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HOMEAUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO URBAN
CELEBRATING INSPIRATIONAL DESIGN AND PERSONAL STYLE
Modern Bungalowsart and Masters
6225 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78757
9901 Broadway, Suites 104-105, San Antonio, TX 78217
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Through urban development, long established neighborhoods in both San Antonio and Austin are seeing revitalization. Bungalows, the architectural mainstay of these older neighborhoods, are in high demand and refurbishing them goes beyond downsizing; it has stirred a movement in creating right-sized homes that maximize space both indoors and out to make smaller homes comfortable and livable through thoughtful and creative space planning.
J.C. Schmeil reconstructed his Austin home two times as his family grew. The result is a bright and modern home with features tailored to fit each members lifestyles. Also in Austin, David Wilkes
Builders updated a 1939 Craftsman-style home using finishes common to the period. While modern touches were included inside, its charming exterior, complete with a white picket fence, adds to its storybook appeal. In San Antonios Alamo Heights neighborhood, Craig McMahon was intrigued with the challenge to maximize space in not only his home but on its small lot. Without disturbing the main structure of the home, he arranged what he calls appropriately sized spaces whose functions can easily change as his familys needs change.
Fern Santinis design of a townhome may have been inspired by a single painting but the carefully edited furnishings and other art adorning both the interior and exterior spaces create a showplace to honor artists and masters. Likewise, in Mark Cravottas design of an Austin condo, he proves that selected pieces by local artists and strategic placement of this art can define a space as significantly as its furnishings.
Farther away from bustling urban life sits a country home that is (almost) a true example of sustainable living. Designed by architects James LaRue and Rez Lankerani, this modern take on a Texas barn is passively designed with large overhangs, geothermal heating and cooling, and a 60,000 gallon cistern. The homeowner says that as technology improves and solar panels are efficient enough to generate all the electricity his family needs, his home will be completely off the grid.
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Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors
On The Cover:
Through two extensive remodeling projects that doubled the size
of his original home, J.C. Schmeil was able to define his familys
needs and reconfigure living spaces that suited everyone
complete with a teen-sized wall nook and secret door! Page 18
From the editors
2014 | VOL. 9 | NO. 2
EditorsTrisha Doucette and Leslie Woods
Contributing EditorBill Evans ABOR
Contributing WritersJackie Benton, Michelle Burgess, Julie Catalano,
Mauri Elbel, Ashley Festa, Dana W. Todd
Strategic Media PlacementDiane Purcell
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cover18 architectural evolution Photography by Whit Preston
featured homes26 Charming Character In Hyde Park Photography by Thomas McConnell32 Maximizing Spaces Photography by Dror Baldinger and Mark Menjivar
highlights40 rooms With a View42 Sweet refuge
departments Design Trends46 Showcasing Art And Masters
Commercial Design50 The Granary
Off The Grid54 Going Green
Why This Space Works 58 Designer Spotlight: Mark Cravotta
Fabulous Finds62 Texas Minor League Baseball
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By Mauri ElbEl | Photography by Whit PrEston
radically reconstructed bungalow becomes
modern familys dream home
this house is really tailored to our
lifestyle, says J.c. Schmeil, owner of
Merzbau Design collective, who
orchestrated everything from the design
to the construction of their home.
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ftentimes life becomes the driving force behind design.
For architect J.C. Schmeil, it took nearly 15 years of re-edited dreaming and evolutionary
designing to transform his familys 1935-bungalow into what it is today an amalgam of clean lines, clever nooks, soothing colors and well-lit spaces. Tucked into Austins downtown Bouldin Creek neighborhood skirting bustling South Congress Ave., this radically reconstructed bungalow is not only a testament to good design, but one that has evolved with him and his family over the years.
This house is really tailored to our lifestyle, says Schmeil, owner of Merzbau Design Collective, who orchestrated everything from the design to the construction of their home. Its very open even when people are in separate rooms, we still feel connected. The footprint is small, but there is still enough space to stretch out. It takes advantage of the light and trees, but in a way that still makes an inner city house feel private.
Schmeil and his wife, Ashley McLain, a principal at
o Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc., bought their 1935 Austin bungalow in 1998. Originally 820 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom, the space suited their needs as a couple but they knew they would want to add on when they had children.
I think the moment we moved in I started designing things in my head, he says. But as our lifestyle has changed, our needs have changed, too. When we first moved here with no kids,