Location: Austin, Texas

Project size: 1,930 square feet

Program: The clients, a young creative couple with two small children, wanted a modest house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and living spaces with strong connections to private outdoor areas. A masonry wall in front of the house forms a small courtyard, visually shielding front rooms from the street.

Solution: The house is a rectilinear stucco mass carved to shape light and space. Deep, shaded openings connect the interior and exterior, admitting abundant natural light to both levels. The ground level is an open room with an uninterrupted ceiling plane; partial height Douglas Fir cabinetry walls define individual spaces while maintaining a feeling of openness. Each room has its own access to an exterior deck and a clerestory window. A lightwell, placed at the center of the house, connects the two floors visually.

Construction and materials: The house is a wood framed structure clad in stucco. The structural frame is exposed at the porch in the rear.

Additional Information

Completion date: August 2018

Gross square footage: 1,930 square feet

Client: Nirav Patel and Carla Lanas



Murray Legge Architecture, Austin Texas, (512) 596 2933


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

Murray Legge, Lincoln Davidson, Travis Avery, Benjamin Kaplowitz, Luca Senise


Architect of record:

Murray Legge



Duffy Engineering


General contractor:

Green Places



Leonid Furmansky



Structural System

Stick Frame

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Simpson Ties and Hangers

Exterior Cladding

Masonry: La Habra Stucco

Metal/glass curtain wall: Custom Glass Window System and Weather Shield Manufactured units

Rainscreen: Stucco is configured as a rainscreen

Moisture barrier: Tyvek

Other cladding unique to this project: Stucco acts as a rainscreen using Delta Dry


Elastomeric: TPO

Metal: Paint Grip Standing Seam


Wood frame: Weather Shield Units - Aluminum Clad Wood


Skylights: Velux


Entrances: Custom door

Sliding doors: Weather Shield


Locksets: Omnia

Interior Finishes

Demountable partitions:

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Douglas Fir Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinetry by Owens Woodworking

Floor and wall tile: Wall tile in bathroom is Fire Clay


Interior ambient lighting: Custom Pendant over Kitchen Island, custom wall fixtures


Photovoltaic system: House was prewired for future PV array