Proud as a Peacock

September 6th, 2013

They say that birds of a feather fly together, and with this new construction duplex (called Peacock Duplex by architect Nick Mehl) we definitely found success by being of like mind and spirit. Built from the ground up at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012, we actually started this project by hauling away the pre-existing home to make way for a spectacular view of downtown Austin. Each side of this modern duplex is 2,000 sq. feet and is a great example of what happens when materials, design, know-how, and hard work all come together.

The units feature a mix of oak and concrete stained floors, marble countertops and a kitchen accented by granite and onyx, custom cabinets, and contemporary floating stairs with iron rails.  Double-sided fireplaces make the transition to outdoor living comfortable even in the coldest months. Screened and spacious porches tastefully extend the livable space, which we carefully waterproofed, stained, and polished. On the exterior, we chose cut limestone and for an added touch, we went with stucco and Douglas Fir for exterior accents.

The result is a comfortable, roomy, and high-design set of homes that we would proudly live in—as we would each of our projects. Peacock Duplex is proof that high-end results don’t have to cost a fortune. With the right planning and the right people, you can have a showcase quality home without breaking the bank.

Peacock Blueprint 1

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We’ve got an eye for commercial spaces

September 6th, 2013

A retail build-out is when a company has leased space—typically in a strip center—and they need their unit or units customized or remodeled. When Lone Star Eye approached us in 2011 to handle their retail build-out, we knew that this up and coming optometry practice would need form and function to serve their clients while operating a successful business. This 2,500 foot space had to integrate with Lone Star Eye’s flow as a bustling business while also expressing their brand and their attitude. From the curved wall to the back office rooms, everything was rebuilt. The reception area features a stone wall and granite countertops, stained concrete floors throughout, and a friendly yet professional aesthetic to welcome their patients visit after visit.

Optometrist and owner of Lone Star Eye—Casey Packer, O.D.—said of the experience, “Jason and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with. They always answered the phone when I called and finished our build 2 weeks before the deadline! I will use him again in the future for sure.”

Lonestar Blueprint

Graywood Homes

September 6th, 2013

This house has the same floor plan and architect Nick Mehl and honestly looks exactly the same as Peacock. Onyx countertop in kitchen, double-sided fireplace, floating stairs, balcony oversees mopac greenbelt. 2011-2012; 2,200 sq. feet. Screened porch, same as duplexes. Exterior is stained yellow pine, stucco and cut limestone.


Natural Views and Hues at the Graywood Greenbelt Maison

Modern design should be inviting–not cold–and reflect the spacious beauty and purity of our natural environment. This property, a modest 2,200 sq. feet designed by architect Nick Mehl, carefully balances modern style and function without compromising comfort or luxury.

Efficient use of space is key to this design’s intrigue and luxe. Stunning, uninterrupted views of Austin’s beloved Greenbelt illuminate each room with natural light. A double-sided fireplace creates dual spaces for quiet contemplation of nature and relaxation on either side it faces–the spacious screened porch or the open, indoor living room. The kitchen features a juxtaposed island, creating the perfect setting for entertaining guests in a cozy, conversational backdrop. Stained concrete keeps a lasting impression on the first floor, and a floating staircase leads dwellers upstairs to the palatial master bedroom and balcony overlooking the Greenbelt once more. The exterior presents stained yellow pine alongside stucco and cut limestone accents for mixed impression of boldness and warmth.

Every detail of this vestal property was carefully planned, and the result exudes prideful beauty. Graywood is monument to the artful interpretation of reflecting natural elements for a lasting, comfortable, alluring residence.

Graywood Blueprint 1

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Brooklyn Heights Pizza

September 6th, 2013

Brooklyn Heights pizza faced a good problem to have: by making delicious pizza and providing incredible service, they began to see long lines every day and outgrew their small dining space. Expansion and renovation was necessary to retain valuable customers and satisfy their hungry stomachs.

The two iconic brick arches are clearly the most striking design characteristics, which have been designed to resemble the Brooklyn Bridge. Custom cut mirrors back these windows, and create a shrine-like encasing for their premium beverage display.  A floating ceiling hangs above the bar area, with specialized ambiance lighting, and welcomes thirsty patrons to the space like a hometown pub located in the center of the dining room. The massive maple wood bar has also been totally renovated with dark black stain and a new countertop.

The rapidly growing patronage also warranted heart-of-the-house upgrades, such as a an added hood vent, to increase kitchen capacity and decrease wait time.  Dining room improvements opened up floor space for additional seating and entertainment – every wall is adorned with large flat screens and speakers. Spiral ducts and metal cables paired with the bar’s brick wall and ambiance lighting keep the setting industrial, metropolitan and cozy. All details of the dining experience were incorporated into the planning stage, and the result is an original looking, antique feel expanded and equipped to properly service a bustling crowd.

Remodeling Miracle on 37th Street

September 6th, 2013

Not every remodel has to be bold or make a huge external statement. In fact, when we are working with older Austin homes, we are trying to honor the history of the design while making modern changes that don’t scream “new”. This was the case with a 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow on 37th Street that one client brought to us in the fall of 2012. The existing house—less than 1300 square feet—built in the 1930′s had an outdated add-on, a small kitchen, and a shabby carport. These remodels are always tricky because we never know quite what we will find, and at the same time, there are some attributes worth preserving, like the all-original pecan floors.

