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An inviting mix of black lueders limestone and ipe greet visitors as they approach the Austin, Texas, home.

East Windsor Residence, Austin, Texas

East Windsor Residence, Austin, Texas

  • An inviting mix of black lueders limestone and ipe greet visitors as they approach the Austin, Texas, home.

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    An inviting mix of black lueders limestone and ipe greet visitors as they approach the Austin, Texas, home.

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  • A restrictive lot forced the architects to design a thin home, but it also helped promote light-filled loft-like spaces.

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    A restrictive lot forced the architects to design a thin home, but it also helped promote light-filled loft-like spaces.

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    A restrictive lot forced the architects to design a thin home, but it also helped promote light-filled loftlike spaces.

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  • The client requested open, loft-like spaces that can accommodate large parties.

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    The client requested open, loft-like spaces that can accommodate large parties.

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    The client requested open, loftlike spaces that can accommodate large parties.

  • A view of kitchen looking toward the living room and skyline beyond.

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    A view of kitchen looking toward the living room and skyline beyond.

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    A view of kitchen looking toward the living room and skyline beyond.

  • The master bath features a generous helping of marble, with port holes cut in the wall.

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    The master bath features a generous helping of marble, with port holes cut in the wall.

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    The master bath features a generous helping of marble, with port holes cut in the wall.

  • The metal staircase with massive ebonized oak treads can be seen from the first floor of the home.

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    The metal staircase with massive ebonized oak treads can be seen from the first floor of the home.

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    The metal staircase with massive ebonized oak treads can be seen from the first floor of the home.

  • The house's ipe screen includes two movable 10-foot sections that can open the house to the outdoors.

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    The house's ipe screen includes two movable 10-foot sections that can open the house to the outdoors.

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    The house's ipe screen includes two movable 10-foot sections that can open the house to the outdoors.

  • The first-floor plan.

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    The first-floor plan.

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    The first-floor plan.

  • The second-floor plan.

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    The second-floor plan.

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    The second-floor plan.

  • The third-floor plan.

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    The third-floor plan.

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    The third-floor plan.

  • The site plan.

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    The site plan.

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    The site plan.

alterstudio architects
austin

The East Windsor Residence is the answer to the question, “Does limitation yield innovative design?” Presented with a 200-foot-long triangular site and a 40-foot setback, architect Kevin Alter devised a sliver of a house that gently embraces the site’s shape. The three-level home features the kitchen, living room, and master suite on the top floor, with secondary space sprinkled across the other two levels. Its warm but contemporary palette of materials includes oak, marble, limestone, and a 16-foot ipe shading screen. “[The home] has a lot of nice moves to it,” one judge declared.

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