Stuart Sampley Architect
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Moontower Residence contemporary-exterior

Moontower Residence

This house in Austin’s Bouldin neighborhood is an exercise in efficiency and invention. The site’s three heritage trees drove the design, whose interplay of Hardiplank, wood, metal, and glass is enhanced by thoughtful details and clever spatial solutions. A cypress wood front porch reflects up the easy-going architecture of the neighborhood and another porch overlooks the courtyard, which offers a private outdoor room. Inside, cork floors, a walnut divider, and built-in entertainment center in the main living areas enrich the otherwise simple and sunny modern space. Frosted glass throughout the house provides natural light and privacy during the day and, filters the glow from the adjacent Moontower at night.

Completed March 2011 - view construction progress photos
General Contractor - JGB Custom Homes
Kitchen Consultant - Hello Kitchen
Interior Furnishing & Styling - Little Pond Deisgn
Photography - Atelier Wong

5-star rating by Austin Energy Green Building Program
Featured on 2011 AIA Homes Tour

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January 27, 2014
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Powder-coated steel
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What a beautiful exterior sliding door! Love it!
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July 20, 2012
adanlev wrote:
Like the exterior color combination a lot. Please share with us exterior paint colors. Thank you.
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Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 7:19PM
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Habilis DesignBuild
What was the concept behind the sliding door...functionality? Looks fab.
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January 12, 2012
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Becky Harris
This door was custom designed by the amazing Susan Wallace, you can read more about her here:

Ideabook: Sculptor Susan Wallace Turns Screen Doors Into Art · See Ideabook

I know she said it had to be custom fabricated, and it is made out of perforated steel. There is more info on the house here, it's very inspiring to read about:

Ideabook: Houzz Tour: Artful and Efficient in Austin · See Ideabook
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Stock Galvanzed Bar Grating.
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August 21, 2014
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"The DBA had an idea, but they didn't have a lot yet," Sampley says. So they went searching with Sampley and found this one, which includes three heritage trees — trees less than 24 inches in diameter and carefully protected by the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation. Sampley loved the lot for that very reason. The finished main house's L-shape neatly cradles this one between the master suite (on the right) and the living area (at left).
Josh McCullar, AIA added this to Great Compositions: The L-Shaped House Plan
This simple and efficient vernacular form opens to the private yard with a framed view of an old growth tree. A large hung sliding "barn" door opens the entire wall and living space up to the view and connects to the adjacent porch providing a covered place to sit. This house achieves very big ideas on a budget.
Becky Harris added this to Modern Warms Up In These 6 Great Homes
6. Innovative efficiency in Austin, Texas: This contemporary home prioritized energy-efficiency and affordability. On the exterior, honey cypress wood accents warm up the Hardiplank siding and corrugated roof.
John Hill added this to The Lower-Cost, Low-Tech Modern Home
It looks like Texas is onto something in terms of low-cost modernism (with a clear vernacular twist), as this is yet another house in that state. Designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, the Moontower Residence — named for a nearby Austin landmark — is shaped by existing trees on the site; porches and glass walls take advantage of these natural features.
Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Seal the Deal With Fiber Cement Siding
... and in a more rustic and vernacular approach.

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just like. wood and gray
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siding and corner detail. galvanized j channel
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sliding panel design
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vernacular siding choices
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Explore the use of materials in this house...for lower buget
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Like this color hardiplank with roof color and cypress mix
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Sliding door....
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Barn door.
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sliding door design
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Sliding exterior door.
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Gray Hardiplank siding??
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External screen
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Sliding doors
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Sliding privacy steel door!
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Sliding screen
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Metal roof.
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Matt here is a picture of your idea ! A sliding covering over the windows!
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Barn door over windows.
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Sliding Door Texture
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