MOD­ERN CHARM

A BOULDIN CREEK BUN­GA­LOW ON THE PRESER­VA­TION HOMES TOUR TAKES ON SPACE WITH­OUT LOS­ING ITS CHAR­AC­TER.

Austin Way - - CONTENTS - BY CHUCK ANSBACHER

A Bouldin Creek bun­ga­low on Preser­va­tion Austin’s His­toric Homes Tour takes on space with­out los­ing its char­ac­ter.

With their charm, lo­ca­tion, and unique foot­prints, the 1930s bun­ga­lows in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neigh­bor­hood are some of the most soughtafter real es­tate in the city. But they’re not with­out their chal­lenges, as ar­chi­tect

El­iz­a­beth Baird knows well.

“They’re great and have a lot of char­ac­ter,” says Baird, who has worked on a num­ber of bun­ga­lows in the area, “but they’re kind of dark, the rooms and clos­ets are small, and a lot of them don’t have much con­nec­tion to the out­doors.” One of her re­cent projects, 907 West An­nie for home­owner Ge­or­gia Keith, will be fea­tured April 29 on Preser­va­tion Austin’s 25th an­nual His­toric Homes Tour. “She loved the house and just wanted to cel­e­brate it and make it a lit­tle more mod­ern,” ex­plains Baird.

A 300-square-foot master suite and sit­ting room ad­di­tion on the back of the house brought the to­tal square footage to 1,300, and open­ing ac­cess to the back­yard. A wood-tiled demi-wall in the room caters to Keith’s love of art. Other changes in­clude ex­pos­ing and paint­ing the orig­i­nal shiplap, re­mov­ing a wall between the din­ing room and kitchen, and an out­door shower off of the master bath. “Noth­ing feels too pre­cious,” says Baird. “It feels lived in and mod­ern but not too slick. It has char­ac­ter.” April 29; preser­va­tionaustin.org.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: This An­nie Street Crafts­man home is part of the ŏ%ouldin Yearsōthemed His­toric Homes Tour by 3reser­va­tion Austin; ar­chi­tect (li]abeth %aird up­dated the co]y kitchen; a demi-wall sep­a­rates the bed­room from the sit­ting area; the home, built in by an el­e­va­tor op­er­a­tor, fea­tures shiplapped walls and orig­i­nal floors.

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