Transparent walls and Japanese design cues define this renovated home in an Austin suburb.
The home’s location was ideal: off a secluded street, on an oak-shaded property, with a wide-open, fabulous view of Lake Austin and the surrounding hills. But the home’s appearance was less so: a dated brick-and-stucco exterior with heavy masonry porches, and inside, tightly packed rooms that divided rather than unified.
Owner Jiro Okoshi brought his Japanese-American heritage (his ancestors were in the samurai class), Kim Okoshi brought her passion for modern design, and together with Clark Richardson Architects, they transformed the place into a home worthy of its view.
The team focused on interior modifications, blasting through load-bearing walls and replacing them with steel beams in order to open up what architect Ed Richardson calls “interior void spaces.”
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