Austin, Texas

Site size: 9,697 sq. ft.

Project size: 4,028 sq. ft.


Program: The clients wanted to renovate a two-story, ranch-style, 1960s-era, wood-frame house, which was left devoid of natural light after an earlier duplex conversion. Since they frequently work from home and entertain, the owners wanted ample sunlight, a private office, and connections to the outdoors.

Location: Austin's Tarrytown neighborhood

Solution: The architects' first intervention'opening the existing gabled roof'pulled light deep into the core of the house via north-facing dormers. They converted an existing upstairs wing into a guest room and constructed a new, wood-frame addition for two small bedrooms. They separated the renovated and new rooms with an outdoor terrace, which brings in additional light to the second floor. The architects framed the openings, including large ground-floor windows and the dormers, in steel.

Construction and materials: The renovation salvaged stone from the existing house for exterior cladding, supplemented by hard-trowelled Portland cement. A standing-seam metal roof replaced the original asphalt shingle one.

Sanders Architecture, PLLC  
3706 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 482-9258


Completion date:
House – September 2014
Landscape – December 2014

Sanders Architecture, PLLC         
3706 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 482-9258

Christopher Sanders, AIA

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Christopher Sanders, AIA – principal in charge (architect)
Emily Kettlewell – project manager (not architect)
Leland Ulmer – project designer (not architect)

Interior designer:
Christen Ales Interior Design
(512) 468-3585

Richard Martin
MJ Structures
(512) 693-9500

Jeff Fletcher
(512) 971-1654

General contractor:
Jason Miars, Miars Construction
(512) 750-9519

Merrick Ales
(512) 585-7930



Structural system
Wood framed building with structural steel elements at large window and door openings.

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:
Steel House MFG
(512) 961-4907

Exterior cladding
Stone salvaged from existing structure

Metal Panels:
Pre-weathered Galvalume, Shingles

Precast concrete:
Moisture barrier:

Pre-weathered Galvalume, Standing Seam

Metal frame:
Custom fabrication of steel windows by Steel House MFG
(512) 961-4907

Aluminum operable windows inserted into the steel fabrications by RAM Windows (

Custom fabrication of steel doors by Steel House MFG
(512) 961-4907

Metal doors:
Steel House MFG
(512) 961-4907

Sliding doors:
Henderson Hardware

Door Knobs and Levers:
Baldwin and Emtek

Baldwin and Emtek

Halliday & Baillie
Other special hardware:
RIXON pivot hinges

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Evan McArthur, EMC Carpentry
(512) 653-5112

Paints and stains:
Sherwin Williams Paints

Wall coverings:
Powder Room Wall Paper: Winfield Thybony WT06105 Torinoko

Custom Painted Wood Boards, Sherwin Williams Gloss Paint

Plastic laminate:
Wilsonart Plastic Laminate, Designer White (Laundry Room)

Solid surfacing:

Wood Floors:
American Walnut, Du Chateau Vernal Collection

Floor and wall tile:
Ceramic Tile (Kids bathroom floor): Interceramic, Concrete 12x24
Ceramic Tile (Kids bathroom walls): Interceramic, Spa 4x24
Carrara Marble Tile (Guest Bathroom): Materials Marketing
Back Painted Glass in Kitchen: Stone Solutions, Elements Ice 3x 12

Living Room:
Sofa- Mitchell Gold Bob Williams "Hunter 90" sofa 
Wing chair- Mitchell Gold Bob Williams "Marsden wing chair" with custom made ottoman to match
2 chevron chairs- Square Feathers "Chester chair"
Cocktail Ottoman- Precendent Button tufted ottoman in vinyl upholstery
Rug- FLOR "Carry a Torch"
Side table- Wisteria "Silver Fitzgerald Table"
Wood side table- Vintage walnut from Uptown Modern in Austin
Art- Custom by Pamelam (Etsy artist)
Lamps- Currey and Company

Table- Custom "Marley" Dining table from Weego Home
Chairs- client find and reupholstered
Rug- Couristan "Anji rug in Oatmeal"
Lights- Tech Lighting "Jayden Grande Pendant" crystal glass
Mirror- Mirror Image Home
Art- Wisteria 

Console Table- Wisteria
Light- Arteriors "Zanadoo Chandelier"

Custom banquette upholstered in Robert Allen vinyl
Concrete and Steel custom designed table 
Chairs- Dot and Bo
Light- Currey and Company

Rug- FLOR "Jimdandy Indigo" 
Coffee table- Ikea Boksel
Stools- Ikea
Pillows- Amity Home

Desk- Four Hands Home "Wright Desk"
Desk chair- Pottery barn "Nash leather swivel desk chair"
Lounge Chair- West Elm "Sweep leather arm chair"

Interior ambient lighting:
Elemental LED

HALO Lighting

Task lighting:
Artemide, Tolomeo Classic Wall
& Tradition, Bulb SR1
& Tradition, Mega Bulb SR2

Dimming System or other lighting controls:
Lutron Lighting

Matthews Fan Co. (wall mounted fans)
Modern Fan Co. (ceiling fans)

Sink – Lacava Aquagrande
Lav Faucets – Mirabelle Edenton
Tub Filler & Hand Shower, Shower Head – Brizo Odin
Tub – Mirabelle Edenton

Sink – Blanco
Faucet – Brizo Solna

Shower Head/Controls – Brizo Odin
Sink/Lav Fixture – Mirabelle
Shower Drain – Infinity Drain

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Concrete Stair Treads:
John Newbold, Newbold Stone

Concrete Counter at AV system:
John Newbold, Newbold Stone

Powder Room Counter:
Custom Milled Live Edge American Black Walnut