This amazing Texas home has modern yet welcoming design details


This modern home called “cove house” was designed by Cornerstone Architects, located in the Rollingwood neighborhood of Austin, Texas. The dwelling is nestled on a peculiar guitar-shaped property with an extraordinarily limited buildable area.

A 4-Story elevator forms a “spine” that distributes rooms vertically to minimize the home’s footprint. Craftsmanship abounds in cantilevered stair treads, a transparent cable guard rail, and brake metal trim that unifies larger assemblies. The dwelling has 4,888 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE J Christopher Architecture, Cornerstone Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Wendy William Design  LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Grieg-Percy Collaborative BUILDER Four Square Builders


High privacy windows and abundant north-facing glass soak up downtown views and provide natural daylighting without heat gain. Massive cantilevered roof overhangs, decks, and preserved trees supply shade and define inviting outdoor “rooms”. Blurring inside and out, meticulously crafted wood soffits and other exterior materials “penetrate” windows to arrive inside.


The kitchen boasts micro-thin countertops, “floating” upper cabinets, and glass-faced drawers and appliances.
Exterior aluminum panels, “concrete” stucco, and native Texas limestone also grace the interior.


In the kitchen, interstitial windows create “hovering” upper cabinets while a painted glass backsplash and drawer fronts mimic adjacent Miele appliances. Neolith tops afford large expanses of seamless preparation surface.


Interior spaces are neatly detailed with trim-less metal door frames, reglet cut flush baseboards, and brake metal window wraps. Native limestone forms custom wall sconces, hidden receptacle “caps”, and a floating fireplace. 


Custom wood ceiling planks align perfectly with square and linear fixtures while flush commercial-grade air diffusers and sleek trim-less downlights minimize clutter at gyp. board ceilings.


What We Love: This extraordinary Texas home offers modern yet inviting architectural details throughout its design. Surrounded by a lushly landscaped property, large windows invite the beauty of nature inside. Overall, we are loving this thoughtfully designed home with its sustainable design features and open and spacious interior layout.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetics of this home? Let us know in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

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A potting pavilion and garden occupy the “neck” of a peculiar guitar-shaped lot while various wall offsets embrace the curve of the cul-de-sac.


Sustainability Highlights

  • A 25,000-gallon underground cistern
  • Rainwater collection
  • Solar collection
  • 9 zone VRV HVAC system
  • An airtight building envelope
  • On-site garden with potting pavilion
  • Stormwater is managed on-site with rain gardens of native plants and grasses
  • Exterior craft is evidenced by a custom steel and cedar fence design, an integral hidden gutter system, and a backlit cut steel address plaque. 
  • Transitioning from naturalistic curves to more rigid house forms, Cor-ten steel landscape walls unify the site, framing a bocce ball court and delineating paths and rain gardens.




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