Grover Residence
Austin, Texas

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For this design build project we provided the clients both North and South facing roof decks of 400 square feet each, 800 square feet of covered outdoor living space on the ground floor and two huge cantilevered Master Bedroom window spaces.

In front, we incorporated a street-facing covered front porch off the Master Bedroom and a sculptural storage room on the ground floor that the Clients anointed "il Ferro Tartaruga" (the Iron Turtle) and which is outfitted for a future Jacuzzi.

Thus, a super minimalist approach leverages the structural engineering into creating extra-ordinary outdoor spaces, while a compact plan allows the indoor and outdoor spaces to naturally brush up against the other making each really very alive.

"This house is amazing to live in. I do Tai Chi on the decks. I like to look at my work with magnets on the iron tortoise. Tonight I watched the moon from the balcony. I'm very happy here. I feel like I am living in the sky sometimes."

I will just add that one of the owners is a working artist who also uses the metallic primer coat on the walls of her studio to hang her work (in addition to using the "Iron Turtle")

The home is fully automated by the other owner who has a fun hobby flying remote controlled planes off all kinds. Here is a nice video of his "HoverThing" flight about the project: