Site size: 9,366 sf

Project size: 4,485 sf (3,271 sf indoors)

Program: A young family of four sought a five-bedroom home with a pool in an artsy, eccentric neighborhood of Austin with strict zoning specifications and large existing trees.

Location: Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood

Solution: Blurring lines between inside and outside, the architects designed a home with expansive common spaces and seamless connections to the pool court and backyard. The front masonry wall preserves privacy and frames indirect access to the front door, while an interior stair, separated from the living area by a wall of the same material, delineates public and private spaces.

Construction and materials: The architects planned the orientation and insulation of this steel and wood-frame house with an eye to the hot climate of central Texas. Operable windows, double-glazed with low-E coatings, provide cross ventilation. Sealed concrete floors on the lower level further the muted palate of the masonry, while wood floors and red cedar paneling on the second story add warmth. Skylights pull natural light deep into the home.


Additional Information

Completion date: September 2015

Gross square footage: $250/sf


Architect's firm name, address, phone, and fax number:

Matt Fajkus Architecture

900 East 6th Street, Suite 100, Austin, TX78702



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

Matt Fajkus, Principal Architect

Sarah Johnson, Project Manager & Design Architect

David Birt, Principal Architect


Architect of record:

Matt Fajkus


Interior designer:

Joel Mozersky Design


Structural engineer: 

Smith Structural Engineers


General contractor:

Brodie Builders



Allison Cartwright - Twist Tours, Charles Davis Smith, Bryant Hill, Matt Fajkus


Landscape consultant:

Open Envelope Studio





Structural System

Steel and wood

Exterior Cladding

Masonry: Ebony Ironspot Velour Modular Bricks containing recycled materials;


Metal panels: Flatlock Metal Panel for siding (PAC-CLAD Steel in Charcoal)

Wood: Western Red Cedar

Moisture barrier: DuPont Tyvek Home Wrap


Wood frame: Sierra Pacific Windows, Direct Glaze


Glass: Site-built

Skylights: Velux Fixed, Curb Mounted Skylights


Entrances: Entry (Custom Steel Pivot Door), Full-light Exterior Doors (Sierra Pacific)

Sliding doors: Living Room and Master Suite Multi-Slide (Sierra Pacific)

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom Cabinets by Creative Custom Cabinets

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams (Snowbound- SW7004, Naval- SW6244)

Solid surfacing:

Kitchen, Laundry, Guest Bath, Pool Bath - Caesarstone in London Grey 5000

Master Bath - Carrara Marble

Bedrooms - Caesarstone in Pure White 1141

Floor and wall tile:

Master Bath Shower Wall & Floor - Arto Hexagon Artillo Tile, 8x8, Sidewalk Grey

Jack/Jill Bath Walls and Floor - Popham, Backgammon, Thistle and Icicle

Guest Bath Floor and Shower Walls - American Universal Corp, TSG2100, 2" Unglazed Hex

Pool Bath and Pool Patio - Tesselle Honeycomb Hexagonal Cement Tile 8", Turquoise-Slate

Special interior finishes unique to this project:

First Floor - Sealed Concrete Floors

Second Floor (Interior and Exterior) - Cumaru (wood)


Interior ambient lighting: Entry - Roll and Hill Modo Sconce, Pendant, Smoked Glass/Black, Dining Room - Roll and Hill Modo Sconce, 3-Sided, Smoked Glass/Black, Powder Room - Roll and Hill Modo Sconce, 2-Globe, Smoked Glass/Black, Master Bath - Roll and Hill Modo Sconce, 2-Globe, Smoked Glass/Black, Guest Bath - Cedar and Moss Alto Pendant 12", Black/Opal, Pool Bath - Roll and Hill Modo Sconce, Pendant, Smoked Glass/Black

Exterior: Outdoor Sconces - Kichler, Outdoor Wall 1LT LED, 11251BKT, 12.25" H

Ceiling Fans: Big Ass Fans, Haiku 60"


Dishwasher: Thermador

Sink, faucet, toilet: Kohler