A beautifully reimagined lake house boasts idyllic views over Lake Austin


Ryan Street Architects in collaboration with Studio Seiders reimagined this inviting contemporary lake house nestled on the shores of Lake Austin, Texas. Constructed in the 1970s, this home was positioned in an idyllic setting yet was completely outdated. The owners, a young family of four, commissioned the design team to update their home and gave them carte blanche to do so.

The owners have two high-profile jobs and wished to have a place where they could relax and entertain. They also wanted their home to have an indoor-outdoor connection with their living spaces maximized to take advantage of the serene lake views.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Ryan Street Architects BUILDER Michael Deane Homes INTERIOR DESIGNER Studio Seiders LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Thompson + Hanson STYLIST Adam Fortner


The home was lacking a significant architectural style and the interior layout was dated, so the architects decided to have the home taken down to the studs. On the exterior facade, the original tan bricks were repurposed, complimenting the large steel-framed windows, limestone sills, and copper roof. The result is an exterior facade with a contemporary style evocative of European chalets and New York City townhouses.


This home has a timeless appeal that fits into the context of the neighborhood, as many of the properties date back to the early 1900s.


What We Love: This beautifully reimagined house on Lake Austin perfectly compliments the personality and charm of its inhabitants. Inviting yet sophisticated living spaces were designed for family comfort yet are perfect for entertaining guests. We are especially loving the amazing attention to detail, the wonderful indoor-outdoor connection, and the preservation of the original brick that was used on the exterior to fit into the charm of the neighborhood.

Tell Us: What design elements in this home do you find most inspiring and why in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Texas: Step inside this surprisingly warm and inviting modern Texas home and This fabulous home makeover in Texas features the dreamiest kitchen.


For the interiors, the designer made selections based on the owner’s personalities and their travels. The design reflected a refined aesthetic with a hint of whimsy. Interior spaces are livable yet distinguished, with meticulous attention to detail.


Distinctive architectural details can be found throughout this five-bedroom dwelling. This includes ribbed wooden paneling, parquet floors in the kitchen, white plaster walls, and coffered ceilings.




Above: The dining room is connected to a bar area and a parlor. A custom-designed bleached white oak dining table is encircled by chairs from Ochre. The unique light fixture above the table is by Lindsey Adelman, selected in harmony with the color palette in the nearby parlor.


Above: The home bar features hand-blown glass pendant lights that were designed by Roman and Williams Guild. The Gachot Stools are covered with a charcoal-hued cowhide, sourced from Thomas Hayes Studio. Bringing drama into this space, the paint colors are De Nimes – Farrow & Ball and Railings – Farrow & Ball.


Above: In the kitchen, the parquet wood flooring is the vision of the designer and fabricated by Kristynik Hardwood Flooring. Over the island, the Nantucket All Metal Pendant lights are in burnished brass, sourced from Roman and Williams Guild.



Above: In the breakfast nook, a custom white oak banquette features comfortable leather cushions and a 1920s marble table purchased from M.Naeve antiques in Houston, Texas. Above the table is a bronze and glass pendant light fixture from Rose Uniacke.


Above: The family room features a pair of swivel chairs by Stahl and Band with a mint-hued mohair fabric. Across from the chairs, the Borgo Sofa was sourced from Dmitriy & Co. The exquisite vintage chair is an Audoux-Minet, Rope Chair (can be found on 1stDibs).


Above: The family room features vintage Les Arcs Black Stained Chairs designed/chosen by Charlotte Perriand for and used in the Ski Resort Les Arcs, circa 1960. The oak dining table was sourced from Sun at Six.


Above: The powder bathroom features a custom Calacatta marble sink complimented by an iron-framed mirror from Mirror-tique. On the walls, the flowered wallcovering is from Kelly Ventura Design.


Above: In the primary bedroom the coffered ceiling is covered in white oak. Most of the furnishings were custom fabricated. On the floor, the vintage rugs were sourced from Carol Piper Rugs.




Above: In the bathroom, the exquisite chandelier above the tub is by Lindsey Adelman. On the floor, the black and white mosaic tiles are by Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks.



Above: This home office is located on the second level, features a steel and travertine coffee table from Fair Design. The vintage zebra hide chair is by by Alvar Aalto. On the walls, ebonized oak paneling serves as a backdrop for the Greg Miller artwork.


Above: In the boy’s bedroom, the Paper Mâché Taxidermy are from Nickey Kehoe.


Above: The basement level was designed as a kids play space. With a ceiling height of just seven feet, the designer painted the whole area in a bright white to keep it feeling light and and airy. An inviting sectional sofa was sourced from Croft House, along with an ottoman covered in a Bourette silk in a Jacquard weave called “Leo” by Jennifer Shorto.


Above: On the second level of this house, a fabulous terrace provides sweeping views over Lake Austin. A teak dining table and chairs were sourced from Harbour Outdoor. Above the table is a lantern-style pendant light called the “Chelsea” from The Urban Electric Company. The grill is by Wolf.



Above: In the backyard, an enormous oak tree provides beauty and an abundance of shade to the garden. The sun loungers were sourced from Restoration Hardware, while the teak sofa and armchairs are from Harbour Outdoors.

PHOTOGRAPHER Douglas Friedman

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Caroline West
1 year ago

Over the top! Absolutely beautiful down to every detail!