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A fabulous contemporary dream home created for empty nesters in Texas

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Clark Richardson Architects has designed this contemporary home for empty nesters located in the quaint and leafy residential neighborhood of Rosedale, in north-central Austin, Texas. When the lucky homeowners purchased a poorly maintained house, it quickly found its way into the landfill. After commissioning the architect for this project, a year later this incredible custom dream home became a reality.

Specific goals for this project include plenty of natural light, a chef’s kitchen, ample outdoor entertaining, and an abundance of street appeal. Walls were sized to fit specific pieces of art collected from travels. Continue below to see the rest of this home…

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Clark Richardson Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Clark Richardson Architects BUILDER Mangum Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN Open Envelope Studio

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The receding carport volume is a nice counterpoint to the projecting main massing. There are two French-style sets of doors integrated with the wood cladding. For a very organized couple of empty-nesters, it was important to ensure the everyday necessities were as seamless in the design as the more noticeable elements.

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Spaces and volumes and elements intersect at the exterior foyer, drawing one along the prominent axis right from the curb. As the home unfolds, the scale of the facade cascades to remain comfortable in the approach and appropriate to the neighborhood.

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Above: In the foyer, Lueders Limestone continues seamlessly from exterior to interior. The stained wood of the large entry door provides a touch of warmth. In the hall is a coat closet and A.V. hub opposite the entry along with a front guest bedroom/office. The bathroom beyond functions as a powder for the front half of the home, yet discreet enough to remain private and not distract from the entry.

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The owners came to the table with a collection of art, mostly wall-hung, that was integrated into the design from the beginning. This meant measuring, cataloging, and placement in 3d models during the design process to ensure proper lighting and other environmental conditions for each piece. Here you can see the end result with certain pieces pinned as a focal point of an entire space, revealed around a corner, or prominent from various angles.

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What We Love: This dream home designed for a pair of empty nesters from Chicago offers beautiful living spaces that are warm and inviting. Light flooded interiors make this home feel bright and airy with large walls of glazing harmoniously connecting indoor-outdoor spaces. Despite being contemporary in design, the heavy use of wood provides an abundance of warmth in this beautifully designed dwelling.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall details of this home? Would this be your idea of the perfect empty nester pad? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Check out a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Texas: Mid century modern house renovation in Texas boasts striking details and Step inside this stylish modern home blending old with new in Texas.

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Above: The kitchen features riftsawn White Oak cabinets with a Calacatta Gold marble slab at the backsplash. Every bit was functionally planned with intended contents, including special organizing systems as needed.

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Above: In the kitchen, a small pantry sneaks in behind the tall cabinetry wall. Opposite is a full-height slider door accessing one of two courtyards – the fire-themed outdoor dining and grill area. High windows, a skylight, and the courtyard windows balance out the cascading light from the clerestory windows in the tall living room opposite.

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Above: The windows throughout this home are from Pella of Austin.

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Materiality is consistent in the interior with beautiful Prime-Line Hemlock at the accent walls to match the high ceiling in the main spaces and the warmth of the wood-clad windows transitioning between spaces and textures throughout.

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Above: This home has two courtyards, North and South, divided by a clerestory-lit corridor. The North courtyard, has an amazing water feature/fire element, providing a wonderful outdoor living space. Accessible from both the primary bedroom and living room, the courtyard can swing from contemplative morning view to evening after-dinner stage and all things in-between.

PHOTOGRAPHER Chase Daniel

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