Sited along a steep hill, this 3 story home is balanced through the composition of a large brick mass on the lower end of the site and a delicate floating form that define the front of the house. A long floating bridge connects the street to the main entrance where a large brick sky lit entrance invites you in. Large window walls throughout the house help capture the surrounding views of the lake and beautiful green hills. Anchored to the side of the house is a large wooden screened porch that opens up to the inside creating an extension of the living spaces.
The house is L-shaped, arranged on the site to create a park-like setting. Five majestic trees dominate the back and front of the property. The house is transparent from a private front garden, through the house, to private rear garden making the Kitchen and Dining rooms feel like one large open porch. An adjacent screened porch extends this idea, nestled in the branches of a Live Oak tree. The Master Bedroom features a private side-yard garden and direct access to the swimming pool. There are no direct views into neighboring East and West lots, creating privacy for both the owner as well as the neighbors.
Located at one of the highest points in south Austin, this custom home was designed to embrace its natural surroundings and views of the city. Each room was designed with the intention of perfectly framing either a specific tree or view to help create a feeling of seclusion while still embracing the city beyond. The site's natural setting is highlighted with a series of outdoor spaces including a very large and tall screened porch, a sleeping porch, and a rooftop terrace that has a 360 degree view of the city and greenbelt.
Completed in February 2015, this is the second home designed by BMH on Geronimo Trail.
From the street, there is a moment of surprise as a view through the house to the valley beyond catches the eye. Broad sheltering roof overhangs, ribbon windows and stacked masonry walls emphasize a linear theme. A light-chimney illuminates the lower level when least expected.
Built at the edge of a hill, the house appears to be a one-story home, but is in fact 2 stories tall at the back, with tremendous views of a lake and valley.
Geronimo Trail, completed in 2011, is the third home designed exclusively for Ramsey Builders near Lake Austin, Texas. Two screened porches form a tower on the South side of the home. This powerful element is balanced by the upstairs bedroom wing projecting over a masonry wall near the street. The Kitchen / Dining / Living space features a continuous wall of windows overlooking a lake and valley.
Fairfax Walk is a private residence in Austin, Texas near the University of Texas. A strong connection between inside/outside spaces is created by treating the main public space as a porch between the private front garden and a back garden nestled under a giant live-oak tree. The play of natural light is celebrated through carefully composed windows and apertures. Electric light in the landscape extends the perceived interior spaces into the gardens at night. Natural materials soften the contemporary forms; high-quality finishes and thoughtful details complete the design effort. This project was featured in Tribeza magazine and in the Austin American Statesman.
The Garner Residence is a private residence in Austin Texas, carefully fit into an old central-city neighborhood. Natural materials and contemporary spaces are carefully composed in conjunction with strong ideas about indoor/outdoor spaces. A large roof terrace offering panoramic views of Austin. Additional outdoor living spaces are created by a private sleeping porch off the master bedroom, and a large glass/screened porch off the living room. BMH recently redesigned the back of the property, adding a pool and pool shading trellis, landscape and lighting design. The home was featured in Luxe magazine in 2014 showcasing BMH designed spaces enhanced by collaboration with Mark Cravotta, interior designer.
Completed in 2010, this private residence in central Austin features many custom details. A metal-clad butterfly roof captures rain-water and solar power. A large cantilevered roof at the front of the home creates a dramatic front entry and sense of shelter. The house is composed in a “C” shape, with a large open floor plan for the public spaces, a private bedroom wing and a large screened-in porch. The carefully scaled shape of the home along with the natural materials complement the neighboring bungalow homes. The home fits into it’s location quietly and naturally, yet clearly embraces 21st century priorities.
The second home designed for Ramsey Builders as part of a series in the Lake Travis district, the Eagle Point residence was completed and sold in 2008. Solving some difficult site issues gracefully, the home creates a courtyard around a giant oak tree. Hill Country views are framed in a 2nd floor family room (the land being on a geographical point). Contemporary spaces and finishes are balanced by natural materials and a strong visual connection to the courtyard garden.
The design for the Austin, Texas offices of Exceptional Dentistry creates a warm, colorful yet high-tech character of space. The new cabinets, flooring and translucent room dividers were arranged to allow a comfortable flow of activity, privacy and a surprising play of light. Views to a grove of trees and carefully chosen interior colors result in an inspiring workplace and a welcome client experience.
The choreography of daylight as it moves across and thru a building is a special interest of our studio. We anticipate how the movement of the sun changes throughout the days and seasons, and we design surprising moments of light into each of our projects. Daylighting is both a technical exercise in providing functional light in areas of activity as well as an artistic opportunity to provide the play of shadow / light in the thresholds between those spaces.
The Thornton Residences is a collection of 8 central Austin town homes featuring private yards, roof terraces with downtown views and 2nd-story porches. The outside and interior spaces have a quiet, contemporary feel, complemented by subdued colors and natural finishes. Completed in late 2009, the homes sold in Spring 2010.