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This midcentury Texas home gets a bright and airy makeover

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This midcentury modern home was renovated by Tim Cuppett Architects, located in the Tarrytown neighborhood of Austin, Texas. When the owners purchased this home, it had just 1,800 square feet of living space and had been long forgotten about — nearly reclaimed by the native vegetation of an adjacent creek. 

The existing dwelling, crammed against the far property line was dwarfed by an apartment complex visible to the rear. Low ceilings and deep overhangs made for a relentlessly dark interior, further diminishing what little appeal remained of the property.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Tim Cuppett Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Adriana Chetty BUILDER Ford Strei Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN David Wilson Garden Design

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Vegetation was thinned and pushed back to the creek bank establishing an “edge of wild” which serves as a privacy screen and demarcates the line between native and manicured landscape.

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Visitors enter the property and travel along this edge to a porch cantilevering over the wild. The house is then entered through a small vestibule into a new 700-square foot, central “jewel box” which from the street obscures views of the apartment building beyond.

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The existing house was gutted and reconfigured. The original 8-foot ceilings are dramatically contrasted by the new central volume. Its roof, floating above continuous clerestory windows, provides soft balanced daylight while framing views into the property’s mature post oak canopy.

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In an effort to make an asset of the creek, site development and the addition of the “jewel box” have removed the apartment complex from the experience of the property. In doing so, the cul-de-sac on which the home sits is partially restored to its mid-century roots.

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What We Love: This midcentury home in Texas has undergone a remarkable renovation. The architect did a fabulous job of creating bright and airy living spaces that beautifully connect with nature. Interior spaces reflect simple, clean lines with an air of sophistication. We are loving the improved aesthetics of this home and how it has been lovingly restored to honor its mid-century roots.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the renovation of this midcentury home? Please share your feedback in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Texas: A beautifully reimagined lake house boasts idyllic views over Lake Austin and Tour this amazing rammed earth home nestled in the Texas Hill Country.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Whit Preston & Leonid Furmansky

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