This 1955 residence in the Zilker neighborhood was rescued by an insightful, young family looking to restore/renovate the home to fit their modern lifestyle, but intentionally maintain the vintage vibe.

Project name: Bluebonnet Remodel
Studio Name: Dick Clark + Associates
Project size: 2799 ft2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 1
Location: Austin, United States
Photography: Jake Holt

5074 Bluebonnet Remodel by Dick Clark + Associates: Sheet: 1
Dinnig View ©Jake Holt

A 1980s remodel left the house feeling cramped and heavy, but after finding the original blueprints (by mid-century architect Leonard Lundgren) the initial design intent inspired the renovation. Relocating space opened up the kitchen and greatroom, while refurbishing the limestone walls, the high triangular windows and updating the wooden bedroom panels have enhanced the original personality of the house.

5074 Bluebonnet Remodel by Dick Clark + Associates: Sheet 2
Bedroom ©Jake Holt

But it’s the back wall, an alternate scheme for the original design, that shines with new sliding doors sewn between the existing columns – creating a new indoor/outdoor connection and giving the house a fresh, modern feel.

5074 Bluebonnet Remodel by Dick Clark + Associates: Sheet 3
Living Room ©Jake Holt

Carefully stitching old and new, this historic property has been given the renovation it deserves – providing the home another happy 65 years of life.


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