A typical 1960s ranch home was brought into 21st century in both form and function while still fitting in with the surrounding old Austin neighborhood.  Before and after photos of this remodeled home reveal how one dramatic exterior gesture can transform a formerly straightforward façade. Without expanding the home’s footprint, a cluster of dark and gloomy rooms with no connection to the outdoors was redesigned to create a modern and open living space complemented by comfortably sized bed, bath and work rooms.

In the living room, preserved front yard trees along with a raised roof, deep overhangs and enlarged north facing windows provide deep or dappled shade depending on the season as well as an abundance of glare-free natural daylighting. The extension of white oak from the ceiling and interior wall to the north-facing porch brings the outdoors inside.

The architect and builder team also improved upon the comfort and energy efficiency of this typically built mid-century home. Their investigations revealed that the attic was colder above than in the home below, aluminum windows and doors were leaking both air and water, kitchen cabinets were open to the attic and deteriorating exterior walls had no insulation. The newly improved thermal envelope combined with an energy-efficient heat pump and mini-split result in a more comfortable and healthier home.

The completed remodel inspired the owners to purchase an electric vehicle. With a rebate from Austin Energy, they installed a charging station in the downstairs garage.

Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture
Alan K. Barley, AIA and Peter L. Pfeiffer, FAIA

Ray Tonjes Builder
Ray Tonjes

Steinman Luevano Structures
Richard Luevano, PE
512.891.6766 x302

Brazos Forest Products
Shane Robinson

Air Rite By Design
Gilbert Rosipal

Austin Energy Program Participant
4-star Austin Energy Green Building rating
Electric vehicle charging station rebate