Still Feels Like Home: Cat Mountain Residence by Cornerstone

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Conceived originally as a combined remodel and addition, this Cat Mountain Residence design from Cornerstone Group Architects in Austin, Texas, presented something of a dilemma. Structurally, it would have been more workable to do extensive tear-downs, but the client essentially wanted to recreate the existing house, just “refreshed” and refurbished with modern touches. Being a specialist in residential interiors, this particular client also had a vision of a “transitional” style in the remodel, which this layout accomplishes with deceptively smooth élan. The atmosphere of the home is fresh, airy, and bright — witness the natural light flowing through two-story windows around a “floating” staircase — along with a mix of rustic and modern that has its playful side (note the “animal” rug beneath the long book-covered table).

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Now, the owners can enjoy a gorgeous view — extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors help in that endeavor — and a seamless merge of indoor and outdoor living. Mere steps separate the open-plan main living and dining areas from an outdoor relaxation and entertaining space with plunge pool, fire pit, and roomy patio — itself delineated by shallow stone steps to the lawn and water feature. And, since that outdoor living space is also tucked in an interior courtyard, it’s surrounded by wings of the house for cozy privacy, while still conveying a sense of spacious ambience. Integrating energy-efficient features, reclaimed architectural wood detail, and sustainable design, the architect and owner worked together to bring about this modern, clean-lined space that, when all the dust settled, “felt like home”…improved.

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