Site size: 7,080 sf Project size: 1,900

Program: The architect renovated and expanded a central Texas cottage for clients who work from home and enjoy hosting social gatherings.

Location: Austin’s historic Travis Heights neighborhood.

Solution: The architect removed a previous addition to the home, then added a new wing with the master suite, a glazed dining terrace, a sitting space with a wood-burning stove, and utility rooms. The low sloping addition continues the theme of terraced floor planes, also seen on the front deck. This subtle drop maximized floor space without the use of many stairs, while adding a floating effect to the addition.

Construction and materials: The addition employs structural steel; the rest is stick frame construction. Extensive glazing, including the glass-walled terrace, large master window, and large sliding glass doors, create dramatic connections to the outdoors. In a nod to the southwestern vernacular style, uncovered shiplap on walls and the kitchen island is balanced by quieter material choices like cold-rolled blackened plate steel, soapstone countertops, and carrera marble for bathroom floors and a custom vanity. Mechanicals are concelaed below the addition.

Completion date: October 2015


Additional Information

Total project cost: withheld 

Client: withheld



Nick Deaver Architect
606 Highland Ave.
Austin, TX 78703
p: 512-494-9808

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Nick Deaver, AIA
Adam C. Melius

Architect of record:

Nick Deaver


Leap Structures, Austin TX

General contractor:

Moontower Design Build


Casey Dunn



Adelante Landscaping


Lights Fantastic





Structural System

Wood on Steel frame; pier and beam construction

Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: Reused site found corrugated metal

Metal/glass curtain wall: Fixed glass in 1/2" x 1/2" aluminum angle.


Built-up roofing: 60 mil TPO membrane fully adhered on 2" insulation board on 3/4" plywood.


Wood frame: Non site glazed windows are Marvin Ultimate windows


Skylights: Velux skylight


Entrances: Custom built vertical grain white oak front door with fixed glass panel.


Locksets: Emtek Hardware

Pulls: Sugatsune kitchen cabinet pulls

Security devices: August wireless deadbolts

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Sawdust Studios

Paints and stains: Sherwin William interior and exterior

Wall coverings: Kitchen and master screen porch has exterior La Habra plaster.

Special surfacing: 3/8" cold rolled blackened steel plate for kitchen island; 3cm soapstone for kitchen countertops and backslashes; 3cm Carrera Marble countertop

Raised flooring: Reused site found wood shiplap; 1/4" steel plate floor hearth

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Reused site found wood shiplap
1/4" steel plate floor hearth


Tables: Custom dining table by Mockingbird Domestics


Interior ambient lighting: Edge LED lighting in recessed track

Downlights: Juno 2" gimbal LED


Energy management or building automation system:Nest Thermostat