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Bouldin's Best - Retreat in the City
Making Modern Home wrapped up this architecturally stunning new home located in Austin's premier, walkable Bouldin neighborhood. We designed and directed the project as a spec build (for loyal, repeat investor clients) to deliver custom design & quality without the wait. We were there from land acquisition, through design, building, staging, detailing, and now listing! It's now offered at 1.6 million for 2,843 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3 living areas, and 1 car garage (with 2 non-tandem parking spaces). The sunlight filled main floor master bedroom and spacious greatroom overlook lush greenery and a tranquil creek setting though expansive windows. The timeless kitchen boasts Thermador appliances, walnut cabinetry, walk-in pantry, & marble. Upgrades include level 5 smooth drywall, full prewire, stone hearth modern linear fireplace, an Ipe deck, covered patio & custom steel Durango front door. The dining room is a jewel box with 3 sides of glass and a walnut ceiling. See 605south3rdstreet.com for 360Walkthrough. We are thankful for Co-Sci Construction's quality build, JHArchitecture's fantastic services - what an exterior!, Elite Austin's staging, and Twisttours for the wonderful photos. Great Job Team! Onto the next one :) SOLD - listed by Dana Ambs through Stepstone Realty LLC (Broker).
Stands Above the Rest - New Eastside Construction
More info coming soon. NEW CONSTRUCTION in East Austin - Designed and developed by Making Modern Home for FireFighters Buy Houses/Loved American Homes with JH Architecture. Built with Co-Sci. Staged by Elite Austin. FOR SALE! More like this one in the works!
Mistletoe Cottage - New AirBnb in San Antonio!
Making Modern Home’s latest adventure. We bought, restored, and designed this 1920s cottage near the Pearl in San Antonio. It’s the perfect AirBnb with it’s 4 bedrooms and the new bathroom! You can stay here - bookings are filling up though! Let me know if interested. One of the main features of this bungalow was the brick we added in the bathroom and kitchen to tie in with the existing fireplace! It really adds to the patina of this charming sun-filled home. We enjoyed hand selecting every item for this home over the past year. More info and before pictures coming soon!
Hyde Park Expansion!
If you like the remodel of the exterior of this Hyde Park bungalow, you will be blown away by the volumious interior! Working as the real estate consultant, interior/exterior designer and Realtor for this home, Making Modern Home directed the expansion of this cottage to accommodate a new master suite, a loft, and a vaulted great room. We were working on a tight budget, but managed to achieve a high end look by detailing the windows, stacking stock cabinets for a custom look, and selecting a palette of warm and cool tones. We were so happy with the wonderful staging by Elite Austin. Ochona Architecture figured out the best way to maximize the loft! This project took a long time and there were multiple challenges with the contractor and city, but when it was finally finished, we were pleased with how the spacious, appointed modern interior blended with the newly restored classic bungalow exterior.
Expert East Austin ADU New Build
More info coming soon. This is an Accessory Dwelling Unit ADU - and it’s only 1,008 Square Feet. NEW CONSTRUCTION in East Austin - Designed and developed by Making Modern Home for FireFighters Buy Houses/Loved American Homes with JH Architecture. Built with Co-Sci. Staged by Elite Austin. FOR SALE! More like this one in the works! CONTACT ME FORE MORE INFO!
Peaceful Eastside MidCentury Modern Retreat
Making Modern Home just completed the remodel of this 1960s mid-century ranch! We can’t wait to share more about this super successful investment and design. Owned, remodeled, designed, and listed by Dana Ambs of Making Modern Home. More information on Instagram and the blog. Contact us for purchase inquiries and real estate strategies like this one.
Latest project by Making Modern Home! After owning this home for 3 years, it was time to make it shine. We fully remodeled this one, staged it, and now it’s for sale (listed by me - Dana Ambs through Stepstone Realty LLC). Make this yours! Contact me for more info. More sources and details to come on the blog and instagram. This was a fantastic investment and we would appreciate the opportunity to share with you how successful real estate investment with Making Modern Home can be.
