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Holly 1920's Bungalow - Best of Old and New
Wow! For Sale now, Making Modern Home's Latest project - from real estate strategy, to interior and exterior design, project management, and detailing! 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!
IN PROGRESS - Mid Century Modern Masterpiece
MUCH MORE TO COME! Making Modern Home has been hard at work to make this Mid Century Modern masterpiece the jewel of Rollingwood. In a neighborhood of McMansions, this incredible piece of history has been preserved and celebrated! Check back soon.
Holly Alley House - Lives Large in just 850 SF!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
A charming bungalow in the vibrant French Place neighborhood is one of Making Modern Home's latest projects (we were the buyer's Realtor too!). 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.
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
Photos by Jeff Wilson
East Austin Mid-Century Ranch Reinvention
FULL Making Modern Home Renovation - Currently FOR SALE at $319,500 in amazing East Austin 78721 location. Call me at 512.777.1234. This amazing 1960s MCM ranch had great bones - such as Roman brick, horizontal lines, and a good floor plan for modifications. To get the most value Making Modern Home had to unearth it as the home had been run-down. The bold blue front door compliments the mid-century modern ranch completed with the native landscape. New black bronze windows accencuate the Roman brick. Inside walnut floating shelves and the vanity look great paired with hex tile, bamboo floors, and all white scheme. Construction by Co-Sci Construction for Hippie Hollow Homes and Fire Fighters Buy Houses. Listed by Stepstone Realty. Staging by Elite.
Allandale Modern Ranch
Situated just north of the ever popular Mid-Century Modern neighborhood of Allandale, the Wooten neighborhood now holds its own with the modern, yet inviting remodel of this 1970's home. Just completed with the investment group Firefighters Buy Houses, Making Modern Home worked as strategic designer from the beginning specify all windows and doors,maximize the home's floorplan, select architectural finishes throughout including hickory floors, dark cabinets with white quartz countertops with the glass 1x3 tile backsplash, a stunning blue and aqua penny tile bathroom floor, and a modern stucco treatment to update the fireplace. The biggest change in this home though was the windows and doors that Making Modern Home custom designed. The 12' triple sliding glass door at the rear of the home redefines this home and it only cost $617! No joke! Firefighters Buy Houses did a tremendous job installing it and seamlessly integrating the glass panels into a wall pocket. In this home, another "big idea" was to eliminate the super tiny breakfast room all too common in these 70's ranches so we could opt for a generous island that's over 8' long! From an investment standpoint, in this case losing second dining area and prioritizing the kitchen is sure to pay off! What a wonderful group to work with, and we have already started many more projects!
South Lamar Loft
This loft had builder grade finishes, but a great location. With a few upgrades and carefully selected pieces, this loft now reflects the creative owners.
Urban Homestead in South Austin - NEW
This perfect Urban Homestead Making Modern Home just completed is the rare combination with a full acre in South central Austin and a fully re-imagined simple 50s home that became a Mid Century Modern Ranch. We started by reworking the unusual floor plan to create a third bedroom, second dining area, and second living area. With the new plan, certain wall areas were retained for support creating and open, but not-too-open livable and unique layout centering around a kitchen island. Several Mid Century Modern finishes were chosen including the carbonized strandwoven bamboo floors (to reference the original wood floors), reuse of the old wood slab doors, and using brass and black hardware throughout. Even the original windows now painted black were used. The home has tremendous connection to the full peaceful acre it occupies. The modern cementi hacienda tile in both bathrooms and for backsplash were bold choices but add to the character and uniqueness of the home. We are proud that this home isn't like any other flip on the market. This home is truly a wonderful modern farmhouse or urban homestead ready for its buyer. In collaboration with Redemption Home Solutions. Listed at $439.000 by Vox Real estate. . Call me for details 512.777.1234
Budget Friendly Navy, White, and Brass Kitchen
We recently redesigned this South Austin kitchen for a stylish homeowner to look high-end but on a modest budget. We used IKEA cabinets but painted them navy Sherwin Williams Naval SW 6224. An opening was created between the living room so we opened up the kitchen to the living room without sacrificing a TV wall or having to engineer and downdraft vent system as would be the case with a stove positioned in the island. The brass details make all the difference. We even handmade a brass fixture for over the breakfast table that wasn't installed at the time of photographs. The homeowner complimented the look with their great style and furniture choices! The living, dining, and kitchen area feel light, bright, energized, and fresh.
Restored Hyde Park Bungalow
This Hyde Park Bungalow was prime for a classic restoration. Bad updates and layers of paint obscured this home's best features. Making Modern Home as project designer lovingly directed restoring the beauty and charm of this house while updating the floor plan and fixtures. The original door knobs were retained and stripped to become a main feature.Classic white hex tile was added to the bathroom. Warm oak butcher block countertops compliment the modern cabinets as well as the vintage shaker cabinets. A classic color scheme emphasizes the historic character of this house and neighborhood. Americana porch details like the flag and fern complete this classic perfectly updated Hyde Park Bungalow re-imagined by Making Modern Home.
