Gaston Residence

Austin, Texas

This two story 1940 modified Italianate residence on a prominent corner lot in Pemberton Heights had some good character elements and forms to begin the design dialog.  The owner’s program called for removal of some later additions and significant renovations to the original house design.  Working to retain the original forms of the front façade, the original stone veneer and the eave detailing while creating a homogeneous addition was a challenge. The existing structure did not allow for efficient routing of HVAC, and was balloon framed and did not meet current code; as a result, much of the existing structure had to be removed and rebuilt.

The owner was very involved with all aspects of the design; her erudite perspective was a pleasure to work with.  The owner’s classical, yet somewhat eclectic design direction pushed the design team to classical trim detailing and elegant, but eminently functional finishes and custom cabinet design, with details like custom designed and fabricated guardrails and fencing by local artisan Lars Stanley and custom exterior light fixtures by Bevolo of New Orleans.  Three original light fixtures were reconditioned and used in the renovated residence, as well as a beautiful marble fireplace surround.  This resulted in a finished home that is classical in feel, with modern amenities and layout that is respectful of the original historic structure and that will serve the new homeowners for decades to come.

2012 AIA Austin Homes Tour