Furman + Keil Architects
Big Red Sun
Using a simple palette of color and materials, this addition and renovation revives a tiny Central Austin bungalow.
Expanding a small Travis Heights bungalow onto an adjacent lot created a U-shaped building centered on a small courtyard with a pool. The addition added the long connector volume that provides the new entry to the house and doubles as a gallery space. The original three-room house was completely gutted—including removing the ceiling to create an interior gambrel roof—and now houses the kitchen and public spaces. Private areas are accommodated in a previous addition that forms the remainder of this leg of the U-shape while the new carport forms the other leg. Simple materials—architectural concrete, board and batten plywood, and Hardiplank siding—are enlivened through the careful use of color, which creates subtle accents and varied dimensions in the space.