One of the most fun parts of my travels is the opportunity to meet my fellow Apartment Therapy contributors as I move from city to city. So when Austin's resident tech guru, Chris Perez invited me to join him on the Smarter Spaces Tour last week, I jumped at the chance to tag along. We saw lots of fantastic homes on this tour, but I was especially struck by a modular home by the Austin company Reclaimed Space. I love pre-fab homes, but because of their modularity, they can sometimes feel sterile, cookie-cutter and lifeless. This home had a warm 'lived-in' feeling, even though it was clearly a model home. The preservation of old materials is not only an environmentally sound practice, it gives the new home a sense of history and place by being worn in.
Reclaimed Space scours the Texas Hill Country for the best resources when barns, homes and outbuildings are being torn down. Each new property carries with it the history of its past life, and has a rich story to tell in its new setting.
I also got to speak with Sarah Stacey, the interior designer of the space, about her vision. She incorporated objects, plants and furniture from local designers and artisans to combine natural materials that posses a raw energy to complement the interior space. The use of reclaimed materials really gave this space the feeling of home. In fact, I was ready to hire a truck, strap down that house and take it with me. If only I had a piece of land to take it to...
(Images: Smith Schwartz)