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This 400-Year-Old Tree Was In The Way, See What Happened

This 400-year-old stunner of a tree, inhabiting a lot in Austin, Texas was right where these home-owners wanted to build their custom contemporary southern-inspired home. That wasn’t a problem for the couple though. Where many might bulldoze down a tree in the name of progress, the home-owners fell deeply in love, and had their home designed to complement the semi-ancient tree, preserving it as a natural landscaping feature on their property. With the help of architect Tom Hurt and David Wilkes Builders, the home-owners were able to design their new home around the stately trunk.

This 400-year-old tree in Austin, Texas inspired the landowners to incorporate it into the design of their southern-inspired home, rather than cut it down.

The tree in question has called Austin its home for far longer than any of us have called the Earth our’s. These home-owners were right to preserve it, and in exchange it has lent both rich character and a soulful story to their new abode. The main challenge facing the design team was to build a home on a particularly narrow lot that authentically reflected historical homes built in the South 100 years ago, with a contemporary twist. They borrowed unabashedly from architectural styles prevalent in New Orleans, including creole cottages and the balconies of the French Quarter. A purple exterior reminiscent of Charleston’s painted ladies (i.e. Rainbow Row) emboldens the shady exterior. The flooring is made from reclaimed timber, a subtle nod to its nearby brethren, and the kitchen is designed around a massive carved wood antique mantle. Scroll down to see the entire southern-inspired home, which is peppered with contemporary features, modern accents, and southern charm (don’t miss the shiplap)!

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

This custom southern-inspired home in Austin Texas is designed with authentic New Orleans southern style in mind.

I personally love how this home is a seamless merger of old and new. The wide wrap around porch and matching balcony is super attractive as well. I’ve always been a sucker for a wrap-around porch. I hope you enjoyed this home as much as I do!

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6 Comments

  • Reply The Mama Nurse

    Oh wow I love how the wide expansive windows showcase the 400 year old tree. And that kitchen is to die for!
    Tori
    http://www.TheMamaNurse.com

    April 6, 2016 at 10:27 am
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      Ya that window, they really wanted to embrace the tree!

      April 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Ummmm omg!!! Can I live in that house please?!?! Just fabulous! And so is that tree. Love how the Windows show its fabulosness

    April 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      Me too! As soon as I saw it I was just in love. I think it was the black accents against the white shiplap that hooked me.

      April 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply goodenufmommy

    What a gorgeous house! And that tree! I am such a sucker for old trees. Love…

    April 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Young Love Mommy

    Oh my goodness, what a house! I love claw-foot tubs!!Glad they kept the tree. It’s a beautiful

    April 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm
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