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
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.
*Designed and completed while at Shiflet Group Architects.
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.