Austin Modern Home Tour 2013
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First things first: When you go on a home tour, you must choose your socks carefully. I (very) carefully chose bacon socks. Bacon goes with everything!
We picked up tickets at a house I've lusted to see on the north side of town, and here is what greeted us: A huge line!
Nice linear-looking house.
This was the $115 a square foot house on the tour with rather inspired landscaping made up of materials recycled onsite:
This house in east Austin was rather fabulous and inspired for a number of reasons. First, they kept the limestone bones of the original (tiny) house intact and built it into the landscape. Brilliant!
That photo above shows a pond (fit into a stock tank below grade) with a tall iron pipe serving as the water fall.
To keep the three-story house under the McMansion envelope (the height restrictions in centralish Austin), the house had to be lowered a few feet! Dude!!!
When we went on the Funky Chicken Coop Tour a few years ago (yes, we have a Funky Chicken Coop Tour), we walked past this house on the way to a historical mansion with automated chicken coop doors and whispered "mmmmm: nice!" This year it was on the tour!
This house in south Austin was built on a lot we looked at. The challenge for building on this particular lot (besides the asking price) was the huge (and beautiful) oak tree right in the middle of a relatively smallish lot. The architect embraced the challenge and focused the entire house (appropriately) on the tree.
This was an addition around the corner that was also tree focused.
This next house had the yard we really wanted to see. These folks bought two lots in 78704 (now that's money...) and hired their son to design and build their home. And he did a fine job. Spacious, funky, and cool as heck.
The last house we stopped at was all European Modern, built and owned by a designer and builder of modern homes.