Holly 1920's Bungalow - Best of Old and New
This is a 2016 Making Modern Home project - from real estate strategy, to interior and exterior design, project management, and detailing! The appealing design made the house SELL for well over any comparable property. A 1920's bungalow in the incredible Holly neighborhood of East Austin, loved, restored, and enlarged! We kept the original bungalow complete with its sweet front porch detailing, dark wood interior trim, original brick flue (uncovered during demolition), and archway. After doubling the size of the old home with a modern addition, we complimented the cottage charm with a modern white palette, gold fixtures, Spanish tile, modern metal railings, new dark windows, pecan floating shelves, and gray oak floors. The results are spectacular. The new great room, kitchen, loft and master bedroom/ athroom enhance the vintage living room and dining room of the 1920's bungalow. The investor group on this flip/addition is thrilled with Making Modern Home's innovative take on this classic and we are currently the co-listing agent on this. Let me know if you want more details on a design/build collaboration or to make an offer! 512.777.1234. Our favorite features are the cement tile (actually a much more value priced option), the black hex tile, the gold lighting, all the sunlight, the original wood work, the curb appeal (thanks to our simple landscape design the compliments the classic bungalow features), and of course the floor plan! It's a real challenge to add a 2 story addition to a 1 story home, but I think we struck the right balance here! Oh, and the staging - Thanks to Elite for an awesome job as always! Also, thanks to Co-Sci Construction - what a great job executing the vision for this gem! Enjoy!
Rare 1930 East Austin Bungalow REVEALED
Making Modern Home completed this incredible remodel of this rare 1930 East Austin bungalow. As the owner/developer/designer/realtor, and working with Co-Sci Construction and Elite Austin staging, we couldn't be more pleased with this incredible transformation. The original dark wood work trim was restored and cleverly added in new areas. We vaulted ceilings, added walnut floors, Spanish tile, new windows, and a good dose of shiplap saved from the house. We added second bathroom and it's complete with amazing banana leaf wallpaper. More info coming soon! It's not like anything else in Austin right now. This house was "tear down", but unlike other developers, Making Modern Home had to save this amazing property. Call me for more info 512.777.1234
Accessory Dwelling Unit - Alley House in Hyde Park
Whether you call them Granny Flats, Guest Houses, ADUs, Accessory Dwelling Units, Site Condos, Alley Houses, B-Units, or Back Houses, they are all the rage in Austin right now! They are limited to 1,100 square feet or smaller - this one is just 990 square feet! ADUs are one of the few ways we can add more housing units in the central Austin core. Making Modern Home has extensive knowledge with designing, building, and even financing ADUs. There are a lot of restrictions with the city. If you are looking to buy the right property where you can build an ADU or if you are looking for one to buy finished/in progess, I know of a lot coming up soon! This ADU (that we designed with Ochona Architecture) in Hyde Park flew off the market day 1! Buyers liked the innovative upstairs living area with vaulted ceilings and plenty of light. The investors were so pleased with the outcome that we have 12 more projects going right now! Stay tuned.
East Austin Bold Modern Urban Duplex
Just completed in 2018, this modern loft like luxury duplex was co-developed with Making Modern Home, Ochona Architecture, and Avery Building Company. Listed by Stepstone Realty with me as the agent. We strategically crafted the design of duplex for maximum privacy and resale with large private yards and distinct architectural styles between each unit. This unit includes custom walnut cabinetry and premium metal work. The investor is so pleased, that we have many more projects in the works currently. 3 beds, 1 office, 2.5 bathrooms, 1 car garage listed at $515,000. PENDING. Staging by Susannah Blanton.
Modern Minimal Farmhouse with a Surprise
This duplex provided Making Modern Home an opportunity to create two different environments to appeal to different buyers and win out over the competition. The modern urban side can be seen here. This side is more of a modern farmhouse style. The cement Spanish hex tile from Clay Imports steals the show! The bold teal color and graphic pattern perfectly anchor the gray kitchen. Walnut and warm wood accents and thoughtful windows add interest to the space. This unit sold immediately once listed by me through Stepstone Realty and the investor/builder/owner Avery Building Company is so thrilled with the results we have many more projects coming soon. Thank you Ochona for the architecture services and permitting. Staging by Blanton Design and photos by Twisttours.
