New York Avenue House
Selected for the 2019 AIA Austin Homes Tour
New Construction in Austin, Texas
Architecture & Interior finish selections by Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design, Built by Texas Construction Company, Landscape Architecture by Shademaker Studio, Structural Engineering by Fort Structures, Landscape Install by Pearson Landscape
Photographs by Jake Holt
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This budget-minded new home in east Austin recalls the bungalows that characterize the original neighborhood while incorporating modern details. The design overcomes the cramped and crowded spaces common in traditional bungalows by pulling apart the floor plan and vaulting communal living spaces. More so than historic bungalows, the home connects with the backyard landscape by framing views through floor to ceiling windows and providing multiple porches. A long corridor allows its entering occupant to see through the entirety of the house and into the back yard. Thus, the one-story home seems much larger than its 1680 SF.
Throughout the house, small details impart a modern edge to the cozy bungalow. While traditional in form, the front porch reveals modern details such as siding with mitered corners, an open vault, and a fresh color scheme. While the front facade sports smaller, traditional double hung windows, the back and sides of the house opens up with tall expanses of modern windows. An expected wood floor surprises with a modern painted finish, uniting the spaces throughout the house. It is interrupted only by the architect designed bathroom flooring which uses a traditional hexagonal tile in more current patterns and colors.
Next to the alley, a comfortable second story apartment rests above a garage. Large windows and a small covered porch focus views on an oak tree on the property giving a sense of spaciousness to the 550 sf apartment. Smaller windows overlook the alley giving its occupants a sense of privacy. At the garage level, a wood screen hides cars while keeping the space airy and light.