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Urban Home Austin-San Antonio is an upscale home design magazine that inspires homeowners to create beautiful spaces in their homes by showcasing homes, products and services in the Austin, San Antonio and Texas Hill Country areas.


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    Designs | Lifestyles | Investments | Improvements

    Renovation PeRsPectives:

    ConteMPorary, traditional, reClaiMed

  • Webster defines renovation as: to restore to life, vigor or activity. Homes, materials and furnishings from the past hold a special appeal, not only for their sustainable qualities but for our emotional attachment to them. Whether you choose to modernize your existing home by incorporating current, environmentally-sound features, utilize reclaimed materials for their

    unique patina and individuality or highlight a particular collection of pieces that are as functional and alluring today as when they were created, the beauty and sense of history that these pieces bring to our homes is undeniableOur cover story showcases the work of architect David Webber who transformed an aging cottage in South Austin into an expanded

    home with a five star Green Building certification. The home boasts a contemporary appeal without losing its original charm. By including a second story addition which is wrapped in metal on the exterior west wall, while covering the existing structure with warm wood siding, the newly updated home maintains its quaint characteristics and sits perfectly in its neighborhood. While not a renovation but an entirely new structure, the new old farmhouse in San Antonios historic King William District perfectly

    matches the 150-year-old homes throughout the area. Architect Mickey Conrad built a home which incorporates environmental green standards with low energy consumption, garnering a LEED Gold Certification. However, through the use of carefully selected recycled and reclaimed building materials, Conrad managed to create the warmth and character of an old farmhouse of yesteryear.Our homes hold so many memories. When San Antonio homeowners were desirous of an updated home, but reluctant to leave the home

    where they had raised their family, they turned to architect Roy Braswell for advice and Debbie Baxter for inspiration. Braswell started a renovation that took on a life of its own as homeowners found more and more areas to transform. The result is a beautifully updated home that maintains its original Georgian architecture.The same concepts hold true when looking at furnishings. If you have treasured family pieces or enjoy collecting antiques, and have given

    thought on how to update them for your home, we talk with local refurbishers who are known for making the most out of old pieces.The next phase of the Urban Home Dream Home is in place. This home in Rough Hollow Lakeway is being built to benefit the Ronald

    McDonald House of Austin. Architect James LaRue and builder Scott Branc have shared with us the rendering and floor plans for the property, and designer Laura Burton gives a glimpse of her vision for this very special home. Autumn is just around the corner, bringing with it much anticipated lower temperatures. If your outdoor entertaining wish list includes a

    full-fledged kitchen, we provide everything you need to consider before beginning construction. Autumn also welcomes a new season of college football, and whats a football game without food? Local chefs Shawn Cirkiel and Jason Dady share a few sure fire hits for your next tailgate.We hope that you have had a restful and relaxing summer despite the extraordinary heat we have experienced this year.

    Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors

    Please be encouraged to recycle.

    On The Cover:

    David Webber of Webber + Studio, Architects transforms a South Austin cottage into a sustainable, charming and contemporary home with a design that he refers to as simple modern modesty. Page 16.

    Scan to view more features of this home.

    From the editors

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  • 2011 | VOL. 6 | NO. 4Publisher

    Louis Doucette

    EditorsLeslie Woods and Trisha Doucette

    Contributing EditorsJudith Bundschuh ABOR

    Candice Olson Candice Tells AllKyle Jones nARI Austin

    Keith Moehle San Antonio nARIKaren Matuszewski By Design, Real Estate Services &

    Custom Home Consulting

    Contributing WritersSharla Bell, Jackie Benton, Julie Catalano, Jessica Dupuy,

    Angela Rabke, Dana W. Todd

    Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford

    PhotographyAllison Cartwright Twist Tours

    Tre Dunham Fine Focus PhotographyThomas McConnellMark MenjivarJacob Termansen

    Vernon Wentz Ad Imagery

    Design and ProductionTim Shaw The Shaw Creative

    Printing and Direct MailSmithPrint

    Phone512.385.4663, Austin - 210.410.0014, San Antonio


    Business Office4714 Cambridge / Sugar Land, Texas 77479

    Sales Office10036 Saxet Drive / Boerne, Texas 78006


    Website www.urbanhomemagazine.com

    Urban Home Magazine Austin-San Antonio is published by Big City Magazines of Austin, LLC. Advertising rates available upon request. All rights reserved by copyright. no part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent from publisher. Every effort is made to assure accuracy of the information contained herein. However, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Advertising is subject to errors, omissions and or other changes without notice. Mention of any product or service does not constitute endorsement from Urban Home Magazine. The information contained in this publication is deemed reliable from third party sources, but not guaranteed. Urban Home Magazine does not act as an agent for any of the advertisers in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified remodeling, home furnishings or home improvement firm based on your own selection criteria. Urban Home Magazine, does not act as an agent for any of the realtors or builders in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified realtor to assist you in your new home purchase.

    Urban Home Magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. All real estate advertising in Urban Home Magazine, is subject to the Fair Housing Act that states We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Copyright 2011 by Urban Home Magazine. All Rights Reserved.


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    A lot goes into building a new home. Making sure you have the right team together for your project can make all the difference between a dream home and a nightmare project. Using the services of a professional to help assemble your new home team can save you time, money and frustration. Karen & Rob Matuszewski are custom home consultants who have been helping clients build new homes for 10 years. They have earned numerous designations in home construction from the National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) & the National Association. of Realtors (NAR).

    SERvIcES INcLUDE: Lifestyle Analysis Community Selection Lot EvaluationBuilder Interviews Architect Interviews Plan Design AssistanceProject Financing Options Construction VisitsInterior Design/Landscape/Pool Referrals Current Home Marketing & Sale Representation Interim Housing Assistance

    cREDENTIALS INcLUDE:NAHB - Certified Graduate Associate Green ProfessionalNew Home Sales Professional University of Housing InstructorNAR - GREEN Designation SRES DesignationMasters Degree - Finance HBA Board of Directors 2010/2011

    BY DESIGN custom Home consultingKaren & Rob Matuszewski

    Real Estate Services & Custom Home ConsultingKaren Karen_Matuszewski@yahoo.com 512.917.2653Rob txrpm@yahoo.com 512.695.6498www.KarenSellsAustin.com

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    cover16 Modern Modesty Photography by Thomas McConnell

    featured homes24 Everything Old Is New Again Photography by Mark Menjivar32 Modernizing A Traditional Home Georgian Architecture With A Twist Photography by Vernon Wentz

    trends46 Decorating 5 1/2 Yard Transformation50 Culture Mid-Century Modern Playful And Practical Post-War Design54 Design Modern Mid-Century64 Outdoor From Weber To Wow74 Entertaining Take Me Out To The Tailgate!

    highlights38 Remodeling: Realty Restoration Three Generations Of Excellence44 Community Service: Urban Home Dream Home58 Austin NARI Tour of Homes62 San Antonio NARI Tour Of Homes81 AIA San Antonio 2011 Homes Tour


    fabulous finds78 Brenham, Texas

    essentials53 New Products: Mid-Century Inspired76 New Products: Tailgating contributing editors30 Kyle Jones, NARI Austin & Keith Moehle, San Antonio NARI40 Candice Olson, Candice Tells All42 Karen Matuszewski , By Design - Custom Home Consulting80 Judith Bundschuh, ABOR

    82 Advertiser Index

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