BRAND NEW - EAST AUSTIN Modern Cottage\
Incredible New Build with so much character. SOLD! Making Modern Home partnered with the developers as lead Project Designer and Realtor. We worked from beginning to end on this one and just finished! Now we are listing it! Contact me for more details. I am adding more info soon. Don't you love the CasaBlanca cement tiles on the front of walnut butcher block island? They are from Rustico Tile and Stone. The Ikea cabinets and cooper pendant lights create a unique look that is so different than standard builder grade. The staging looks amazing thanks to Elite Austin! Meredith at TwistTours really captured the space so well! Thanks to Avery Building Co for making the build fun and Ochona Architecture for the quality form! We have created a home that is perfectly fit to tuck under the 200 year old Live Oak tree in the front yard. Broker is Stepstone Realty LLC.
Cherrywood Family Home Expands!
Check out before photos at the bottom! You won't believe the transformation of this once forlorn French Place bungalow. Completed early 2015, Making Modern Home lovingly enlarged and remodeled this space into a functional, attractive family home on a very limited budget. Our interior and exterior design, floor plan revisions, and project management made the most of the existing home. We expanded into the attic to add two bedrooms and bathroom. We had to fit a stairwell into the existing footprint. Ochona architecture did a brilliant job making it work! The homeowners love their home and complimented the interior design with their thoughtful decor and style. The home now has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living areas, vaulted spaces, and a kitchen as the hub of home! From the beginning Making Modern Home knew the way to add value was expanding into the attic; it wasn't easy getting the right structural upgrades and floor plan in place, but we are thrilled with the results and the homeowners are appreciative of all the value added! Notice that we reused the dining room hutch as a linen cabinet in the downstairs bathroom. We also plumbed for a gas fireplace to be added in the future in the formal living room. Our favorite feature is the awesome Jeldwen windows we designed.
Holly Alley House - Lives Large in just 850 SF!
UPDATE: This home sold for considerably more money than any comparable property. DESIGN PAYS! This 850 SF back house "Condo" is one of Making Modern Home's latest projects in the Holly neighborhood of East Austin! We planned it, designed it, managed the construction working with Co-Sci construction as GC, and are now co-listing it! Call 512.777.1234 for more info! It's a challenge to fit a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in just 850 square feet, but great planning and classic modern cottage design can make even small spaces feel special! We love the walnut and white oak accents, the gray cabinets, Carrara marble counters, gold fixtures, gray penny tile, and Spanish tile. The 18' ceilings in the living room, dining room, and kitchen are stunning. Not to mention, the roof top deck and 1 car garage! This innovative alley house lives large and is ready for a creative and fun owner! Great staging as always by Elite. The investors are hoping to set record sales price for the area, and with all the traffic we are getting, it seems likely! Let's talk about how we can design/build an alley house/investment for you!
A REAL Downtown Loft in Austin?
Why are there no true lofts in Austin? Making Modern Home redesigned this once boring, basic Sabine condo into a truly amazing, urban downtown loft. The whole unit was defined by the brick that we added (it's actually ceramic tile!). We choose bold navy color wall, gold accents, and higher end fixtures. Now the condo feels like a real downtown loft. We did have to work with a large existing sectional sofa in a tiny footprint, but we managed to find an unconventional, but highly functional layout! The investors expertly implemented the whole design and brought the great idea of the lofted second bedroom! They are happy with the premium fully furnished luxury rental! Call StoneLife Properties for leasing info: 512.799.1788
Cherrywood Mid-Century Modern Remodel
SOLD FOR 60k profit! Making Modern Home's latest renovation and design project is this Mid Century Modern Gem! We developed and managed this project from start to finish. Located in the heart of the Cherrywood, this 1950's home had great bones, but they were hidden under decades of neglect. After a thoughtful and full remodel, this modern ranch has come alive! Now, this home epitomizes the Austin indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The refinished white oak floors (and new floors in the kitchen to match) serve as a foundation for the other finishes in the home. The kitchen has Ikea Applaud cabinets (that look remarkably high end due to quality installation and planning) and shittake color Caeserstone countertops with a carerra marble backsplash, Completing the kitchen is the champagne bronze faucet and Bertazzoni range. The bathroom has brass fixtures, black hex tile floor, and carerra marble walls for a classic look that's still modern The original interior doors were restored to bring much needed character to the home. We hope that our renovation and staging celebrates everything this home and neighborhood has to offer! CHECK BACK SOON FOR BEFORE PICTURES. Call me to arrange a viewing if you are interested in buying this home or one with potential to be like this one! Project development, design, management, staging by Making Modern Home. Photos by Jeff Wilson Photography.
