Jamie Chioco, principal at Chioco Design in Austin, Texas had the opportunity to design he and his wife’s personal residence. Completed in 2019, the two-bedroom home is located in the East Austin neighborhood of Cherrywood. Chioco, who has owned the property for sixteen years had lived in a 1950’s house typical to the neighborhood and in 2017 decided to start from scratch. The couple decided to relocate the 750 square foot home to a new location about two miles away.
▼项目概览，overview © Casey Dunn
Designing one’s personal home proved to be an interesting process. After all those years of living on the property it was easier to assess the site. Ultimately, it was this deeper understanding of what the program needed to include that made for a successful design. Orientation, public vs. private topics, scale and proportion had all been considered for years. Natural light, open living areas and the need to relate to the site were the priorities.
▼庭院入口，entrance to the courtyard © Casey Dunn
▼拐角窗，corner windows © Casey Dunn
▼带泳池的后院，rear courtyard with pool © Casey Dunn
The home features four custom fabricated fourteen-foot-tall corner windows. These windows maximize the views out into the landscape and through the house. Adding to that and natural light levels are four sets of wood sliding doors made by Quantum. The plan is essentially two overlapping rectangles that meet and connect in the corners (ref. plan drawing). At this connection is the main entry through two sets of the sliding doors. Instead of entering at the front façade Chioco wanted to approach the entrance through a private courtyard. The “front” door is actually situated in the center of the home. Upon approach, the transparency of the sliding door systems reveals a layered effect through the house and into the back yard and pool area.
▼从庭院望向室内，view from the courtyard to indoor © Casey Dunn
▼木质滑动门系统，wooden sliding doors © Casey Dunn
▼厨房区域的白橡木储物系统，white oak storage system in the kitchen area © Casey Dunn
▼白色大理石操作台面和背板，white marble worktop and back panel © Casey Dunn
▼垂直纹理的白橡木墙，vertical textured white oak wall © Casey Dunn
The materials are kept simple and edited. The exterior facades are entirely of a warm beige modular brick with the exception of the Ipe screen walls that enclose the entry courtyard and the western red cedar on the storage room at the rear most part of the home. Ground concrete floors throughout help to blur the lines from inside to out. All the millwork and wall panels are of vertical grain White Oak. White marble was used for countertops, backsplashes and as a major element in the Master bathroom and walk-in shower. There are also some tile accents in the mix at the kitchen and bathrooms.
▼开阔的餐厨区，open dining area © Casey Dunn
▼明亮温馨的客厅，the bright and warm living room © Casey Dunn
▼卧室，bedroom © Casey Dunn
At just under 2000 square feet the home feels and lives much larger due to thoughtful planning. The entry courtyard and the covered patio and pool are perceived as extensions of the interior spaces, creating outdoor rooms. When the Austin weather permits, the entire home can open up making for a true unencumbered indoor-outdoor experience.
▼卧室与浴室细部，bedroom and bathroom details © Casey Dunn