The Pugh home stands on a ranch east of Austin, basking in the light of the Texas sun. The house, which had several additions over time, had become a cluttered assembly of spaces deprived of solar exposure.
The remodel conserves the overall structure, while carving out interior partitions and removing large portions of the attic. The result is a flexible open plan with clean lines and clear formal relationships between object and space.
Additionally, the design aims to enhance a meaningful connection to nature in its modulation of light, breezes, and views. Construction began in 2011, and incorporating sustainable reclaimed materials, including wood from a decommissioned seed mill in Elgin, Texas.
The design boasts a series of threshold pieces to mark movement through the house. Starting in the front yard, one encounters a concrete entry portal as an initial threshold.
The other two thresholds, found within the home, help denote the separation between three main zones: spaces for sleeping, living, and playing. Each of these elements helps to blur the line between indoors and outdoors, creating a home that enhances the beauty of living on the Texas landscape.
Photography by: Bryant Hill
The open-plan design creates an immense central open space, with living, dining, and kitchen areas centered beneath a two story angled ceiling. The marble topped island overlooks a set of contemporary sofas and large entertainment wall featuring shelving and built-in fireplace.
The contemporary sofas stand over a plush area rug, while the expanse of natural hardwood flooring spreads behind into a large kitchen area with circular dining table at left. Full height glass allows sunlight throughout the space.
The immense dining room overlooks the front yard, with a lengthy hardwood dining table at center. White cabinetry for table settings matches those found in the kitchen at left.
This wide view of the central space showcases the vast expanse of open air, connecting the disparate ends of the home. Rich wood, white walls, and muted grey and black tones keep the area grounded.
The bathroom contrasts the bright whites of the rest of the home with deep marble tones, throughout the flooring and bath areas. Large glass-enclosed shower stands next to the soaking tub, with natural light cascading in above.
Here we see the original digital mock-up of the remodel, showing how closely the project hewed to the original design.
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