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"Austin has its own style and a regional school of architecture that inspires people," Randolph says. The mid-century work of Texas architect O'Neil Ford inspired Randolph's design, particularly the use of the Texas brick.
The site influenced the design as well; because it was 50'x130', it informed the long rectangular shape of the home. The slope and position of an existing alley allowed for the garage to be tucked into the lowest point on the site with the master bedroom above it (on the right side of this image). Perhaps most important, existing oak trees were saved and windows were planned around them so as to enjoy the view of them from inside.
The style of the home was also inspired by the variety of materials used in the work of Alvar Aalto, a style Randolph dubs "warm modernism." The brick used here is a Mexican Sand brick, and the wood underneath the overhangs is ipe.