Stuart Sampley Architect
Architects & Designers
Moontower Residence contemporary-living-room

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

What Houzz contributors are saying:

The home's practical, commercial-grade aluminum windows let in tons of light to the clean, well laid-out living space. "There's not really a project that's too small for me," Sampley says. "Over 75 percent of my work is substantial remodels, or complete remodels, down to the studs. And some new construction. But a lot of my new work is going back to look at these old forms and styles and traditions, and taking those as a starting point."
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Like the first example in this story, the interior is light and open, treated with wood and white drywall surfaces and fairly standard details (base, window frames, etc.). Sliding glass doors tie the interior to the exterior and place the focus on the large tree.

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agaskell added this to liVing Room
November 18, 2014
note scale of room, view to outside and close proximity to tree off patio
gingergigi1 added this to gingergigi1's Ideas
August 23, 2014
That red & rug
zo0ozh added this to zo0ozh's ideas
July 18, 2014
The freshness of red into the silver
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May 31, 2014
Potted plant
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May 27, 2014
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May 24, 2014
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April 4, 2014
White on white
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March 29, 2014
Iron cladding fence
babserella added this to lighting
March 25, 2014
seems like something to avoid
waltersdd added this to Heather favourites
January 24, 2014
Love rug, love colours, this orange with green and blue. Happy, light, friendly
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December 23, 2013
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October 14, 2013
love size and windows in Moontower home. Commercial grade alumminum windows. Light, Open,
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October 12, 2013
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September 14, 2013
Modern interior with antique rug
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August 25, 2013
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July 28, 2013
Orange rug
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July 17, 2013
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June 11, 2013
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April 25, 2013
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April 13, 2013
Different color pillows on couch
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March 21, 2013
cork flooring
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March 13, 2013
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March 12, 2013
Living room
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March 11, 2013
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March 3, 2013
Table, couch, 2 chairs
Julie Walker added this to julie_walker588's ideas
February 27, 2013
This room just needs window furnishings to compete it. Maybe cream shutters?
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February 14, 2013
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January 23, 2013
Cork floors
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December 17, 2012
white on white
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November 18, 2012
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November 1, 2012
Rug, gray sofa with colorful pillows
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September 3, 2012
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August 19, 2012
Fence from inside
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August 3, 2012
Color, decor
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June 17, 2012
livig room layout
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April 28, 2012
love the light-how it feels-dont like the sliders-ugly doors
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April 27, 2012
Floor rug
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April 5, 2012
Sliding doors simple details don't like the sheetrock
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April 5, 2012
Coffee and rug
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March 23, 2012
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March 22, 2012
Guest room
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March 21, 2012
I like the recessed lighting.
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March 12, 2012
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March 11, 2012
Glass wall
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March 6, 2012
The feel of the space. Light fixtures.
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January 21, 2012
Couch pillows
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January 15, 2012
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January 8, 2012
commercial grade aluminum windows
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January 5, 2012
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December 25, 2011
Great light, rustic persian.
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December 22, 2011
View of outdoors and natural light indoors.
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December 22, 2011
Plants in the living room
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December 22, 2011
living area
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December 22, 2011
combinacion colores crudo, coral y verde agua
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December 21, 2011
modern room w/ traditional rug
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December 21, 2011
corrugated house
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December 21, 2011
the openess
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December 21, 2011
Gorgeous rug!
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December 21, 2011
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December 9, 2011
The home's practical, commercial-grade aluminum windows let in tons of light to the clean, well laid-out living space. "There's not really a project that's too small for me," Sampley says. "Over 75 percent of my work is substantial remodels, or complete remodels, down to the studs. And some new construction. But a lot of my new work is going back to look at these old forms and styles and traditions, and taking those as a starting point."
mamesgalore added this to living room
November 29, 2011
color palette
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November 26, 2011
Sofa cusion
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November 8, 2011
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November 5, 2011
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November 4, 2011
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November 3, 2011
Like the rug with the couch
samasim added this to samasim's ideas
November 3, 2011
Living room
darwind added this to interior
November 3, 2011
furniture in center of room using rug as the definition?
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November 3, 2011
like the colors and rug, high lamps on the table in back of chesterfield
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November 3, 2011
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November 3, 2011
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November 2, 2011
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November 2, 2011
blue and terra cotta are nice together
akruege4 added this to living rooms
November 2, 2011
It looks so light and not over furnished. The rug has perfect accent colors for the space.
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November 2, 2011
Light via doors
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November 2, 2011
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