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This Hillside Austin Home Combines Urban Openness with Relaxing Privacy

A steep hillside lot is barely considered the ideal spot for a contemporary home with a multi-level living space. But that is just what you get with the Rutherford Residence in Travis Heights, Austin as Merzbau Design Collective as the hillside area allows the homeowners to enjoy beautiful views of distant city skyline and also the greenery all around. To make space for the uneven terrain, the lowest level has been turned into parking with the first floor containing the living area, kitchen and dining space. The real ‘social zone’ in here actually sits outside with the sheltered patio offering a relaxing and spacious hangout.

Street facade of the Rutherford Residence in Travis Heights, Austin sitting on an uneven lot
Street facade of the Rutherford Residence in Travis Heights, Austin sitting on an uneven lot

The exterior staircase leading to the porch and the living area is placed next to a zig-zagging metal retaining wall and a curated landscape. The first floor with one of its living rooms extends outdoors on to the porch with ease while a second living space on the upper level along with bedrooms finds freshness thanks to the balconies outside. The rear section of the home feels much more open and inviting with a contemporary deck and pool area creating a lovely little backyard.

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Living area on the upper level with sliding glass doors leading to the covered balcony
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Open plan living area, dining space and kitchen of the modern Austin home
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Slim and stylish modern stairway with wooden treads and metallic mesh railing
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Spacious front porch on the main level with a relaxing vibe and view of Austin’s skyline

Large glass walls and sliding glass doors grace both the front and rear façade of the house and décor inside along with the neutral color scheme keep the style strictly modern. Cedar floors and white walls complete a home that fees cheerful and charming! [Photography: Brian Mhealsick / Brian Cole]

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Large central island inside the kitchen along with the breakfast zone stands in contrast to the lighter hues all around it
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Look at the lovely porch and bathroom of the Rutherford Residence in Austin
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View of the rear section of the fabulous Rutherford Residence in Austin, Texas with a contemporary deck and pool
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Contemporary bedroom of the home connected with the poch offers lovely green views

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