ outside.
Bob Wetmore, Cornerstone Group Architects
Architect Bob Wetmore designed this custom residence in Austin, Texas, for clients who wanted their new home to complement their active lifestyle and satisfy their desire to spend as much time as possible outside. In fact, he says, the family uses the home’s outdoor living spaces nearly as much as those inside.
Providing outdoor living space is critical in this market,” Wetmore says. “How far you go depends on what each client wants to spend for execution. In this case, the homeowners wanted to be able to relax in their outdoor space and still feel as though they were a part of what was going on inside.”
The open floor plan not only provides an ideal setting for the couple’s contemporary art collection but also creates the virtually seamless transition from indoors to outdoors that they desired. Floor-to-ceiling windows meet in a corner in the central great room. This wide expanse of glass, which incorporates a patio door, provides visual and physical connections between this space and the outdoors.
Austin’s mild climate enables the clients to enjoy their home’s outdoor elements nearly year-round, builder Brian Bailey says. The roof line was extended out over a portion of the patio, creating an outdoor living room. Sheltered from the sun, this area stays cool in the summer. During the winter, the ceiling helps retain heat generated by the outdoor fireplace, which serves as the focal point for this space.
The home also features an open-air cooking and buffet area off the kitchen and a pool and multilevel terrace overlooking a natural creek that spans the property. The site’s rugged topography was left virtually undisturbed, Wetmore says, and was used to enhance the home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. X
Style of Home | Texas Hill Country contemporary
Location | Austin, Texas
Total Square Footage | 5,060 (air-conditioned), 7,677 (total framed)
Market Value | $1.6 million
Builder | Brian A. Bailey Homes, Austin
Architect | Cornerstone Group Architects, Austin
Custom Client | Active family with children
Major Products Used | Appliances: Sub-Zero (outdoor kitchen grill, refrigerator) | Cabinetry: custom beech and cherry | Doors and Windows: Kolbe & Kolbe | Exterior Finish: stucco | Fireplace: Isokern | Flooring: concrete | Wood Ceiling: red cedar; Kelly-Moore (stain) | Home Controls/Automation: Lutron Homeworks | HVAC: Trane | Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler | Roofing: Smith Roofing, Austin (double-locked, standing-seam sheet metal)
A Smooth Transition