The Autohaus is a home in Austin, Texas, that was designed as both a car collectors’ garage and a residence. The main bedroom is part of a 20-foot cantilever that seems to float above an open area that can be used for gatherings and automobile display.
While the residence was being rehabbed, the homeowner wanted to carve out a bit more flexible space that could be used for client meetings, as well as entertaining. Under the carport, an underutilized utility closet was reimagined as a bright studio by simply reversing the access so that the doors faced out onto the backyard deck rather than inside toward the carport. After adding French doors and skylights, the transformation was complete.
These homeowners liked the cleanness of a modern home, but also wanted to keep warm colors that made the space feel more their own, so designers created a "transitional" look, using color tones that are clean and soft to downplay the radical, horizontal lines of a modern design.
This Beverly Hills home features Tudor Revival-style diamond-shaped window panes and a steeply pitched roof, though the selection of gray shingles and white board and batten siding offer an updated look.
With its many windows, the nighttime view of this Hyde Park home from the street gives off the impression that the home is glowing from the inside, highlighting the openness of the design-even from outside.
Transformed from an open carport to an enclosed AV room, the rear exterior of this home has views to two outdoor living spaces. The outdoor space combines an interesting mix of materials including concrete walls and tiered level landscaping.
The owners of this home turned the lower level and carport into a luxurious, Asian-style master bedroom suite. The large space includes several seating areas, a courtyard, spa bathroom and a remarkable fireplace that hovers above the floor.
Despite the facade's strong linear elements, the home sits on a steeply sloping lot. The only flat area was allocated to the carport. The floor plan was laid out in response to the natural features of the property and its orientation.
What was previously a boxy midcentury home was given an architectural upgrade to add drama and functionality. The front door, previously located at the back of what was the carport, was brought forward to be more in line with the front of the house. The carport was turned into an enclosed garage, and the garage door and front facade were enhanced with hardwood detail, giving the home much-needed visual interest. Black walls and a lime green door adds pops of color and ups the curb appeal even more.