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.
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)!
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!