Fabulous modern lakeside retreat set on the shores of Lake Austin, Texas

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This casual compound has been designed as a modern lakeside retreat by San Antonio-based architects Lake|Flato, located high above Lake Austin, Texas. This is the second home for a busy couple who lives near San Francisco and loves the water. Nested on 5-acres plot between a creek and the shores of Lake Austin, this dream home is an escape from their careers and eventually a retirement home to enjoy outdoor living.

Encompassing 2,836 square feet of living space, this home encompasses three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The architects were presented with design challenges when they began the planning process of this home. They were faced with setbacks, environment restrictions and an identified floodplain. These kind of restrictions forced the design team to get creative, with only a quarter of an acre as usable land. The outcome: indoor-outdoor living was maximized throughout the design.

Project Team: Architects: Lake|Flato / Builder: Don Crowell Builders / Landscape Architecture: The Garden Design Studio / Furniture: Abode/Fern Santini Design

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The architects created an L-shaped footprint, which was determined by three mature oak trees. This consists of a two story main residence and a lap pool on one side, and separate guest quarters and a garage can be found on the other side. The structures are connected by a long boardwalk leading to the lake pavilion, while on the opposing end it leads to a boat dock on the creek.

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What We Love: This modern lakeside retreat features spectacular design throughout, from custom details to the integration of indoor and outdoor living. We are loving everything about this home… to wake up every morning to beautiful lakeside views would be amazing. Overall this home is modern yet cozy, with stylish features from the furnishings to the catwalk linking the main house to the outdoor structures… Readers, what design details in this home most inspires you and why?

Note: Have a look at a couple of our most popular home tours that we have featured from the portfolio of Lake|Flato Architects here: Hillside dwelling in Texas with a fantastic indoor-outdoor connection and Texas Hill Country ranch home offers a water’s edge retreat.

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A long exterior boardwalk connects a series of structures that stair step down the hillside, crossing a 75-foot lap pool and terminating at a screened pavilion by the water’s edge,” states the architect. “Twin porches and a two-story living area, with a treetop level master bedroom loft and “crow’s nest” office, allow the house to be both intimate and social, effortlessly engaging guests and owners.”

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Above: The main house features a catwalk that connects it to one of the three out buildings.

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Above: Interior designer Fern Santini decorated the interiors with neutral color palette, complimented by a few pops of color in the furnishings and accessories. Classic pieces in the living room sits boldly against the architecture and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

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Above: The hanging steel bookcase was custom designed for the space.

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Above: A board-formed concrete fireplace anchors this outdoor living room with a lakefront view.

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Photos: Courtesy of Lake Flato Architects

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