The 1917 Bungalow is one in a series of homes located in Austin’s old Clarksville district, whose first owners were freed slaves. The major challenge with the renovation was organizing the long, narrow plot and taking into account the historic neighborhood, the architect said. The length of the site was used to push the entrance to the side of the house, at the point where the old structure meets the extension.
The addition was designed as a long, simple volume that contains the kitchen and living rooms. Large floor-to-ceiling windows open towards the courtyard with a new pool and two prominent oak trees. The white interior walls are decorated with vibrant Latin American art and shelter spaces bathed in natural light.