This midcentury home in Austin received a light-filled renovation that celebrates the period in which it was originally constructed.

The renovation literally raised the roof, increasing the interior ceiling height and allowing for the addition of clerestory windows.

When Austin–based firm Matt Fajkus Architecture was tasked with renovating this classic midcentury home, they sought to open up the interior—not only by unifying the common areas into an open-plan layout, but also by literally raising the home’s roof.  

This strategy increased the ceiling height on three sides of the home, allowing for the insertion of clerestory windows to create a bright and airy open living space. “The raised ceiling maintains the original pitched roof geometry to stay harmonious with the existing gabled roof in the private zone,” explain the architects in a statement. 

Additional updates include extending the back of the home to increase its square footage and add patio space. The residence was originally a one-bedroom home, so the architects also added an additional bedroom with an ensuite bath, and they opened the master bedroom to the backyard via sliding doors.

Before: The Facade 

The original brick facade had very few windows, making for dark interiors.

The original brick facade had very few windows, making for dark interiors. 

Photo: Matt Fajkus Architecture

After: The Facade

The renovation literally raised the roof, increasing the interior ceiling height and allowing for the addition of clerestory windows.

The renovation literally raised the roof, increasing the interior ceiling height and allowing for the addition of clerestory windows.

Charles Davis Smith

Before: The Kitchen

The kitchen had been updated, but it was dark and cramped.

The kitchen had been updated, but it was dark and cramped. 

Photo: Matt Fajkus Architecture

See the full story on Dwell.com: Before & After: An Austin Midcentury Home Gets a Roof-Raising Renovation

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