An undeveloped 5 acre lot had been a gathering place for the client’s family since the 1970’s. This beautiful lakefront oasis, known affectionately as The Narrows, lies just a few miles outside of downtown Austin.

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Project Name: Lake Austin Cabin
Studio Name: Black Rabbit
Location: Austin, United States
Photography: Leonid Furmansky
Project size: 480 ft2
Site size: 217800 ft2
Completion date: 2013
Building levels: 1

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Living Room ©Leonid Furmansky

The owners insisted on a simple, humble, yet unique cabin to host their family gatherings and quiet weekend retreats.

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Courtyard ©Leonid Furmansky

This small cabin, nicknamed ‘Cousin Cabana’, needed to host multiple programs in a small space while maintaining a sense of openness. Only 480 sf, the cabin features a combined kitchen-living-dining room adjacent to a wood deck.

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Bathroom ©Leonid Furmansky

We chose natural materials and methods that would be maintenance-free for years including an ipe wood rainscreen siding, custom floor-to-ceiling face-glazed steel windows and board-formed concrete planters.

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