When Allison Gaskins and her husband Stephan bought the 950 square foot house in Austin's Tarrytown neighborhood, near downtown, they knew the space would need a lot of work. Though the house had great bones, its layout was pretty inefficient. Thankfully Allison's architectural background was the perfect match to this home's needs.
Purchased in April of 2007, the house was gutted in the summer of 2007 and finished by the beginning of August. Lots of things had to be fixed: walls were removed to create an open, flowing space between the entry, living and kitchen areas. Materials were updated from old or no longer usable ones, and a cohesive, efficient and livable house slowly emerged from the scary-looking at times renovation.
Though Allison is currently taking a semester off to take care of the newest edition to the family, 2-month-old Sarah (who joins big brother, 2-year-old Ben), she's normally a lecturer and the Principal Instructor for the UT School of Architecture's Summer Academy in Architecture. She was able to do all the design work for the house, including demolition plans, design and product selection, construction documents, and project management with the builder.
The kitchen, of course, is our main focus for this post. Before, it was a tiny, enclosed, unfortunately-colored space. After the massive renovations, it's now an open, bright, transitionally-designed space, which fits the rest of the home's personality perfectly. Featuring wood countertops, seriously organized cabinetry and even a neat little trash can nook. We love how they approached this renovation project quite fearlessly, and love even more how the result was simple and effective.