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When Busy Design Works – Arty House with a Staccato Rhythm

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There is a tremendous amount of graphic interest in extensive trellis work in this single family renovation by John Grable Architects.

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The busy dappling of a retained old oak tree is repeated in shadows on the pool and in an abundance of little trellis outcroppings.

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All the arbors and overhangs have the effect of filtering the light and reducing solar gain.

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Building on the clients’ and the architect’s shared love of ecologically informed design, heritage oak trees were protected during construction and entirely preserved.

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The house is sustainable; powered by solar roof panels, running LED lighting and harvesting grey water for gardening.

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The addition is as naturally cross-ventilated as possible in the humid heat of San Antonio, Texas, with entire walls that can be opened up to the breeze.

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The new construction was built completely on existing foundations.

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Soaring windows in steel framed glass are placed on a steel truss supported by wood-concrete pillar-walls.

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The spare use of these three industrial materials informs the aesthetic of the artistic home, which succeeds in balancing innovative technologies with traditional time-proven structural techniques.

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The exciting new space was initiated by the renovation of an existing 1948 ranch style building underneath.

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All that remains of the original single storey building is now dedicated to the simple ground floor bedrooms.

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The new space is both one and two storeys, creating light-filled open spaces dedicated to the social areas of the house, both indoors and outdoors.

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An industrial steel tray becomes an artistic and practical outdoor fire pit.

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The master bathroom is part of the original house – beautified with a facade of lovely translucent glass tiles and a translucent sink and carefully selected hanging LED lighting.

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With the toilet separated from the shower area by a translucent green glass, the pure zen-like spaces are intriguingly daylit only from above by skylights.

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A huge open and artistic fireplace has a glass hearth bringing light down into the small dark existing house (possibly over the bathroom sink?)

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Wood from the demolition was extensively recycled and reused.

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Not only is the new addition sustainable, but it is an artistically crafted series of naturally beautiful spaces.

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