First look at the Austin AIA Tour 2019’s 12 gorgeous homes

For design lovers, the AIA Austin Homes Tour is a must every fall and a welcome break from the numerous music festivals and other crowded events of the season.

This is the 33rd year AIA Austin has convinced owners of fabulous homes designed and built by local firms to open their doors to design and lifestyle professionals of all kinds. However, his long tenure and venerable status belies the new approaches and ingenuity shown each year. The variety is extensive and refreshing.

The 12 houses on this year’s tour embody the range of work, styles and talent available in this city, and include designs from award-winning greats such as Alterstudio Architecture, Baldridge Architects, Clayton & Little Architects, Dick Clark + Associates and Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design, FAB-Architektur, Franke: Franke, LaRue Architects, McCollum Studio Architects, McKinney York Architects, Ravel Architecture and Webber + Studio.

Dogs and mounted deer heads seem to be the breakout accessory this year if the photos are any indication. Lots of design dogs (sorry) can’t get enough of exciting architecture or adorable pups; The latter are at least a welcome addition to most home setups.

The 2019 tour will take place daily on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the tour, including how to purchase tickets, visit the AIA Austin Homes Tour website.

Let us know in the comments which of these homes you like best – and why -!

Project name: Cuernavaca Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architecture office: Alterstudio Architecture

Maker: Risinger & Co.

Neighborhood: Lake Hills area

Square feet: 6,864. Five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms

Project type: New building with an existing pool house

Nestled in a wooded lot, the Cuernavaca Residence is part of a developing two hectare family complex. Interestingly, the residence was built after the pool house.

The house features board-shaped concrete walls, crack-sawn oak, milled steel, and galvanized metal panels and concrete that alternate in orientation and pattern, creating a richly textured environment that includes light and shadow at various angles during the day.

Project Name: Greenbelt Overlook Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architecture office: Baldridge Architects

Builder: Pilgrim Building Company

Neighborhood: Barton Hills

Square Feet: 3,432. Three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

Greenbelt Overlook offers spectacular views of modern and rustic influences while also offering the spectacular views of its namesake Greenbelt. At the same time, the challenges are eased by restrictive setbacks, protected trees and utilities. The street-facing side houses public events and a small gym, while the rear of the house opens up to a spacious rooftop terrace and the aforementioned dramatic views.

Project name: Ridge Oak Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: Clayton & Little Architects

Builder: Burnish & Plumb Construction

Neighborhood: Highland Park West

Square Feet: 3,696. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms

Project type: renovation / addition

Clayton & Little brought their expertise to the renovation and expansion of this home, which was designed by Austin architect Howard R. Barr in the late 1940s and partially remodeled by Barr’s son in 2016.

The team kept the brick and wood siding and created an entrance for a proportionally adequate addition that incorporates the 10 foot ceilings and thin roof profile from the original design.

Project name: Desert flower residence

Jake Holt Photography

Jake Holt Photography

Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: McCollum Studio Architect

Builder: Shoberg Homes

Neighborhood: West Lake Hills

Square Feet: 5,430. Five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

Located in the Westview subdivision, a modern home meets the challenges of its property with a split-level approach that obscures its 5,430 square feet and compliments the land’s topography with a similar slope.

Existing oak trees gave the entrance courtyard a natural feeling of size and visual depth, and the rest of the house balances privacy and security with views and passive lighting strategies.

Project name: Bridle Path Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Jake Holt Photography

Architectural office and builder: Franke: Franke

Neighborhood: Tarrytown

Square feet: 3,200. Two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

The Bridle Path residence is also in difficult terrain – with a 12 foot drop from front to back – and has an open floor plan. A clean shed roof with a wooden ceiling hovers over the front facade and connects indoor and outdoor spaces, while the street hugs.

Project name: Michael Street House

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Jake Holt Photography

Architecture office: Ravel Architecture

Builder: FKF Construction

Neighborhood: Barton Hills

Square Feet: 3,330. Three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

This property in the Barton Hills neighborhood is a family property that was laid out over two generations. It has two houses and is surrounded by oak trees, creating the feeling of a quiet retreat.

The limestone and wood houses are bordered by a common central courtyard and hidden between clusters of old trees that cover the sloping lawn. The rear building has a terrace and a lap pool that separates the private master suite from the common areas. The multi-story garage in front of you has bird cage stairs that lead to a rooftop terrace overlooking the hill country and a dedicated media room.

Project name: Cullen Avenue Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architecture office: FAB Architecture

Builder: Mezger Homes

Neighborhood: Crestview

Square feet: 3,350. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms

Project type: new building

A new home combines functional family spaces and artful design to combine traditional and contemporary elements. The earth tones and the grounded aesthetics of the two-story stucco house are brought into harmony with elements such as clean, floor-to-ceiling cupboards and a filigree vertical shielding structure for the stairs.

Project name: 007 house

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Jake Holt Photography

Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: Dick Clark + Associates

Builder: Vinson Radke Homes

Neighborhood: Zilker

Square Feet: 2,758. Three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

007 House borrows the spirit of the International Style movement (and arguably the style of one of the most famous fictional characters of the era) that has been updated for the contemporary lifestyle.

Floor-to-ceiling windows generate light and frame the view of the outside area. The landscaping also serves as a buffer for privacy. The effect is casual and sophisticated.

Project name: New York Avenue Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design

Builder: Texas Construction Company

Neighborhood: rosewood

Square Feet: 1,680 conditioned (two bedrooms, two bathrooms), 550 garage apartment (one bedroom, one bathroom), 324 porches.

Project type: new building

A bungalow-style house in East Austin and a garage were remodeled by architect Elizabeth Baird, who pulled the traditional floor plan apart to allow more connection with nature and bring in modern elements. The garage apartment at the rear of the property, vaulted ceilings in the main house, and landscaping were added during the process.

Project name: foothills terrace

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Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: LaRue Architects

Builder: Shoberg Homes

Neighborhood: Colorado Foothills

Square feet: Conditioned 5,772, covered 8,137. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two half bathrooms.

Project type: new building

A new, contemporary home in an established Austin neighborhood has lots of glass, a flat roof, and other modern touches, softened by deep, wood-lined soffits that float above the clergy’s windows, an entrance courtyard, and backyard living area with a fireplace .

Project name: Las Brisas Residence

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Jake Holt Photography

Architectural firm: McKinney York Architects

Builder: Arrowhead construction

Neighborhood: West Lake Hills

Square Feet: 4,338, four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms

Project type: new building

Another home on a hillside lot – this one on the Canyon side – this newly built home was designed for its owners’ interests in the arts, gardening, and wine collecting, as well as hosting and entertainment. The wooded grounds offer seclusion and views of the city from the pool deck.

The mostly muted colors in the house create a backdrop for the owners’ collection of African textiles. The internals are bespoke to allow easy access to an outdoor work area, sewing machine and hiding desk.

Project Name: The historic Lawson House in Clarksville

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Jake Holt Photography

Architectural office: Webber + Studio

Builder: W +

Neighborhood: Clarksville

Square feet: 2,100. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms

Project type: remodeling and addition

This renovation of Freedman’s Cottage, which had originally been converted, had the effect of increasing the size of the house, taking into account the needs of the current owners and strengthening the historicism of the house so that the ground floor on the upper level could more nicely connect with the large backyard rooms .

At street level, the exterior has been restored to evoke the home’s original history, while the interior has been reinvented to create a serene setting that celebrates the original two-bedroom format – a change brought about by the compressed kitchen space Structure and the additional linear skylight was made possible.

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