Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Fortunately, a lot of the streets have alleys, which lent itself to the idea of doing this alley dwelling. Austin has been working for a while on a form-based code to help deal with problems of affordability in its close-in neighbor- hoods. It's giving enormous flexibility to the owners of property for how they can use it in the future. There are lots of plusses from an urban planning standpoint, but among the greatest are keep- ing neighborhoods intact and allowing people to age in place. The code we were working with for this project was more constrained with regard to size and placement of the building, but it still allowed us some creativity in the amount of living space that can be open air or enclosed. The new code is a lot more expansive with where ADUs can be and is less restrictive all around. AT: There is some possibility that the current version on the table may be dialed back a bit, however. HM: We went to the limit of what was possible at the time. I think our client was really open. He wasn't sure what he was going to do, whether he was going to sever it and sell it or rent it. It allowed us to push the envelope. AT: It's possible to condo-ize the units. It would be very un- likely to subdivide the lot, as the city of Austin has minimum lot requirements. The owner was thinking he might stay in the bungalow, rent both units, or a third option would be con- do-ize both and sell them. So, there are two parking spaces for the rear unit. There's an open air but private feel to one of the slots. It can be an outdoor terrace, or you can put a car there. It could also be used for something else, like studio space. HM: The lot came with the almost ubiquitous challenge of trees. There's a great big tree right between those two garage pieces. But when you're upstairs, it's like you're in a treehouse. It provides some screening and the foliage gives you some privacy. Those live oaks always have leaves. AT: The bungalow in front has siding. We wanted to do siding that was sympathetic with that. And the owner was in the process of reroofing the bungalow with metal, so we matched that. We tried to be sympathetic to the color palette of the bungalow, and kept the basic window sizes similar. For the front entry porch, we introduced some cedar. HM: We wanted to make sure that coming down the drive- way was warm and inviting. There's a fence that controls that Far left, left, and opposite page: The key to the building's success is the flexibility of the space. A folding door system can change the floor plan in just a few moves. Above: All found space is put to good use, such as this roof deck atop a garage. Extra ceiling height and lots of glazing make a small room live large. 12 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 VERBATIM

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