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New year, new casita Posted on January 10, 2016 By Cindy Black

‘Accessory Dwelling Unit’ (or ADU for short) is the latest catchphrase in Austin – the city’s recently passed ordinance relaxes building restrictions related to these backyard casitas. At the November 2015 Council meeting, the following changes to the ADU regulations were approved: Reduce minimum lot.... read more →

small homes Posted on September 21, 2015 By Cindy Black

Our 1940 Retreat project was featured in this season’s issue of Fine Homebuilding, Small Homes edition. Read Cindy’s article here!

sunlight and memory Posted on October 24, 2014 By Cindy Black

This composition of shadows strikes our house in the late afternoons of autumn. The wall texture becomes more noticeable and reveals the sandy paths of the hand-applied stucco. Sunlight – both upon and inside a building – creates vivid, sparkling memories of a place.... read more →

Live / Work Space in Tribeza Posted on June 10, 2014 By Cindy Black

It was rewarding to take a break from work and read this article about a project we designed for a choreographer of dance and projection. The new owner, Carrie Contey, uses the space to host parenting workshops. Read the article.... read more →

Shoal Creek Family Studio Posted on April 21, 2014 By Cindy Black

When we design spaces dedicated for working or making, we have a unique opportunity to play with form, volume and light quality. This family studio was added onto a 1953 brick house that overlooks the limestone banks of Shoal Creek..... read more →

Dwell magazine Posted on January 15, 2014 By Cindy Black

Our latest project, Taking Flight, has been featured in the February 2014 issue of Dwell Magazine: read the online article here! Here are some of the many great and talented people who contributed to this project: Contractor: Jason Miars Construction.... read more →

shoal creek family studio Posted on September 18, 2013 By Cindy Black

First steps completed on a studio addition – concrete wall, desk, beam and scupper. A future ruin to decipher.   View from Shoal Creek during framing, with the concrete scupper ready to catch our recent rain.

the color of light Posted on August 6, 2013 By Cindy Black

Our understanding of light affects how we select colors and materials for both the exterior and interior of our projects. The intense angle of our Texas sun tends to draw out and exaggerate hues, and bright whites have a violet.... read more →

French Place Cottage Posted on May 31, 2013 By Cindy Black

French Place is a quiet urban neighborhood, with modest-scaled houses, many beautiful gardens, and walkable proximity to some of Austin’s favorite local restaurants. Our clients, James & Leah, bought this 1960 house several years ago with the aim to downsize from the.... read more →