Texas Institute of Building Design - 2nd Place Built & Photographed Design 2500 SF & Under
The curb-side view of this house, with its broad-leaf palms, jasmine-laden trellis and battered stone walls, echoes the relaxed tropical feel that one might find in the Mediterranean, Spanish and even Moorish regions of the world. Located on the 30th parallel, this plan enjoys many months of a warm temperate climate and it meshes organically with the Texas sun and ubiquitous breezes found on this hill top site. The dark wood of the trellis and corbels alongside hand-carved stone walls peeking out behind sage and palm grant this elevation a timeless old-world look. And the soft yellow stucco walls are balanced with the rustic clavos and wrought-iron on the front door and garage door. There are deep set walls that provide interest on the front elevation, the large overhangs increase shade and energy efficiency and windows can remain open to enjoy thunderstorm breezes.What the viewer immediately senses on entering this house is the livability of connected spaces, a continuing trend in residential home design. From the Entry, the eye is drawn immediately to the Greatroom with its 12’ high ceilings and transom rear windows. The shallow footprint brings the patio into the interior space and the expansive rear windows help blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The Greatroom is flanked by a rotunda of adjoining rooms, Nook, Kitchen, Dining, Entry and Den all play into the center focal point of this plan. The wide stance and expansive openness of this plan lends to long illustrious interior site lines and brings the large front and back yards into a living relationship with the interior.
The floorplan is versatile and accommodates a wide range of demographics. Families with elementary aged kids and older will appreciate the secondary rooms in a separate wing from the master. Bedroom 2 can function as an in-law suite or second master. Even senior citizens will appreciate such items as a large master shower and continuous floor elevation from the curb to the Greatroom. As a custom home less than 2500 square foot, it is not lacking in features found in more expansive homes. The over-sized laundry room is full of cabinets, there are three eating areas, and every room has a walk-in closet. The plush carpet in the Greatroom and Master is bounded by a 4’ wide band of hard wood, giving the affect of an area rug. The masonry wall in the dining room echoes the full-height masonry fireplace in the Greatroom.
The house faces southwest and the garage acts as a heat barrier against the setting western sun. In the morning the Nook, Greatroom, Master and Master Bath are washed with plenty of direct and indirect sunlight. In the evening the Den walls and adjacent exterior stone walls glisten with hues of the sunset. The kitchen is day-lighted by a skylight, reducing energy consumption and in the evening this Kitchen is a great place to entertain with above and below cabinet lighting, and three accent pendants over the island.
This house was sold in May of 2010 at a price $30 per square foot over the average sales price of the neighborhood comps. The strong selling price is a testament to the beauty and craftsmanship of this Mediterranean home. Show less
AUGI CAD Camp Austin and Dallas - Top DAUG Winners
Mr. Shively was listed in the top 10 list of winners in the AUGI (Autodesk User Group International) top DAUG competition, where attendees take a timed test on AutoCAD software.
Community Outreach - Architectural Tutor
Mr. Shively played an active role in tutoring the architecture students at Lake Travis High School's Civil Engineering & Architecture class as they used Revit to design and develop their architecture projects.
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