French Place Remodel
Though completed in 2011, this charming bungalow in the vibrant French Place neighborhood is one of Making Modern Home's most timeless and popular projects. We were the buyer's Realtor too! Check out the before pictures. Though the house was well maintained, it lacked sophistication. We transformed this little bungalow into a bright, custom, showstopper without the high-end price tag.
Eastside Modern Farmhouse
Making Modern Home just completed this entire project in lovely McKinley Heights in East Austin. From purchase, design, remodel, to sale. The remodel took just 5 weeks and in just 36 hours after listing, 8 offers over asking price came in! We are thrilled with how well this project came out. Scroll down for before pictures. Contact me at 512.777.1234 for more details, to submit a backup offer, or to partner with me.
Charming Yet Modern East Austin Duplex - DESIGN SELLS!
This duplex could have been just another sad example of East Austin Development, but instead, Making Modern Home partnered with the Investor to create more meaningful, designed housing. We were the listing Realtor as well. Both units sold to happy buyers! The investors are so pleased with the results that we are working on many more projects Coming Soon! We are so pleased with the wonderful staging by Elite Austin and the photos from Twisttours.
Once a Shack, Now a Revived 1935 Cottage
What a thoroughly charming cottage reimagined and transformed after years of neglect! Check out BEFORE PICTURES at the bottom. Making Modern Home found, purchased, lovingly remodeled, and pre-sold this small East Austin Cottage. This is a tiny home at just 848 square feet. Yet, the old floorplan with some tweaks, packed in 2 bedrooms and 2 tiny bathrooms. Real American Hickory floors, rich gold fixtures, hand printed wallpaper, bold Spanish tile choices, rich colors, and well detailed trim/5 panel doors (some painstakingly restored/salvaged), black kitchen cabinets, custom lights, and brick walls in the kitchen make this cottage absolutely vibrant. The new owners love it and inspired the awesome coral front door (and bath ceiling)! What's next? THE 1930 BUNGALOW NEXT DOOR (You can see it off to the right in the exterior photo!) And it will be FOR SALE, so send me a message through the contact form on this site for more info!
Brand New BUILD - MCM Palm Springs Inspired East Austin Modern 850 SF Home
Enjoy Making Modern Home's latest spec build project designed from the ground up! CURRENTLY FOR SALE AT 350k by Stepstone Realty. Call 512.777.1234. Per the city of Austin, this is a "back house" limited to just 850 SF! Making Modern Home designed an efficient 2 bedroom/2 bathroom floorplan with privacy, light, storage, and a generous open living area all in a Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern inspired shell perfectly suited for this 60s east Austin streetscape. Gorgeous glazed brick tile, walnut cabinets, polished concrete floors, and mid-century light fixtures complete the look. Check out the front house too! This MCM gem was built in 2016 in collaboration with Co-Sci construction for Hippie Hollow Homes and Firefighters Buy Houses with architectural services by Ochona. Incredible staging by Elite Staging.
