December 6, 2022


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Tour the Full Undertaking Home in Austin!

 A whole have a look at how the mid century parts on this new construct come collectively to create a nod to the previous.

Undertaking Home Austin is full and able to tour. Learn on to see extra!  

Authentic architectural rendering

After an unimaginable 12 months of creativity and collaboration, designer Christine Turknett of Breathe Design Studio, builder Michael Wray, proprietor and founding father of MidCentury Communities, together with our Atomic Ranch crew and sponsors, constructed and furnished a brand new mid-century-inspired dwelling in Austin, Texas.

“Having been in numerous Mid Century Fashionable houses throughout the nation’s largest mod hotspots, there’s this distinctive air that fills these outdated houses—the floorplan, the area planning, the best way you’re meant to maneuver by the home,” says Jickie Torres, editor of Atomic Ranch. “Michael and Christine captured that, managing to govern the area and scale to usher in that intimate and particular feeling of an genuine mid century area.”

Project House Austin mudroom
The mudroom combines trendy design with useful storage. Christine color-blocked the bench space with the identical coloration as she used for the butler’s pantry cupboards and introduced in Eichler Siding for a contact of heat and texture. The big, mint storage cupboard lightens the area. Brass {hardware} from Emtek pops with an elegant, however utilitarian, really feel.

Genuine Touches

Michael studied Palm Springs structure to assist encourage the design of this challenge. 

“Anshen and Allen and Cliff Could had been essentially the most influential on this new construct,” he says. 

He pulled from their design concepts to create this post-and-beam construction that options greater than 70 home windows and timber membranes. The lounge, for instance, has an expansive wall of home windows that look out onto the pool. 

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fireplace tile surround Project House Austin living room
Selecting a three-dimensional, floor-to-ceiling matte-blue tile, Christine made the hearth the point of interest of the principle lounge. “Initially, we weren’t going to increase the tile to the entire wall. It was going to be a rectangle to the ceiling, however I didn’t wish to have drywall.” In doing so, an arrow was inadvertently created; it attracts your eye as much as the Eichler Siding paneling and black beams on the ceiling. “It was a good way to emphasise the ceiling peak,” Christine factors out. The Lumens chandelier is a captivating replace on a basic Sputnik model.

“In most houses, you get a ‘vertical portrait’ look, however on this home, you get a panorama look with a large view,” Michael factors out. 

The Undertaking Home sponsors performed an enormous function in giving the house a mid century really feel: “The sponsors had been actually nice to select from,” Christine says. “I’m so grateful for all the attractive merchandise they supplied us. It compelled me to push my boundaries and allowed me to incorporate issues I by no means would have thought to.”

exterior of complete Project House Austin
The Cliff Could ranchos impressed Michael’s structural design for the casita. The roof offers an overhang for the entrance patio through a pure pine tongue-and-groove ceiling. “I like the distinction between the black and pure pine,” Michael says. “It offers it a particular look.”

A Distinctive Vibe in Undertaking Home Austin

The house combines retro options with Bauhaus motion and Scandinavian touches, so it isn’t a typical MCM dwelling. 

Though the casita paid homage to a basic mid century coloration palette and interval furnishings, Christine wished to change it up in the principle home and cater to more-modern preferences. 

Project House Austin casita kitchen
Christine balanced the casita’s white kitchen with robin’s-egg blue home equipment from Elmira Range Works. “The basic, white slab cupboards permit the home equipment to be the celebrities of the present,” Michael factors out. Their retro blue coloration and magnificence complement the customized backsplash tiles. Kardiel furnishings within the residing area is completely scaled and is brilliant and enjoyable, with unimaginable particulars that pop with out overwhelming the area.

“Certainly one of my favourite qualities of our design that I can’t assist however love is to make areas which might be calming,” she says. “So, that drove numerous the colour palette, textures and furnishings decisions. It ‘softened up’ MCM, and that’s not usually what folks affiliate with that interval. However consolation is what folks need in a house.”

The outside has its distinctive options as nicely: “More often than not, you set a home on high of a hill, however we created a number of elevation drops so the home units into the hill,” Michael explains. “It makes it unassuming and provides it a classy class. The positioning can also be distinctive, with its 180-degree views of Bee Creek Canyon on Lake Travis. While you get a horizon line you may mimic with the house, itself, you may create a mid-century-inspired dwelling that’s actually particular.” 

