Courtyard House

This is a 1,500 sf remodel and addition of an existing 1,000 sf 1950's home near the University of Texas Campus in Austin. The 'Z' shaped floor plan allows the incorporation of (3) private, interior courtyards.
New front porch and entry
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The new front porch on the home extends the interior living space outward. At nearly 15 feet deep, the porch provides ample shade from the hot, Texas sun and is an inviting entrance to the home. The porch is a gathering place for the homeowners, their children and the neighbors.
“unique porch and roofline” — gregorlo
Private deck off the Master Bedroom
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This small, private deck is the smallest of three enclosed courtyards of this home. Immediately off of the Master Bedroom, it provides the homeowners a quiet place to read or enjoy a glass of wine before bed, or a cup of coffee and the newspaper in the morning.
“Private Deck” — johnq212
Breezeway Dogtrot
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Taking a nod from early pioneer homes, this breezway invites natural air currents to ventilate the home. The space is designed to connect two of the three exterior courtyards, to expand the footprint of the home into the landcape and make a comfortable ambiguity between the interior and exterior.
“Breezeway” — Sheila Huff
Detail of Front Porch
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“Lighting.” — eepinannap
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“Stone and siding” — eadherzog
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“Un enclosed patio between buildings” — pinktug
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“Slate floors and backsplash!” — eepinannap
Courtyard Residence - Detail of Interior Courtyard
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The detailing of this interior courtyard was Inspired by the lightness, translucence and privacy of traditional Japanese Homes, Teahouses and Gardens.
“i like the doors/windows providing translucent light but privacy” — rjackson44
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“Windows in hallway” — abturner03
Exterior Corner Detail
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A corner detail in the "Hard Courtyard" showing the creative use of multiple siding patterns and colors on the home.
“Fir rafter tail and soffits” — scott21337
Courtyard Residence - Building detail
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While it is a modest 2,500 sf, the Courtyard Residence is richly appointed with stone, steel and wood details. This photo shows the tongue and groove porch ceiling, steel brackets at the roof eave and the beautiful drystack limestone underpinnng. Please note the roof drain cleverly hidden in the stone work.
“Cool.” — Gary Kahanak
Stonework Detail
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While it is a modest 2,500 sf, the Courtyard Residence is richly appointed with stone, steel and wood details. This photo shows the outlet for a roof drain cleverly hidden in the drystack stone work.
Courtyard Residence - Austin, Texas
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While it is a modest 2,500 sf, the Courtyard Residence is richly appointed with stone, steel and wood details. This photo shows the vent for the crawlspace cleverly hidden in the drystack stone work.
“beautiful!” — meryann
Courtyard Residence - Detail of ornamental stonework
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At several locations throughout the home, the architect worked with the homeowner and stone mason to create subtle symbols for all five of the family members hidden in the exterior stone work. The detail in this photo is of an abstracted Opened Book, a symbol of the Homeowner's passion for reading.
“At several locations throughout the home, the architect worked with the homeowner and stone mason to” — mollieanna
Detail of ornamental stone work
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At several locations throughout the home, the architect worked with the homeowner and stone mason to create subtle symbols for all five of the family members hidden in the exterior stone work. The detail in this photo is of a abstracted ladybug, a symbol of the family's eldest child.
“Ladybug” — Julie Job
Detail of ornamental stone work.
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At several locations throughout the home, the architect worked with the homeowner and stone mason to create subtle symbols for all five of the family members hidden in the exterior stone work. The detail in this photo is of a abstracted Dragonfly, a symbol of the family's middle child. Please also note the hand forged iron bracket which supports a wood trellis.
“like this stone accent” — doriescherma
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