Clayton & Little carefully updates mid-century Balcones Residence in Austin - architecture and design

Clayton & Little carefully updates mid-century Balcones Residence in Austin



Original brickwork, mahogany panelling and a new guest casita are featured in this 1950s Texas dwelling that has been meticulously renovated by local studio Clayton & Little.

The Balcones Residence was originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and prominent architect of modern-style homes. The brick dwelling sits adjacent to an historic military base in a leafy Austin neighbourhood.
Perched on a hillside, the dwelling has a distinctive concrete balcony that cantilevers over the front yard, which faces west. A courtyard and swimming pool are found on the south side of the home.

When the clients purchased the two-bedroom house from the original owners, they "delved into all things mid-century modern" and hired local firm Clayton & Little to oversee a sensitive renovation of the 1,773-square-foot (165-square-metre) building. The architects sought to retain the home's original character while adding square footage, updating finishes and improving energy efficiency. Certain rooms were reconfigured, while others were left intact.

"Roessner designed this modest home with clean lines, simple forms and used humble and affordable materials," the firm said. "Preserving the original character of the site and maintaining the prominence of the historic structure was of most importance."
The entrance to the home was modified. Brick walls were added to form an open-air garden, which establishes a more formal entry seque...
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