Texas dream home offers striking blend of modern and traditional design


Set on a long and narrow lot in Austin, Texas, this transitional style dream home was designed by Hugh Jefferson Randolph in collaboration with Joseph Fowler Homes. The home was created for a family with two children, offering five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms (including a pool cabana). The challenge of this project was to create a home that would fit into a 1940s neighborhood but meet the modern lifestyle needs of a busy family.

Every surface and material was carefully considered in the house, with a preference for craftsmanship. The cold-rolled steel vent hood and fireplace balance the handmade terracotta tile, and rough-hewn beams provide an overhead rhythm echoed at a smaller scale in the shiplap on the walls of the office nook. Smaller spaces to slip away were developed throughout the house to balance the open volumes of the main spaces, allowing spots to curl up with a good book, or work on Legos.

Project Team: Architect: Hugh Jefferson Randolph / Interior Design: 3 Fold Design Studio / Builder: Joseph Fowler Homes / Cabinet Designer: Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry & Millwork


What We Love: With meticulous attention to detail, this dream home presents a brilliant use of space. The mixture of materials and textures are absolute perfection. We are especially loving the exterior facade, with it’s eclectic mix of brick, steel, glass, wood, and tile. Spectacular!!… Readers, what details in this home caught your eye? Please share with us in the Comments below!

Above: The wall and ceiling paint throughout the interiors is Intense White OC-51 | Benjamin Moore.


Above: In the sunroom, the floor features cement tile from Arto. The light fixture was sourced from Etsy.


Above: The windows were sourced from Portella Steel Doors and Windows. The staircase next to the dining room is comprised of 5-inch-wide white oak hardwood.


Above: In the living room, the floors are polished cement. The beams are rough-sawn Douglas fir, antiqued on site.


Above: The fireplace has a Venetian plaster surround. The top portion is steel with a clear sealer to maintain the patina.


Above: The countertop is Cesarstone Pure White, while the cabinets are alder wood with a semi clear stain and white glaze mixed in. The range mirrors the fireplace in the living room—both are cold rolled steel—fabricated locally by Austin Iron. They are finished with a clear sealer to maintain the patina but help prevent rust. The ceiling beams are fir in a natural clear coat.


Above: The kitchen is the gathering place for the entire family, featuring an oversized island that anchors the room. It offers an easy place to hang out during parties and a perfect spot for homework or casual meals. A wall of terracotta tile is the showstopping backdrop to the entire space, which highlights the important role the kitchen plays for the family. The French cafe stools in front of the island are from Restoration Hardware.


Above: Kitchen Backsplash – Walker Zanger Duquesa Fatima Decorative / Field: 4 5/8” x 4 5/8” / Color: Mezzanotte. The cabinet hardware is the Apollo pulls from Ashley Norton.



Above: The alder cabinets are a custom blended semi transparent Benjamin Moore stain with a bit of white glaze. The backsplash tiles are Pratt and Larson Texture A W82. There are LED tape lights underneath the wood shelves to illuminate the space.


Above: The beautiful mirror above the vanity in this powder bathroom was sourced from Wisteria.



Above: The upstairs hallway leads to the master bedroom suite. The flooring is white oak.



Above: The bathroom backsplash tile is Pratt and Larson Texture A W82.


Above: The floor tiles are 12″x24″ cut in a herringbone pattern, in Manhattan Grey, L Nova from Artistic Tile. The bathtub is the Barcelona bath by Victoria & Albert.


Above: The outdoor cabana bathroom features a Mirabelle MIR3219RCP / MIR32198AWH vanity supplied by Ferguson Supply. The tub surround is Ann Sacks Eastern Promise Marrrakesh Baltic.


Above: The pool cabana features a cozy lounge area with a fireplace. The staircase leads to a small apartment above that the homeowners use as a home office. All the coping and deck material is native Texas Leuders Stone.


Above: The window manufacturer is Portella Steel Doors and Windows. The roof is 24 gauge Berridge ‘Pre-Weathered Galvalume Kynar 500. The siding is Douglas fir ship lap. The front and rear exterior wall mounted lights were all made by Bevolo out of New Orleans. Paint colors: Exterior Brick: Classic Gray 1548 | Benjamin Moore / Exterior Trim and Facia: Iron Mountain 2134-30 | Benjamin Moore.

Photos: Fine Focus Photography

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1 year ago

I would love to see the floorpan of this house with the entrance out front and the garage set back.