Many architects prefer designing in a certain style of architecture - in fact most appear to identify with one style or another on their websites and marketing materials. It gives your firm a clear identity and for the most part we tend to show modern architecture on our website. However, the fact is we work in many genres, depending on our client preferences, the neighboring context and even budget constraints. We feel that good architecture transcends style and a knowledgeable architect is able to work in many different styles and produce quality architecture.
For a project in a conservative, established neighborhood in central Austin we designed a craftsman style house, with deep roof overhangs, awnings shading the windows and a large covered porch. The owners wished to have a very energy efficient home that fit into the style of the neighborhood.
Not all owners wish to fit stylistically into the neighborhood. In a more eclectic neighborhood in central Austin with a mix of traditional and contemporary homes, we desinged a modern home that conforms to the 2-story massing of the neighboring homes. However, the owners wanted a modern-style house that featured a large screened porch and roof deck facing downtown, towards the front. The house steps back from the street while ascending up a hillside.
One of our clients bought a large piece of land near Hamiltons Pool Preserve west of Austin with the intention of building a modest 3 bedroom home for the family and a recording studio for the husband who is a sound engineer. They have a true love of mid-century modern homes and specifically asked us to design an authentic MCM home, with a shallow pitch roof, deep roof overhangs, a carport and central courtyard. The house is still under construction and should be complete in July 2016.