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Modern Home With Carport Built Around Live Oak Tree

August 04, 2016

This two-story modern home is clad in both white stucco and knotty wood siding. The deck of the home was built around an existing live oak tree. The designers extended the home's carport to protect the family's prized classic automobiles.

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Photo: Brain Mihealsick. From: Matt Fajkus Architecture.

Modern House with Car Port

The homeowners needed a safe space to store their collector's edition cars, so designers extended a modern car port to provide shelter from the elements for the family's prized possessions.

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Photo: Brain Mihealsick. From: Matt Fajkus Architecture.

Live Oak Tree is Center for Austin Home Design

Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the Tree House design. The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.

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Photo: Brain Mihealsick. From: Matt Fajkus Architecture.

Stucco and Cedar Planking Give Modern Home's Exterior the Appearance of Sophistication and Restraint

Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces. The upper story is clad in stucco, articulated as a floating white box, light in appearance and also acting as a veritable “tree house” for the children’s bedroom zone. The knots in the exposed portion of the wood add a desired texture and contrast to the clean and minimal massing of the white stucco.

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Photo: Allison Cartwright Twist Tours. From: Matt Fajkus Architecture.

Deck Built to Incorporate Live Oak Tree Into Home's Modern Design

In the middle of this Austin, Texas lot stands a live oak tree. Instead of tearing it down, designers decided to incorporate it into the design of the house, allowing it to be a focal point for the construction of this home. To include it as part of the living space, designers built a deck around the tree, giving shade to the house and the sitting area that rests around the tree's trunk.

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