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Renovation Brings Energy-Efficient Modernity to this 1950’s Texas Home

Classic homes have their own unique appeal that is undeniable and all they need at times is a hint of modernity to turn them into more efficient and eco-friendly contemporary residences. Originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and architect in the 1950’s, the Balcones Residence in Austin, Texas was given dashing new makeover by Clayton & Little. The grand home sitting on a gently sloping hillside offers lovely views of the neighborhood even as its view for a distance instantly grabs your attention. Nestled on Balcones Drive, the exterior of this midcentury home was altered and brick walls along with a curated garden now welcome you into the spacious living area.

1950’s Texas home renovated with midcentury modern style

Redefining the floor plan of the house and adding clerestory windows to the living area and the family room opens up the interior and gives it a more cheerful and light-filled appeal. An open-air garden on the outside with brick walls also becomes a part of the living room visual thanks to the use of sliding glass doors. Even the kitchen and the dining area have been extensively altered as new honed-quartzite countertops, white cabinetry and cork flooring completely alter the ambiance in here.

Brick walls and a new facade welcome you at the Balcones Residence
Brick walls and revamped entrance welcome you at this gorgeous Austin home
Eames Lounger in the living room accentuates the appeal of the living space
Smart use of Clerestory windows in the living and family rooms improves the ventilation indoors
Revamped kitchens with honed-quartzite countertops, white cabinetry and cork flooring
Windows bring natural light into the spacious kitchen with cork floors
Brick walls give a modern-classic appeal to the light-filled dining room

The true highlight of the renovation though is the extensive way in which the insulation has been improved across the residence, making it much more energy-efficient. Also cutting back on power bills are the new photovoltaic panels on top of the carport and guesthouse that generate ample green energy. Smart, sensible and planet-friendly, this is a renovation that ticks every box! [Photography: Nick Simonite]

Keeping the decor inside the home office simple and elegant
Bedroom walls draped in wood present a picture of opulence and midcentury modern appeal
Sheltered outdoor spaces and pool area at the revamped home in Austin
Fabulous Texas home sits atop a sloping hillside and offers fabulous views of the neighborhood
Contemporary makeover of 1950’s residence on Balcones Drive in Austin, Texas
Carport and entry at the Balcones Residence

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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