Modern Colonial in Cherrylawn - University Hills
BEFORE PHOTOS JUST ADDED, SCROLL DOWN. Completed in just 8 weeks and SOLD for over asking! Call me 512.777.1234 for more info. Making Modern Home just completed a full Scandinavian Farmhouse inspired remodel of a large, basic 70's, two story. As the project developer, we carefully made all choices to maximize it's buyer appeal. Quality design improvements, non-structural floor plan tweaks, and thoughtful details bring this home to modern standards. The staging by Susannah Blanton completes the look! Some of the most important improvements are the standing seam metal roof, the new front porch gable and columns, the white oak wide plank wood floors, the customized floating vanity in the master bathroom with full carerra marble walls, the bold Spanish tile selections, custom metal stair railing, and even the purple front door set this home apart from others on the market. At first, we found if very difficult to re-imagine a basic 1970's 2-story, but we are thrilled with the results and know that the warm Modern Scandinavian Farmhouse direction was the perfect choice for modern, timeless lifestyles.
From Nothing Special to Northwest Hills Best
Making Modern Home was the project designer for this Northwest Hills home. Working with the investors and contractor, we made some bold choices (such as the Spanish tile floor in the master, floating tub, striking exterior color scheme) and added some novel features (like the 16' glass sliding door that cost only $700! and the kitchen floor plan updates) to make this home standout from the competition. When recently sold, this home went for $30,000 over asking price. The investors think the design fee was well worth the investment, and we are currently completing several more projects together as a result. This was a classic case of the sum equalling more than the parts as the materials, finishes, and fixtures were all frugal choices. When combined correctly, simple finishes can really come together to create a show-stopping design. Staging by others.
Making Modern Home started with a blank slate and completely designed and furnished the interior of this recently built Barton Hills duplex. The cognac leather sofa serves as an anchor piece for this masculine finish out. Mockingbird Domestics (2151 S. Lamar, http://www.mockingbirddomestics.com/) was an incredible resource. Not only did they have vintage items and fine art pieces, they also hand built many of the custom case goods. With the direction of Making Modern Home, Mockingbird detailed and built the walnut and gray lacquer mid-century modern entertainment center, foyer console, dining room table, daybed under the stairs, office furniture, and pecan head board. We couldn't be happier with their fine craftsmanship and service! They also built the industrial light that anchors of the living room! How wonderful. This home's design juxtaposes modern FLOR carpet tiles with vintage rugs, antique brass with slick quartz, bold patterns with soft textures, fine art with Ikea finds, Kartell Masters chairs with a walnut table. This home's design proves that modern can be warm, that a masculine space does not have to look like a "bachelor pad", and that sourcing locally can give you the best bang for the buck. The overall look is collected, thoughtful, and is just as poised for entertaining as it is for kicking back, playing guitar, and drinking a Texas brew.
21st Street Renovation
This house began as a humble 1950's ranch with a shabby 60's addition in need of many repairs. The vision was to create a "Craftsman" Bungalow and optimize the floor plan. The entire right side of the home was opened up and, where once there was a laundry room, there is now a breakfast room serving as the "hub" of the home. The house now has 3 generously sized bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, 2 large living areas, 2 dining areas, and a high-end kitchen. Perfect for entertaining, the rooms in the back of the house now open to the large yard with french doors. When listed for sale, the house sold in just 2 days for almost double the original purchase price. Thanks to savvy renovations and a lot of DIY work, the extensive renovation which included all new siding, windows, roofing, porch, decks, carport, kitchen, wood trim, bathrooms, flooring, drywall, plumbing, electrical, foundation, sub-flooring, and HVAC, totaled around $60 a square foot with soft costs (closing and carrying). The home was purchased for little more than land value. A similar grade of new construction would cost about $ 150 a square foot. Notable features of this house are:
-blending in new 2 1/4" red oaks floors with the old floors and finishing them all to match
-using stock Ikea kitchen cabinetry, but using custom trim and painting upper cabinets for an expensive custom look
-opening up walls in the center of the home to create a new breakfast room in the existing foot print (adding value!)
-going through many meetings with the city to get permits for adding a front porch in the front yard set back (this was really needed to take the house into a higher listing price bracket and totally worth all the extra work)
-Installing all new windows and creating custom 3 piece trim
-Lots of DIY work including tile work, building a custom shower pan, detailed millwork, all interior painting etc.
-"Finding" square footage and rooms in the existing footprint by maximizing the floor plan.
-Creating a master bathroom vanity using stair newel posts as legs, readily available sinks and butcher block countertops