#1: Airstreams. With a last minute deadline, architect Burton Baldridge transformed a decaying trailer into a modern green home for Stubb's, an Austin, Texas club. Baldridge teamed up with Branson Fustes of Pilgrim Building Company to work on the interiors and building custom furniture, such as a bar on one end.
#2: Airstreams and entrepreneurs. Lauren Dolinsky’s petite flower shop is cozily housed in a renovated Airstream she found on Craigslist.
#3: A.D. Stenger. For over fifty years, A.D. Stenger was a unique figure in the American architectural landscape. Idiosyncratic and independent, Stenger acted as developer, architect, and builder to produce his own unique brand of relaxed modern architecture. Here's how local architecture firm Webber + Studio, Architects cleverly added on to a Stenger home.
#4: Outdoor classrooms. Architect Burton Baldridge donated his services to Casis Elementary, his daughter’s large public school in Austin, Texas, to design and build an outdoor classroom that would augment an organic gardening program.
#5: Low-cost renovations. With a small bank loan and a lot of helping hands, Blake Dollahite dove into his first year of freedom by shackling himself to a rundown Austin bungalow and preparing to make it home. From the side door, Dollahite watches his dog West inspect the newly installed low-maintenance landscaping and brick patio.
#6: Affordable indoor-outdoor living. A tight construction budget informed the choices architect Sean Guess made as he designed a house for a couple in Austin, Texas. Budget-minded materials, like the James Hardie fiber-cement siding, helped hold construction costs to $130 per square foot. Sherwin-Williams’s Cyberspace hue colors the exterior and Parakeet coats the custom kitchen cabinets by Austin Wood Works. The planter is made from Cor-Ten steel.
#7: Outside-the-box dream homes. Alterstudio Architecture designed this house in Austin, Texas, for a couple with two children who seized a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” as Kevin Alter, one of the firm's principals, puts it, to build their dream home.
#8: Rainbow art! Additions of color in the interior of an Austin farmhouse-style home are minimal, but when they are included, they make a lasting impact, such as with this rainbow art piece by local artist Roi James. “Although we had commissioned the piece based on a recent show we went to, I don’t think either of us realized that it would work so well with our [colorful] cookbook display [in the dining area],” contractor Royce Flournoy admitted. The rug and brass side table are from West Elm, the couches from Scott+Cooner. The butterfly chairs were custom made by Robert Smith.
#9: Modern additions. A couple found a dilapidated 1920s bungalow in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood and set to work complementing the existing 1,000-square-foot structure with a cypress-clad 1,100-square-foot addition.
#10: Modern wood facades. Homeowners Alex Wolfe and Jamie Thorvilson recently moved into the Wolfe Den, which sits on a quiet residential block in Austin. The facade, clad in massarunduba hardwood sourced from a managed forest supplier, strikes a sharp modern chord but still echoes the painted wood siding on many of the neighboring homes.