We recently photographed a house we designed for a family of four in the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin. The property is tiny (approximately 5,300 sf) and the family needed all the space it could get. When Element 5 was commissioned to do the design we were told the house needed to be 2,800 sf, have a private and remote room for accasional overnight musicians and have a large roof deck to take in the (potential) view of downtown. The property would need to conform to Austin's strict McMansion restrictions and city zoning code. Did I mention that the permit drawings needed to be ready in one month?
Surprisingly it all came together with the help of some very clear and responsive clients and our experience working with the city codes.