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dark blue cabinets wine fridge and desk in Project House Austin
The butler’s pantry in the principle home is an instance of the place Christine went daring together with her use of coloration. The area has a number of capabilities, together with storage, a desk/examine space and a bar space. “I wished it to be moody in there, however it’s a reasonably large area, so I didn’t need it to be all blue cupboards,” Christine explains. Daring {hardware} from Emtek provides a good-looking element. The white counter tops from architectural surfaces break up the blue for a impartial floor to work on.
butlers pantry mint cabinets and colorful geometric tile Project House Austin
Christine integrated a pop of mint within the bar space to offer the principle home some brilliant and ethereal areas, whereas the open cabinets show useful décor items that add coloration and texture. The architectural surfaces counter tops are the identical end as is used for the remainder of the kitchen counter tops. The lavatory subsequent to it has a daring design, with beige-and-yellow tiles on each the ground and the partitions. The tiles all have the identical form, however they had been put in to appear like two totally different patterns.

Maintain it Cohesive

With such a big dwelling and a need to convey new concepts to gentle with every area, it was a problem to maintain the theme cohesive.

“All of the rooms have totally different identities to make them memorable,” Christine factors out. “However with so many alternative rooms that we wished to make distinctive, I nonetheless wished continuity with coloration, texture, sample, wooden tone and silhouettes and to ensure the whole lot was balanced all through the areas.”

Project House Austin open concept living room
The Kardiel furnishings allowed Christine to combine impartial items with colourful accents. “I wished so as to add coloration in the principle home that wasn’t mcm-inspired. I like blues and pinks, however the espresso desk is my favourite piece. Whereas it jogs my memory of a retro piece, I selected an oak end fairly than walnut or teak.” The expansive Ply Gem home windows look out onto the pool space and supply a gorgeous and pure out of doors backdrop. The stylish Flor rug provides a large-scale sample that’s good for this open-plan area.

The casita is the place Christine actually performed up the retro theme: She selected frequent MCM colours corresponding to yellow, robin’s egg blue and orange. The furnishings and décor all pay homage to mid-century model. Nonetheless, in the principle home, she took inventive liberties and combined in Scandinavian influences with trendy enchantment and included colours corresponding to pink and blue. However, each area was rooted within the love of genuine retro design, with clear traces, basic motifs and timeless architectural options. “I integrated well-known motifs however wished to rethink them within the context of a brand new construct,” she explains. 

Increasing MCM

One of many targets of Undertaking Home Austin was to convey mid-century design to folks in a brand new manner. 

“Some folks would possibly see it as a contradiction to have a brand new MCM dwelling, however there’s worth in beginning conversations and experimenting with new concepts,” says Christine. “I wished it to be an expertise for folks, and I didn’t play it secure.”

home office Project House Austin
As a result of the workplace consists principally of wooden accents and white partitions, the dark-navy Flor rug helps floor the area. Key items, such because the Kardiel desk and bookshelf, maintain the area organized and provides it an MCM really feel. “I wished to maintain it easy and never overpack the room,” Christine says. “As a result of Austin is a live-music capital, I wished it to be a ‘funky’ area that performs off of that informal rock music, classic vibe.” Pocket doorways from Woodgrain don a chic and placing trendy design that makes a memorable impression on this room.

One other purpose was to convey MCM design to extra folks: “Having new houses inbuilt our beloved Mid Century Fashionable manner offers extra folks an entry level,” Jickie Torres explains. “It’s entry for many who don’t dwell in areas the place they’ll discover an genuine one or the place their wants and/or funds simply don’t match right into a historic dwelling. As advocates of modernist model, we assist and encourage new builds designed within the vein and spirit of MCM as methods of preserving and celebrating MCM historical past.” 

