The house, designed by Austin architect A.D. Stenger as his personal residence, had suffered decades of neglect and ill-advised modifications. Working with a restrained hand and a modest budget, Sampley reorganized the interior spaces to build on the house’s existing charms. He pushed the enlarged formal living and dining spaces to the front, incorporating a portion of the original deep front porch. A walnut paneled wall acts as a threshold between this area and the informal communal spaces and bedrooms to the rear. The boxed-in galley kitchen was opened to better accommodate the lifestyle of a young family of five and a formerly tacked-on storage space is now a functional utility and mudroom area. The house retains Stenger’s distinctive geometry and re-imagines the original in both plan and elevation to make physical connections to the outdoor spaces.
5-star rating by Austin Energy Green Building Program
Featured in FINE HOMEBUILDING - Winter 2012