We worked with the owner and—on this project— with architect Nick Mehl to create a marriage of design and function that worked with the existing structure and materials.

When we were done, you can stand on the street and you would almost never know the house had been remodeled. But when you open the front door, it was a world of transformation. In collaboration with the owners, the main living space is now beautiful and very spacious with an added reading room and open concept kitchen. We created this completely new kitchen with an expanded footprint, modern amenities, and greatly improved function. In the back of the home, we fulfilled the owner’s vision by adding a totally new master bedroom, walk-in closet, and laundry room. The master bathroom features an undermount tub with granite and soapstone countertops.

You can see in the photos, that it is like a completely different home on the inside—while not looking out of place within the historical design elements. To top it all off, so to speak, we built a metal roof and constructed a detached two-car garage where the carport once stood. This remodel was started in the latter part of 2012 we finished it in early 2013. When we were done after 5 months, the home had grown to be about 1850 square feet, an increase of 42% that belied the home’s historic charm. With a lot of hard work, planning, and listening, we had a remodeling miracle on 37th Street.

37th Blueprint 1

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Time lapse video of Lone Star Eye commercial remodel

September 28th, 2011

Windows to the Soul of Central Austin Addition

April 25th, 2011

Author Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey wrote: “May your walls know joy. May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.” This was definitely true at a central Austin home where a kitchen enlargement found its window to possibility. The clients envisioned a warm and inviting heart for their home (built in 1929), which we were increasing in size by approximately 180 square feet.  The new space featured custom oak cabinets throughout, a beautifully hand-crafted stone wall, Miele and Viking appliances, granite counters throughout, and oak floors that extended from the existing floors to ensure an un-noticeable transition.

But what made this kitchen truly special was a pair of windows—nearly 85 years old and original to the house. Although the windows showed their age and generations of use, we shared the belief of the homeowners that they were central to the history and essence of the project. Working closely with the client and our trusted craftsmen, we integrated them into a new window encasement—re-engineered with new stained glass inserts that were actually designed by the owners. The homeowners are art lovers and have collected art and furniture throughout their relationship. For them, everything in their home has purpose, meaning, and a story. Each furnishing and décor item not only recalls a moment in their life, but brings with it a narrative of its own. In this way, the salvaging and restoration of these windows were an example not only of historical value or aesthetics, but of remaining true to the client’s values and using our skills to uphold their vision above all else. We pride ourselves on collaborating with our clients to bring their vision to life!

It’s all in what you don’t see in Tarrytown Remodel

April 25th, 2011

With a sufficient budget, a basic knowledge of tools/materials/design, and the requisite experience, any construction company with remodeling services can come in to a home and add something newer, bigger, or more modern. But a heavy-handed remodel can leave a clear indication of what’s old and what’s new. The true challenge is to use restraint along with a nuanced understanding of historical integrity and the materials to make the transitions smoother or not even noticeable. Our goal is to make the addition seem at once new and as though it was there all along.

We encounter this exact situation daily, as we did in a recent Tarrytown kitchen and guest suite remodel.  Time and various changes over the years had left the home with uneven lines, hidden surprises, and a less-than perfect situation for creating seamless transitions. We did what we often do in these sort of projects: we relied on a combination of craftsmanship, determination, and intuition to marry the old with the new—and the uneven lines of the past with the crisp new elements. This project had our crew working in collaboration with an interior designer to re-imagine a kitchen as well as breakfast/desk space along with a reconfigured guest suite. We installed granite counters, custom cabinets, an intricately designed backsplash, a faux painted vent hood enclosure, all-new appliances, detailed tile design in guest bathroom shower, oak flooring added throughout.

What we succeeded in doing was not only to bring these materials and designs into harmony with one another and the adjacent surfaces, but to make the new spaces work in such a way that they can coexist with the rest of the home. Something many clients and even contractors do not take into consideration is that a clumsily executed remodel can instantly date adjoining rooms. We were able to match the look and feel of the rest of the home so that it immediately felt “right.” What’s more, we worked tirelessly to solve myriad issues so that each transition—from original wood flooring to idiosyncratic ceiling beams—flowed from room to room. It’s a certain kind of challenge that we embrace.

Zilker Park Xanadu

April 25th, 2011

Although we truly take pride and joy in each project we undertake—every now and again, we are brought into a situation that is a playground for both our imagination and our craftsmanship. This new condo construction in Zilker Park was just that sort of project. This condo duplex was planned for two thoroughly modern residences with progressive, yet warm design. The condos each feature elegant water features and landscaped courtyards at their entrances.  Each blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces with an innovative use of screened porches, dual sided fireplaces, covered tiger-wood decks, and large private yards. Inside, we installed these custom oak hardwood floors that we stained to match interior doors for an incredible effect. We combined onyx and granite counters, commercial-style range, and wine coolers give the living and kitchen areas the feel of a cozy yet high-end restaurant. Up the floating stairway, we built a loft with these sleek iron rails.

Perhaps one of our favorite touches was the master spa in which we combined custom tile with a sophisticated pebble floor. Another great example of the fun we get to have on our projects is the kitchen for one of the units. We chose the onyx backsplash behind which we installed lights so as to shine through the natural translucence of that particular stone. Its at times like this when our knowledge of the materials and nuances of how to make the most of them meets the vision of our client—and often an architect or designer… these are the moments we live for!

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