Despite being shrouded by a dark veil on the exterior, this home is flooded with natural light on the interior most notably by the use of a glass stair atrium and a light monitor above the living room. Simple, yet classic and earthy material selections provide warmth to this airy, contemporary home.
A note from the owners: ”When we first moved into our house, I felt like I was constantly discovering areas of interest that I hadn't been able to appreciate or conceptualize throughout the build process until we were living there. Each window feels so meticulously placed and offers the best possible views at different times of the day. The flow of the house works so well for our family and there are just so many things that I wouldn't have known to consider or to ask for that Sam thoughtfully included when designing our home. Additionally, he was super easy to work with throughout the process. He really took our notes and desires for our home to heart. I recommend Sam Burch to anyone building a new home. He's the best.”
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Waller Build
PHOTOGRAPHY Katie Jameson / Molly Culver
Designed and completed in collaboration with David Shiflet, Shiflet Group Architects
Inspired by the iconic garage in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this sleek structure showcases the owner’s epic and very personal car collection. Nestled amongst majestic live oaks, the garage allows constant reminders, both inside and out, of the natural surroundings. The simple, yet elegant building is highlighted by exquisite detailing and craftsmanship.
A note from the owners: ”Sam was the architect of a garage I had built over the last three or four years. My project was, I imagine, a bit out of the ordinary; it offers parking for 15 or so cars and has ‘lounge areas’ in the basement and on an upper level. The building also features a large, industrial strength lift to move vehicles from one floor to the other. Sam designed and helped supervise the construction of the ultimate Man Cave. All I have to do is make sure to not crash any vehicles through any of the large glass walls. I could not be happier with the result. Sam was a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process. So much so that today I consider Sam and Ashley my friends and I wish them all the success in the world, both professionally and in raising their young family.”
Designed and completed in collaboration with David Shiflet, Shiflet Group Architects.
The young family for which this home was designed requested a place where they did not have to worry about being themselves. At any given time, you may find one of the children rolling through the living room on a skateboard or swinging from the rafters of the back porch. The result is a home of elegant indestructibility. Equally as important to the design was the fact that the husband and wife had very different aesthetic points of view. The solution is a unique juxtaposition of timeworn elements with minimal, contemporary moments.
A note from the owners: ”This sounds a little silly, but five years later, we still discover thoughtful details and design elements that make us smile - even if its as simple as how natural light falls on an interior architectural feature. Sam is amazing. Just the other day, we were discussing the prospect of building again just to go through the process. It was that enjoyable and working with Sam was truly a rewarding experience. I’m not sure how he did it, but he successfully married our two very different visions into a home we both love. Thanks Sam.”
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Ron Reue
PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Dunn
Timeless and elegant, this urban retreat was distilled from the owner’s love of Brooklyn brownstones and the English Tudor style. Natural light and comfort abound.
A note from the owners: ”We could not recommend Sam Burch more! He is everything you want in an architect—deeply creative, detail-oriented, sharp, and a total joy to work with. He helped elevate our vision for our home and brought so many ideas to the table that we never even imagined. We loved the entire process of collaborating with him.”
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Waller Build
PHOTOGRAPHY Bill Sallans / Hannah Haston
Inspired by the owner’s passion for mid century modern design, this home capitalizes on it’s beautiful hill country surroundings and views of downtown Austin. An abundance of natural light is paired with calming and native materials.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Mark Ashby Design
This sleek, modern home takes full advantage of it’s location on Lake Austin opening up to spectacular views of the water and protected landscape beyond. When complete, the home’s interior will be free-flowing, chic and perfectly tailored to the client’s lifestyle.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Studio A Group
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Rauser Construction
A refreshing take on the Hill Country vernacular, this home is comfortable, open and well suited for entertaining. Native stone is complimented by stucco, wood accents and a metal roof.
This home features resort style living and spaces for entertaining while maintaining opportunities for privacy when desired. Natural light is maximized with attention to sun orientation and through the use of deep overhangs and porches.
Situated on several acres just outside of Fredericksburg, this family home takes cues from the original structures built by German settlers in the region. The home takes full advantage of breezes and southern exposure with porches providing shade and a place for large gatherings.