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: 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.