This striking mid-century modern spec home in an Austin, Texas, subdivision stands out—just enough—from its traditional neighbors. Working around a stringent set of CC&Rs, local firm Alterstudio Architects managed to pull off some contemporary touches such as oversized windows, clean lines, and sleek exterior detailing.
The design team started by orienting the home to take maximum advantage of an adjacent greenbelt area and a green space at the rear of the 0.375-acre site, placing the entry courtyard around a stand of live oaks that helps minimize the footprint of the large home. A two-story mass conceals the structure to the east and establishes an independent relationship with the site.
Inside, nearby houses disappear from view thanks to carefully placed windows that provide uninterrupted views—a move reminiscent of Joseph Eichler's California homes, from which the architects and their client took inspiration. Windows that seem to go beyond the ceiling plane, oversized mahogany sliders, and a tall light monitor in the master bath provide focal points, while quartersawn oak floors, walnut cabinets, and grey Lueders limestone pay homage to the home's wooded site.