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media room in Project House Austin
As a result of the principle residing area doesn’t have a tv, the design crew made the media room the go-to hangout spot. “It’s a film room for the children to play in,” says Christine. “I designed it to be enjoyable and retro however nonetheless clear and brilliant.” The ceiling fan from Matthews Fan Firm provides heat wooden to the area to stability out the colourful accents. The furnishings from Valyou is cozy and stylish and has all the suitable MCM hallmarks. But, it’s sturdy for a heavy-use room. Black-and-white paintings from Marmont Hill through Houzz provides an lively contact.
Project House Austin kids bedroom green and white abstract wallpaper
The mint-colored wallpaper from Abnormals Nameless impressed the whimsical look of the youngsters’s room. “I cherished the concept that it may very well be gender-neutral for individuals who need their children to have the ability to develop into the area,” Christine says. The youngsters’s furnishings by Nico & Yeye makes an impression. Handmade and completely trendy, each bit is vibrant and useful.
Project House kid's bathroom geometric tile
The youngsters’s toilet balances refined, darkish cupboards with a enjoyable, colourful tile sample. “We pulled the identical wooden colours from the first toilet,” says Christine. “The tile has a cool, MCM motif to maintain it enjoyable and lightweight.”

Project House kid's bathroom geometric tile

Project House Austin bathroom blue tile
To create a twist on a retro look, Christine used vintage-inspired blue-and-white tiles from B&W Tile within the casita toilet. “In genuine MCM houses, you see tile as much as a sure level on a wall after which white above it,” Christine factors out. “I wished to maintain that very same color-blocking and do it with floor-to-ceiling tiles.”
Project House Austin laundry room
The unique designs for the laundry room included white partitions, however Christine determined this area wanted a much bigger pop of teal to enhance the ground tile. “Laundry rooms are usually not folks’s favourite area within the dwelling. Nonetheless, as a result of it’s important to spend time in there, you need it to have character and have it cheer you up.”
Project House Austin master bedroom with platform bed and large windows
Major bedrooms provide a chance to create a calming sanctuary that may assist relieve every day stresses. “It may possibly exist in a vacuum on a sure stage as a result of it’s a non-public area, so this room is extra delicate,” Christine says. “I wished it basic, clear and timeless so it wouldn’t compete with the views.” The pendant lights from Lumens provide a dramatic impact hanging from the excessive ceiling, and so they additionally usher in a little bit of coloration. The Flag Halyard-inspired chair from Kardiel provides tons of nice texture. The golden Flor rug lightens the vibe with its delicate geometric sample and glowing coloration.
Project House Austin master bathroom floating cabinet
Floating cupboards comprise a novel and modern characteristic within the major toilet. “Most loos in retro houses aren’t that huge, so we had a chance to run with it and see what would occur,” Christine explains. The darkish stain warms up the area, and the in-mount taps give it a customized look. Grey-and-white tiles add sample with out getting extreme with coloration. “I wished it to really feel like an extension of the bed room,” Christine says. Edge pull {hardware} from Emtek retains the look modern and chic.
master bathroom with freestanding tub and walk-in shower
The soaking tub and bathe portion of the first toilet is spacious, with wall-to-ceiling grey kit-kat tile that contrasts the retro, pale-jade penny tile flooring. The minimalist look is soothing, however it nonetheless has textural curiosity.“It’s essentially the most enjoyable area in the entire home,” says Christine. “We wished to make it like a spa.”
bathroom black and white decor Project House Austin
The visitor toilet tile is a play on conventional subway tile. “The perimeters are rounded, and we had been in a position to set up them in an attention-grabbing configuration that enables the form to be the point of interest,” Christine factors out. The darkish self-importance performs off the dark-gray flecks within the terrazzo bathe flooring and emulates the moodiness of the visitor room.
exterior entry with planters
Eichler Siding flanks the entrance entrance of the house as a textured characteristic wall, including one more genuine contact to this construct. Together with the tongue-and-groove pine soffit, the pure wooden supplies assist the dark-teal door from Escon Doorways stand out.
entryway with blue door in Project House Austin
The dark-teal entrance door from Escon Doorways welcomes friends into the entryway of the house, and the Eichler Siding accentuates the excessive ceilings. “It’s extra refined than beams and provides the ceiling extra character,” Christine factors out. “I wished to get inventive with the appliance of the Eichler Siding, and it was my answer to raise the look of ordinary beams.” The retro MCM motif within the Flor rug balances the Bauhaus motion shapes within the overhead gentle fixture, offering a novel mixture of types. A Lumens chandelier punctuates the area with two-toned element.

Project House Austin master bedroom

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Searching for extra MCM inspiration? Tour Undertaking Home Austin’s casita right here. And study extra about Undertaking Home designer Christine Turknett’s design philosophy right here. Don’t neglect to observe us on Instagram, Fb and Pinterest for extra Atomic Ranch articles and concepts!