The farmHOUSE design is a revisiting of an earlier project that only got through the schematic design phase. It did however always resonate and is being ressurected for a proposed site in East Austin. Perfectly structured for the south facing 65'x 200' lot, it is composed of a simple 16'x 120' bar that houses 2 bedrooms, a shared bath, living, dining, and kitchen, a covered dogtrot dining porch and the separate master suite.
Concrete block screen walls protect an adjacent "farmyard" for pets, gardens, chickens, and outdoor entertainment, as well as providing "defensible" space in a relatively run-down neighbourhod. Provisions for sliding screens and shutters (not shown) will allow for the home to be locked up tight for extended periods of inoccupation.
4' south facing overhangs provide a shaded walkway from the streetside parking area. The main entry to the compound is through the dog-trot dividing the public spaces from the master bedroom suite. This same dog-trot provides a protected outdoor area for dining and entertainment on a cantilevered extension of the interior kitchen counterspace.
The ample counterspace also has an integrated dining area that mirrors the exterior dining area and provides for easy entertaining with direct access to the outside and the connected covered dog-trot dining porch. A graphically wall-papered entertainment nook anchors the living area and provides a space for the flatscreen TV and cantilevered walnut credenza to house the HiFi and associated AV equipment. Tiled backsplashes in the kitchen, carrera marble counters and open shelving celebrate the love of cooking with a mix of industrial and "luxury" materials.
10' ceilings with long north facing clerestories offer up gallery like lighting and wallspace in the living area for the display of art and sculpture, allowing the simple space to serve as a neutral backdrop for the colour of the inhabitants and their things.