ISSUE 35  |  Hardworking Gardens

Steal This Look: A Silvery Blue Palette in Austin, TX

September 11, 2016 2:00 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

We love this sophisticated small home from Remodelista + Gardenista Architect/Designer Directory members Alterstudio Architecture, based in Austin. Architects Tim Whitehill and Kevin Alter shed some light on the materials they used for the facade, along with owner and contractor Richard White of Adobe Modern Homes.

Here, the elements to recreate the look:


Above: The house shows a modern but private face in a dense neighborhood.

Above: Board-formed concrete walls have the industrial look of concrete and the organic look of wood.


Above: Photograph via Stair Supplies.

The highly varied wood is called greenheart, or Brazilian teak and is available from specialty wood suppliers; for information and prices, see  Stair Supplies.


Above: Photograph via Benjamin Moore.

The painted blue door is a slim door used for ventilation in the family room. The house’s front door is off to the right. Approximate the color with Benjamin Moore’s Jade Garden.


Above: Neutra House Numbers in aluminum are $27 each from Design Within Reach. Here, the house numbers were installed on a steel plate using pegs, and the plate was inset into the concrete.


Above: A cloud-pruned Blue Atlas Cedar is in in a gold-glazed pot at the edge of the porch. A smaller glazed version is a Rosanah Planter (shown); 12.5 inches high and $53 from Silver Nest. We also found a large glazed ceramic planter at Olde Good Things.

For more looks to steal, see Steal This Look: The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen.

N.B.: This is an update of a post published on December 23, 2014.