ISSUE 20  |  Greek Isles

Outbuilding of the Week: Travis Heights Arts Studio by Clayton and Little

May 23, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Presiding over a corner lot in the historic neighborhood of Travis Heights in Austin, Texas, a grand landmark Victorian house looks down with bemused pride at a new 500-square-foot structure, a combined art studio and garden shed designed by Clayton & Little Architects (members of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory). Gently hovering over a younger, more sassy and feisty version of herself, a southern matriarch presents her granddaughter, the belle of the block. 

Photography by Casey Dunn.

Above: In its geometry, proportions, and materials, the new art studio and garden shed recalls the southern historic precedents of its Victorian neighbor while looking modern at the same time. 

Above:  A small porch outside the entry references the porch of the main house while the columns of stacked windows mimic narrow Victorian windows.

Above: Wood shingles and siding with modern detailing take their cue from materials used in the main house. The siding has been painted with November Rain from Benjamin Moore and Aqua from One Shot.

Above: An outdoor shower was installed between the doors to the garden shed. Gutters under the standing seam metal roof collect rainwater for reuse. In our recent survey of Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory members for their favorite roof materials, standing seam metal came out as the winner. See Remodeling 101: Standing Seam Metal Roofs to learn why.  

Above: Large-scale artwork moves in and out of the art studio through a glazed garage door at the rear. 

Above: When the glazed garage door is raised, the studio becomes an indoor/outdoor room. 

Above: At night the matriarch and the southern belle are both busy with activity. 

Who doesn’t love a good outbuilding? See more in our catalog of Outbuildings, including a Retro ’60s Camper: Outdoor Bathhouse Included and a Sauna Box by Castor Design Studio. And on Remodelista, the outbuilding has wheels in On the Road: A Makeover for a Maine Bus.