The Re-Open House in Austin, Texas, is one amongst many beautiful modern designs Matt Fajkus Architecture can be proud to have on their roster. Known for incorporating landscape to the design of homes, the Re-Open House, too, carries charisma and flow with an explicit connection to nature.
The midcentury home was remodeled to brighten up and breathe fresh air inside the house using natural materials. Completed in 2017, MF Architecture pulled off a modern design aesthetic with style and grace while remaining true to the spirit of the original midcentury modern house.
One of the main updates was to raise the roof, which was originally slightly pitched. Thanks to the sharp lines, natural materials of wood, stone and glass, the elevated roof not only enhances the profile of the building, but also allows plenty of natural light to pour in through the added windows on the south, west as well as north sides.
The selection of natural materials for the exterior allow the home to rest harmoniously within the surrounding environment. The careful placement of glass and clerestory windows control views and create privacy while at the same time connecting inside to the outdoors.
Looking at the before and after images, the interior space has been opened up in a way that allows the spaces to flow from one another.
The skilled craftsmanship of Joel Mozersky Designs equips the interior with cool blue-grey tones. The grey and blue hues are finely tuned to harmonize with the wall of natural stone while wooden accents on the classic midcentury modern plywood wingback chair and ottoman complement the tongue and groove wood ceiling.
Instead of the traditional kitchen as a place solely for cooking, here the open plan invites the kitchen to become part of the social space. Located at the far end of the home, the kitchen features a white-top counter height island overlooking through the entire space. The island also functions as a practical storage space.
The graphic design pattern from the kitchen is repeated in several parts of the home. Next to the kitchen, the pattern continues outside, forming a wall in one of the homes intimate patios in an effort to bring the outdoors in. The same pattern is also found of Cle Tiles adorns an outdoor shower in the private patio of the master bedroom, enforcing the harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The cosy patios are accessible by way of sliding doors of glass in the bedroom or doors from the end of the dining area (to name a couple) forming a seamless transition to the lush surrounding nature.