A 1955 home is brightened up and reimagined by Austin-based Lemmo Architecture and Design.
After a year of searching, San Francisco transplants Liz Armistead and Bill Broome found their dream home—a 1,400-square-foot ranch house in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood. The residence was outdated, but the 400-year-old live oak tree on the back of the property was just too enticing to pass up. They fell in love with its potential and reached out to Stephanie and Ryan Lemmo, the principals of Lemmo Architecture and Design, for a full remodel and contemporary master suite addition.
“The house was in pretty good shape and had been renovated not too long ago, but was very dark and closed off,” Ryan Lemmo explains. “The spaces were chopped up, there was no real master bedroom, and they had few closets and little natural light.”
For the homeowners, it was all about being able to live in their very own oasis—one that was light, bright, and airy and that provided shelter from the sweltering Texas summers. Thus, they also requested a pool inspired by their favorite Austin hangout: Hotel San Jose.
The first task the husband-and-wife architects tackled was the lack of natural light. They added more windows and removed the grey paint covering the entire interior, replacing it with a clean and crisp white.
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