Beautiful Austin Homes

Peek inside 12 beautiful houses on the upcoming AIA Austin Homes Tour


AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016
Photo by Leonid Furmansky

For architecture and design lovers, this weekend's AIA Austin Homes Tour is a can't-miss event. Showcasing 12 stunning homes, the self-guided tour runs October 15-16 and gives participants the opportunity to see work from the city’s most sought-after architectural firms.

Featured architects include Baldridge ArchitectsMell LawrenceWebber + Studio Architects; and Faye and Walker Architecture, a firm making its tour debut with the “Elephant House” project. “The AIA Austin Homes Tour is the premier place to showcase our work,” says Sean Guess, an architect with Faye and Walker. “We hope visitors will feel at home, able to imagine themselves participating in all facets of their daily lives amidst the context we have created.”

The AIA Austin Homes Tour is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a diverse collection of projects representing a range of architectural styles. Attendees can look forward to everything from a reinterpreted modern farmhouse to an updated midcentury gem to a show-stopping stunner complete with sweeping vistas.

The tour runs from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $35 online. Wristbands are available during the tour for $40 and can be purchased at featured homes or retail locations. Entrance to individual homes is $10 (cash only) and can be purchased onsite.

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4506 Balcones Dr.
Tarrytown
Mell Lawrence Architects

This property features two separate buildings: a main house and a guest house.

4506 Balcones Dr.
The living areas features panoramic views and lots of natural light.  

206 Montopolis Dr.
Montopolis
Faye and Walker Architecture

Also known as the "Elephant House," the main inspiration for this house was corrugated fiber cement panels, a material often used in European construction. It looks and feels similar to an elephant's hide.

206 Montopolis Dr.
Says the architect, "The form of the house is simple and monolithic."

2005 Scenic Dr.
Tarrytown
Furman + Keil Architects

Located in a lakeside neighborhood of Old West Austin, this home is one of the last original stone cottages in the area.

2005 Scenic Dr.
The architects worked to maintain the original charm of the existing cottage while creating a modern aesthetic. 

6919 Greenshores Dr.
Greenshores on Lake Austin
Lake | Flato Architects

The two-story east wing of the property houses a kitchen, living, and dining spaces on the first floor, all which overlook the 75-foot lap pool.

 

6919 Greenshores Dr.
Situated on Lake Austin, the property's owners requested the home have outdoor living space, maximize views of the water, facilitate Ironman training, and provide home offices.

4604 Ridge Oak Dr.
Highland Park West
McKinney York Architects

This house was built on a property overlooking the Pennybacker Bridge and Lake Austin.

4604 Ridge Oak Dr.
The clients were former University of Texas students who chose to move back to Austin from Houston to enjoy their retirement. 

2805 Down Cove
Barton Hills
Baldridge Architects

This three-bedroom, four-and-a-half- bath new construction features sweeping vistas of the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

2805 Down Cove
Known as the "Barton House," Baldridge Architects wanted to ensure that the interiors paid homage to the structure's natural setting.

1505 Newning Ave.
Neighborhood: Travis Heights
Nick Deaver Architects

The architect created floating wood terraces in order to accommodate low branches around the property.

1505 Newning Ave.
The home combines elements such as reused galvanized metal and glass to seamlessly blend interiors and exteriors.

907 Mansell Ave. 
Govalle
Rauser Design

This newly constructed, 1,450-square-foot home features two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

907 Mansell Ave. 
On the unique design, the architect says, "The client’s directive for durability and simplicity dovetailed nicely into our fixation with Dr. Joe Lstiburek’s concept of The Perfect Wall (also called The 500 Year Wall). This physics-based building science concept pushes the air, vapor, and thermal control layers to the outside of the structure, eliminating the need for insulation in wall and roof cavities and allowing the structure to be expressed."

907 Mansell Ave. 
One of the home's two bathrooms.

5109 Evans Ave. 
North Loop
Rick & Cindy Black Architects

This husband-wife duo designed, built, and live in this 1,090-square-foot abode.

5109 Evans Ave. 
The architects say that keeping with the unique and eclectic vibe of the neighborhood was crucial, as was staying as green as possible. (The house has a 5-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building Program.)

2313 Westrock Dr. 
Neighborhood: Barton Hills
Tom Hurt

This unique project called for a series of modern towers to be built atop an already existing 1950s ranch home. 

2313 Westrock Dr. 
In addition to panoramic views from the tower, the family asked for a series of "shared family spaces" to be included in the design.

3301 Perry Ln.
Highland Park West
Tornbjerg Design 

This three-bedroom, three-bath new construction was built to maximize breezes and shade.

3301 Perry Ln.
It was important for the structure to blend indoor and outdoor spaces. Not only was it aesthetically pleasing, it minimized the overall footprint of the home.

909 Columbus St.
Neighborhood: Bouldin
Webber + Studio Architects

The architects originally thought this lot to be "unbuildable," due to its small size and the enormous Live Oak trees on the property. Instead, Webber + Studio created a barbell-shaped design to accommodate the family of four.

909 Columbus St.
Says the architect of the unique interiors, "The house reflects the personalities of the pair of owners. Plywood interior wall surfaces and stained concrete floors are warm and relaxed, reflecting her hard-working earthiness in contrast with his tech-y entrepreneurialism, reflected in the scrappy but resourceful ‘bar-code’ exterior siding pattern."