The lightBOX project currently under construction is a portion of a larger project that includes a 1000s.f. two story addition to a "builder" bungalow from the 40's located North of downtown Austin, Tx. We are building the carport/studio portion of the project first in order to allow the clients to live on the property through the entire construction process. Once the studio is completed and the certificate of occupancy is issued we'll begin in earnest on the demolition and addition for the house itself.
The ground floor of the studio is made up of a single carport, a storage/utility room, a small covered patio from which to enjoy the backyard, and stairs to reach the deck and studio above.
Once upstairs you walk across the 6' wide cantilevered covered deck and enter the studio through one of two 8'x 8' sliding glass doors. The studio is a study in minimal dwelling, composed of a combined living/dining/kitchen space and a european style shower/toilet room.
Much of the south facing facade of the studio is glass shaded by the 6' cantilever of the flat roof, composed of exposed fir beams and SIP roof panels. The 6'x 27' cantilevered deck provides additional exterior living space.
The rear wall lends privacy to what is a very open and light filled space by providing solid walls up to a 6' datum and then topped off with large fixed clerestory windows, which help lend an air of weightlessness to the thin plane of the flat roof.
The east facade is devoted to the stairs and an operable window in the bathroom. The siding for the project will be snap-lock sanding seam metal panels in a paint-grip finish. Much of the steel structure of the carport will be exposed and painted, roof beams will be merely sealed, and the roof panels will be left exposed at the ceiling and overhang at the deck.
The studio serves as a study in miniature for the larger two story addition to the house, which will substitute glu-laminated columns and beams for the steel columns and beams of the studio/carport, but pick up the finishes and detials explored in the smaller building.