Making a 60's Ranch Modern
This South Congress MCM had great bones, but they were masked. Making Modern Home directed the redesign of the interior and exterior of this 60's ranch. Painting the windows black and painting the brick gray with dark trim reinvented this gem. Modern detailing completed the look. When listed the home sold for roughly $30,000 more than comparable properties since the design made it extremely desirable. The investor was extremely happy with the outcome.
Perfectly Vintage Modern Haven 78745
Making Modern Home really enjoyed redesigning and listing this lovely South Austin flip. It's always a challenge to take some design risks and make flipped properties unique and interesting. Generic flips are generally rewarded with broader buyer appeal, but this time, we infused very tasteful, but unexpected touches that work perfectly for the 78704 buyer who looks to 78745 for more affordable options. With exceptional attention to detail, this home perfectly blends modern elements like the vaulted ceilings, a revised open concept plan, and bamboo floors with vintage charm including a farmhouse sink, warm cherry butcherblock countertops, aqua penny tile, carerra marble, and reclaimed beadboard. We expanded the tiny kitchen into the unused also tiny breakfast room and converted a dysfunctional 2nd living area into a proper dining room. The new kitchen is generously sized and is so inviting and flooded with light, We opted for GE Artistry series appliances in white instead of the expected stainless steel since their clean design with a classy vintage nod is so fresh. This property will be making the perfect peaceful, sunny home for the new buyer.
Stunning Suburban Transformation - Hot Listing!
This property is more classic than our usual, but good design and savvy investments come in all shapes and sizes. This home had fallen into extreme disrepair and suffered from an awkward floor plan with no master bathroom and no windows in the kitchen. We started by re-imagining the plan, and Making Modern Home was able to add a master bathroom and 2nd closet within the existing square footage. Another oddly located bathroom was removed to make way for a dining space. Finally, a brilliant breezeway was cut through the unused space of a 2.5 car garage letting light into the kitchen and allowing direct access to the home's many patios and garage. Finishes were kept simple, classic, and budget friendly. By rethinking the plan and creating an attractive palette of materials and finishes this home achieved massive buyer appeal. The home received multiple offers within just hours and sold for well over asking. Construction and listing by others.
Best Garage Office Ever
What to do when you need a garage, an office, a large storage area, and a "hang out" space outside of your small 990 square foot house? Making Modern Home helped this owner suit all of these needs by looking towards the detached over-sized one car garage. Part of the garage was retained for 1 car, but in the additional 7'-0" of space an office was built and a 18'-0" x 8'-0" storage loft was built over the parking structure. At only 7'-0" wide, the office makes the most of the space with floating cabinets, custom oak wood work, a hand built pipe ladder to loft, and the reuse of a door from the original 1930's main house. The owner is enjoying the space and updated the yard with some design advice from Making Modern Home to compliment the new garage office. Photos by Jeff Wilson.
Windsor Park Investment
This 50's home had been a rental and had seen better days. Making Modern Home designed this project from start to finish to increase rental rates and the home's value in an up-and-coming neighborhood. This home was completed on a shoe string budget and rented in just days.
80s to Awesome
Working with a tight budget and quick timeline, Making Modern Home worked as designer with the general contractor to completely makeover this large house in an up and coming neighborhood. Appropriate finishes and renovation projects made this dated home fresh and ready for sale. We saved money by using great looking laminate floors, reusing the existing cabinets and floor tile in the kitchen and using granite remnants. The 1980's stone fireplace was an eyesore, but it benefited from simply removing the vertical stone elements and creating a simple new mantel out of cedar. Working with what was there, we made it the feature of the home! The home sold for a profit and the investors have already contracted us to manage and design several new projects!
78704 Big Payoff
With an extremely tight budget of $13,000, Making Modern Home worked as designer with Redemption Home Solutions as general contractor, to completely makeover the small house in a hip neighborhood. The house had been sitting on the market for 2 months unsold. Post-renovation it was listed for $60,000 more than original asking price. Staging and photos by others.
Extreme Manchaca Makeover
This project required vision. Making Modern Home collaborated with Redemption Home Solutions to take this 70s ranch from Dilapidated to Desirable. This neighborhood eyesore received a full permitted makeover from top to bottom. After completing permit drawings, we coordinated all sub contractors and design. Due to extensive plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and framing work needed, the budget for materials, finishes, and fixtures was extremely low. The design incorporates thoughtful shelving, two tone cabinets, some custom lighting, and rustic elements salvaged from the existing house. These elements saved money, but elevated the desirability of the house. The investor was able to list the house for sale and sold it for more dollars per square foot than comparable homes in the neighborhood. The investor has already contracted with us for many more projects. We not only made the house look great, but we were able to make a true master suite where once there was a den making the house a desirable 3 bedroom/2 bathroom within the existing footprint Check out the BEFORE pictures to fully appreciate what was done here. Photographs by others.
