2007 Best in American Living Award winner

This home was designed for the 2006 Parade of Homes in Austin, Texas. It was entered in the 2007 Best in American Living Awards and won an award for "best speculative home over 6500 square feet".
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This home was designed to resemble an old stately villa in the hills of Tuscany. The low buildings of the guest Casita and Gardening Room, and the walled courtyard in front of the home create a sense of privacy, but also provide an inviting and elegant street appeal. photography by Peter Tata
“something ?” — jerryleetx
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This is the courtyard view past the gardening room to the Mudroom entrance. The wood corbels, beams and brackets of the stair tower are visible to the right. Peter Tata
“roof lines” — Anna Rafdahl
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The entry door was custom made by Canterra doors. Travertine columns support stone arches at the covered porch on the front of the home. Peter Tata
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The two story Great Room functions as the formal Living Room as well as Dining Room. The twenty-two foot stone wall with arches to the foyer features high transom windows which help provide an open, airy feel and at the same time provide a rustic elegance. photography by Peter Tata
“Our house” — ronolfers
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The stair tower is a focal point of the home with the foyer, kitchen and mudroom, which leads to the garage, opening into it. The powder room is also off this space. Travertine steps lead up through the sunny space to a mid-level media room and a private bedroom. The walls and arches as well as the ceilings are finished in "diamond" plaster Peter Tata
“Stairs2” — lysgi
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The kitchen was designed to resemble a modern version of an old Tuscan Kitchen. It is the central room in the home with entrances to the Family room and bedroom wing, the Great Room, the central staircase and large windows and doors to the expansive outdoor Living areas. The large working pantry just off the Kitchen opens to a private herb garden. photography by Peter Tata
“Cabine color” — anawut
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Stone arches separate the kitchen and informal dining from the family room in this Tuscan inspired kitchen. Cove lights shining onto stained fir beams on the raised ceiling help give the room a light, open feel. The island counter has a seating area and is cut from one piece of Italian onyx. The wet bar and great room are to the right. Peter Tata
“Banquette” — Diana Fitzgerald
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A view along the vestibule leading into the wine room. The kitchen is to the right and the dining is to the left with a buffet serving area between. The barrel vault ceiling with cove lights runs from the wine room to the wet bar, which is behind the camera. Peter Tata
“rope lights on barrel ceiling” — disrael17
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The jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom separates the vanities and dressing areas. Travertine columns support a light cove that shines into a groin vault ceiling centered over the tub. The groin vault, finished in Venetian plaster, extends its intersecting arches over her vanity on one end, and a small sitting area at the other. The closet wraps behind a walk-through shower, wi...More
“columns on tub” — Mjk Design, llc
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The herb garden is just off the kitchen, access is from the working pantry. Planters and steps were created to accomodate the slope of this hillside site. Peter Tata
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The outdoor Living and Dining wrap around the rear of the home. Exposed fir rafters, travertine columns and floors, and stone from the Texas hill country combine to give them a rustic yet elegant feel. Peter Tata
“Patio” — patzmar
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Another view of the outdoor Living and Dining wrapping around the rear of the home. This is a nice view of the travertine steps leading to the pool, as well as of the travertine columns and fir beams. Peter Tata
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