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Hemlock Ave. House in East Austin

July 13, 2020

Hemlock Ave. House in Austin

Architecture: Chioco Design

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

Jamie Chioco, principal at Chioco Design in Austin, Texas had the opportunity to design he and his wife’s personal residence. Hemlock Ave. House was completed in 2019, the two-bedroom home is located in the East Austin neighborhood of Cherrywood.

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

Chioco, who has owned the property for sixteen years had lived in a 1950’s house typical to the neighborhood and in 2017 decided to start from scratch. The couple decided to relocate the 750 square foot home to a new location about two miles away. Afterall, it was a perfectly good house that didn’t need to go to the landfill.

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

Designing one’s personal home proved to be an interesting process. After all those years of living on the property it was easier to assess the site. Ultimately, it was this deeper understanding of what the program needed to include that made for a successful design.

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

Orientation, public vs. private topics, scale and proportion had all been considered for years. The inadequacies of the previous home made the decisions for the new home very apparent. Natural light, open living areas and the need to relate to the site were the priorities.

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The home features four custom fabricated fourteen-foot-tall corner windows. These windows maximize the views out into the landscape and through the house. Adding to that and natural light levels are four sets of wood sliding doors made by Quantum. The plan is essentially two overlapping rectangles that meet and connect in the corners (ref. plan drawing).

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At this connection is the main entry through two sets of the sliding doors. Instead of entering at the front façade Chioco wanted to approach the entrance through a private courtyard. The “front” door is actually situated in the center of the home. Upon approach, the transparency of the sliding door systems reveals a layered effect through the house an into the back yard and pool area.

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The materials are kept simple and edited. The exterior facades are entirely of a warm beige modular brick with the exception of the Ipe screen walls that enclose the entry courtyard and the western red cedar on the storage room at the rear most part of the home. Ground concrete floors throughout help to blur the lines from inside to out.

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

All the millwork and wall panels are of vertical grain White Oak. White marble was used for countertops, backsplashes and as a major element in the Master bathroom and walk-in shower. There are also some tile accents in the mix at the kitchen and bathrooms.

Hemlock Ave House East Austin Texas

At just under 2000 square feet the home feels and lives much larger due to thoughtful planning. The entry courtyard and the covered patio and pool are perceived as extensions of the interior spaces, creating outdoor rooms. When the Austin weather permits, the entire home can open up making for a true unencumbered indoor-outdoor experience.

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Architect: Chioco Design

Images: Casey Dunn

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