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


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  • As the weather finally begins to cool off just a bit, we begin to focus on a new season. Fall, the time of harvest, is also a time to stop, look back, and remember to be thankful for our blessings. Unfortunately, many in Central Texas have experienced terrible tragedy in the last year. The wildfires of this area have left many of our friends, neighbors and loved ones suffering the loss of their homes and possessions. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted during this very difficult time. In this issue of Urban Home, we take a look at four very unique homes. From a modern, rural oasis made from a combination of steel,

    concrete and glass, to an 1800s home which has been expanded without losing the perspective of the original German farmhouse of yesteryear. In addition, we visit a home built with the design aesthetic of an English cottage; as warm and inviting as it is charming. Finally, as the saying goes, the best things come in small packages, we feature a light, bright contemporary home that is the perfect example of design efficiency. With our focus on design in this issue, we look into the colors of nature and how they impact the look of our homes, as well as the

    emotions they evoke within us. Come as we explore the inspirations of Mother Earth and her colorful influence upon design. A design dilemma that many of us face is the home office. How do we produce a space that is not only functional, but visually appealing?

    Get tips from several design professionals on how to best create a space that will inspire you for success.While distilling liquor may not be new to the Lone Star state, it is rather recent that it could be done legally! So join us as we toast one

    of Texas newest and hippest industries. Texas distillers are making their mark on this age old industry with award-winning, artisan spirits. Allow us to introduce you to some of Texas best newcomers in one of its oldest trades. As the holidays approach, we all begin to think about our celebratory menus. What holiday table is complete without a scrumptious pie?

    Look inside to find ideas, tips and recipes from some of the most beloved pie-makers in Central Texas. We at Urban Home wish you a wonderful fall season in our lovely Central Texas.

    Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors

    Please be encouraged to recycle.

    On The Cover:

    The combination of steel, concrete, glass, wood and surrounding landscape blend together to create this contemporary Hill Country oasis built by Grady Burnett of Grady Burnett Builders and designed by Patrick Tighe of Patrick Tighe Architecture. Photo by Art Gray. Page 16.

    Scan to view more features of this home.

    From the editors

    P.S. Find us on Facebook at Urban Home Magazine: Austin San Antonio.

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  • 2011 | VOL. 6 | NO. 5Publisher

    Louis Doucette

    EditorsLeslie Woods and Trisha Doucette

    Contributing EditorsJudith bundschuh AbOr

    Catrina Hoelke - Catrinas at the ranch & La CatrinaKyle Jones nArI Austin

    Keith Moehle San Antonio nArIKaren Matuszewski by Design, real Estate Services &

    Custom Home Consulting

    Contributing WritersClaudia Alarcon, nancy Atkinson, Sharla bell, Jessica Dupuy, Mauri Elbel, Manuel Flores, Sue-Ella Mueller, Dana W. Todd

    Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford

    PhotographyDavid bogle syncro architecture studio

    Allison Cartwright Twist ToursCasey DunnManuel FloresArt Gray

    Greg Hursley

    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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    cover16 Modern, Rural Oasis Photography by Art Gray and Allison Cartwright/Twist Tours

    featured homes24 In With The Old, In With The New Photography by Greg Hursley32 A Study In Efficiency Photography by David Bogle38 The Best Things Come To Those Who Wait Photography by Casey Dunn

    trends48 Design Guided By Nature60 Organization At Home In The Office66 Garden How Dry I Am74 Entertaining Pie Heaven

    highlights44 Community Service: Urban Home Dream Home64 Shedding New Light On Outdoor Landscaping70 A Conversation With Thom Filicia


    fabulous finds78 Central Texas Spirits

    essentials46 New Products: Great Design contributing editors31 Kyle Jones, NARI Austin & Keith Moehle, San Antonio NARI42 Karen Matuszewski , By Design - Custom Home Consulting47 Catrina Hoelke - Catrinas at the Ranch & La Catrina81 Judith Bundschuh, ABOR

    82 Advertiser Index

    2011 October/November

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  • By Sharla BellPhotography by art gray and

    alliSon Cartwright/twiSt tourS

    t first glance, the dynamic, swooping roof

    that overhangs the back of the house

    in Wimberley is so eye-catching, so very appealing,

    that one could miss the raw beauty of the rest of the

    house. With its asymmetric shape, cantilevered beams,

    and steel pipe columns that splay at unsuspecting

    angles, dancing across the rugged landscape of

    the Hill Country, the roof garners much attention,

    reasons architect Patrick Tighe, of Patrick Tighe

    Architecture. But for all of the notice given the roof,

    builder Grady Burnette of Grady Burnette Builders,

    believes that it is the very nature of the structure

    that makes this home so unique from a design

    perspective. The living wing of the home is basically

    a structure of steel and concrete with glass filling in

    the voids, explains Burnette. It is this combination of

    materials, steel, concrete, glass and wood, as well as

    the homes interaction with the landscape that lend it

    the distinct feel of a modern, rural oasis.

    Modern, rural oasis


    Photos by alliSon Cartwright/twiSt tourS

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  • The home is situated in the center of fourteen acres, at the brow of a sloping, arcing piece of land. because the home is nestled into the landscape, a strong relationship between the indoors and outdoors is created, adds Tighe. Upon initial inspection of the property, the homeowner found a site that would allow for constant interaction with the scenery, and as burnette explains, the house was built to capture this expansive view. Once the site was chosen, the homeowner had very specific desires for his home. The goal was to design a home with a contemporary but warm feel that reflected the local vernacular of the Hill Country. This meant using natural materials like limestone directly from the site for the fireplace, and cedar, a prevalent Texas Hill Country wood, for the ceiling. Concrete, steel, glass and wood combine to create the palette of natural materials, adds Tighe.Another important element of design

    according to Tighe can be found in the way the house moves from a very low, grounded structure at the front of the site to an almost ethereal, soaring structure as one progresses toward the back of the house on the western horizon. From the front, one sees the heavier, stucco exterior and concrete interior of the home. It feels solid, as if the home is weighted to the e


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