Effective Hyde Park Staging
Making Modern Home was tasked with staging model units for several properties owned by 512 Realty near the University of Texas. The investor made smart changes to the complex and combined with the effective, relevant staging hundreds of units were leased quickly and for 20-30% more than in past leasing seasons. 512realty.com
North Loop Rental Refresh
What a difference paint can make. This rental is owned by one of Making Modern Home's repeat clients. With soaring ceilings and interesting features, this North Loop home had a lot going for it, but the paint and fixtures were dated and didn't make the most of the architecture. With a bold, care we say stark, modern paint scheme, this home was transformed into one of the most desirable rentals in the area commanding a lot of attention and a premium rent rate. We served as the listing Realtor on this property as well. Photos by Jeff Wilson.
Campus Condo Budget Remodel
Campus condos are a great perennial investment, but this dated condo wasn't capturing premium rents. The challenge of a campus condo remodel is keeping the renovation costs low so as not to over improve for the condo complex. First, removal of huge 80's wall mirrors was key. By updating only the stove to stainless steel, refinishing the countertops and cabinets, the whole kitchen is updated on a budget. The bathroom uses very basic materials available at Ikea, but it's assembled in a way that makes them look fresh. This condo now competes with all the new construction in the area and will rent for more than surrounding units.
South Congress Cool
From humble beginnings, this small house has been completely transformed into a light, bright, hip bungalow in the ultra cool South Congress neighborhood! Making Modern Home again collaborated with Redemption Home Solutions to produce a rock star renovation that the investor is extremely happy with (so much so, we have three more projects with the investor!). We came in on budget, delivered the project a few days early, and produced a renovation that is attracting a lot of attention from buyers. Key features include a brand new kitchen, an unconventional but stunning purple and yellow exterior paint scheme that makes this house stand out in a really good way (I thought I would be fired for suggesting purple, but it really works!), and real bamboo floors. Listed by Castlehill Investments. Photos by others.
Tiny Cottage Kitchen North Loop
Making Modern Home designed a fully functional kitchen in just 72 square feet! This little gem has everything a full size kitchen has...farmhouse sink, pantry, white quartz, countertops, professional stainless steel range, and a knock out "granada" back splash! The real wood Ikea Orsa cabinets perfectly compliment this tiny cottage kitchen. Check out my blog for more details. One trick that made the tiny kitchen seem bigger was to use an "open" range hood and run the tile to the ceiling. This creates the illusion of depth. Construction by others.
Urban Style for Campus Rental Investment
There is so much new construction in the West Campus area around the University of Texas, that older condo rentals, like this Parapet unit, have a hard time competing. It was important to this investor that we brought this condo out of the 80s and into a league of it's own. The edgy, urban finishes Making Modern Home selected appeal to more sophisticated college renters who are sure to enjoy the loft like feel. Aqua and gray cabinets with stainless steel look countertops, maple floors, modern backsplash and Sherwin Williams Paper White walls lend to the uniqueness of this campus rental sure to lease for top dollar for years to come.
From Dark Rental to Zilker Mid-Century Modern
Making this 1950s ranch home more Mid-Century Modern in the ever popular Barton Hills / Zilker neighborhood in Austin, really increased this listing's buyer appeal. Emphasis was placed on form by creating a minimal but effective color palette. The home's new color scheme creates a dramatic entrance that further reinforces the subtle Mid-Century Modern roots that were formerly masked by the home's prior garish paint job. Inside, the former rental grade materials have been replaced with new bamboo floors, lighting, and glass tile lending to the bright feel. Ikea Gnojso black base cabinets and cherry butcherblock countertops add warmth. Listing and development by others.
Zilker Vacation Rental - Roughed-in to Ready
This 78704 vacation rental was already roughed-in from a LEED Platinum build a few years ago. Making Modern Home was tasked with completing all the architectural finishes and fixtures on a very tight budget. We just completed this rental and are happy to report the owners are thrlled with their back house finish out since it has increased their property value and appeal.
Charming Modern Cottage - East Austin
Investor's Dream. The property was transformed into a hot listing by Making Modern Home's modern, detailed, yet character rich design. Selling for well over asking, this home hit the mark. Staging by others.
COMING SOON - Cherrywood Addition and Renovation
ALMOST FINISHED - Incredible Cabana
Wait until you see this Cabana with an outdoor shower and kitchen, bold tile, gold fixtures, ipe deck, grand fireplace, and a pool overlooking downtown Austin. Check back soon for more and professional images!
RECENTLY STARTED - AD Stenger Zilker Ranch Addition
JUST STARTED - Making Modern Home is thrilled to be working with the amazing owners of a real AD Stenger Mid-Century Modern Ranch in the Zilker neighborhood. The homeowners are GCing the project and we brought in the extremely talented North Arrow Studios for architecture! We are consulting from start to finish to make sure the big idea is just as right as the last detail. Just the way Stenger would have wanted it. As a consultant on this project, Making Modern Home is offering to the client robust experience in real world construction, complete design strategies, and deep real estate knowledge while bringing the right team together and avoiding pitfalls/costly mistakes. Let us help you on your next project.