New York Avenue Project

New York Avenue Project

Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design
Austin, Texas, United States | View Map
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Private Houses
Andrea Calo

New York Avenue Project

Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design as Architects

This budget-minded new home in east Austin recalls the bungalows that characterize the original neighborhood while incorporating modern details. The design overcomes the cramped and crowded spaces common in traditional bungalows by pulling apart the floor plan and vaulting communal living spaces. More so than historic bungalows, the home connects with the landscape by framing views through floor to ceiling windows and providing multiple porches. A long corridor allows its entering occupant to see through the entirety of the house and into the back yard. Thus, the one-story home seems much larger than its 1680 SF.


Throughout the house, small details impart a modern edge to the cozy bungalow. While traditional in form, the front porch reveals modern details such as siding with mitered corners, an open vault, and a fresh color scheme. While the front facade sports smaller, traditional double hung windows, the back and sides of the house opens up with tall expanses of modern windows. An expected wood floor surprises with a modern painted finish, uniting the spaces throughout the house. It is interrupted only by the architect designed bathroom flooring which uses a traditional hexagonal tile in more current patterns and colors.

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