Riki & Allen's Texas-Modern Remodel

Riki & Allen's Texas-Modern Remodel

Chris Perez
Mar 15, 2012

Name: Riki and Allen
Location: Austin, Texas
Size/Room: 3850 sq. feet
Years lived in: 10

Grab a margarita and join Riki, Allen, and Dango (their dog) as we tour their beautiful, inviting, art-filled, remodel. Relax in the bright, open floorplan; enjoy some impressive hill country views; and dip your toes in the infinity-edge pool. It's going to be fun.

Riki and Allen purchased a quaint one-bedroom, one-bath home tucked away in the Austin hills several years ago. The location was perfect, and they knew with the right architect and design it could be something truly grand. Fast-forward six years, an inspiring Dwell article, and architect Jay Hargave later and the space is now the spectacle it is today.

The original home is still intact — containing the kitchen, Riki's graphic-design workspace, and a grand room adorned with beautiful Morrocan pendant lights. They continued to live in these quarters as their brilliant addition was being constructed. Allen mentioned that choosing a design/build firm like Cottam Hargrave was important because it minimized the chances for the blueprints to be misinterpreted.

The realized vision is fantastic. The house is framed by walls of glass that welcome in rays of natural light and flow into large open rooms that are distinctly modern. Riki and Allen's rustic and earthy touches give the space a warm and relaxing atmosphere. The modest living area is where some epic Karaoke performances take place, complete with guitars and a digital mixer they hook up to their Macbook Pro. Just ahead is their window office, where they greet passers-by or cozy up with a good book from their bookshelf. Every room has a view of the hills, and every wall has interest — displaying photographs or artwork they've collected.

Thanks so much Riki and Allen!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style:
Modern that is tempered/softened with traditional rustic woods and earthy pieces. Color accents come from paintings and tile and plaster choices.

A page in Dwell magazine, where we discovered Cottam Hargrave Architects.

Favorite element:
Visual focus on outside, the glass, the pool, the openness.

Biggest challenge:
Staying on budget.

What friends say:
So inviting/comfortable... but gorgeous. Not museum-like like some modern houses can be.

Proudest DIY:
The fire pit, some planting and landscaping. Our big palm tree in front!

Biggest indulgence:
Big space, big view.

Best advice:
Design/build avoids architect versus builder drama.

Resources Appliances / Tech:
  • Jenn-Air


  • Kohler Bathroom fixtures and accessories


  • Pieces from Kazana
  • Four Hands
  • Jaya
  • Pieces from New Mexico, El Paso, Southwest


  • Sony Bravia HDTV
  • iMac
  • Macbook Pro


  • Handmade by architect/contractor Jay Hargrave


  • Polished concrete floors accented with large vintage area rugs.

Window Treatments:

  • None!


  • My husband is a great collector of landscapes and is a painter himself. We have my grandmother's paintings as well (and I dabble in abstracts) and we continue to add pieces on all the time. David Nakabayashi is an artist my husband collects quite frequently.


  • Our dog, Dango

Images: Chris Perez

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