This small two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow in Austin, Texas, was pretty darn cute, but just too darn small for the family of four who lives there. They didn’t want to move, though, so they hired Clayton & Little Architects to raise the roof and add a second story.
Architect Paul Clayton worked with project manager Carolina Cantu to double its size by adding a 1,000-square-foot second floor. Keep scrolling to see how the house looks today!
A Small Bungalow Gets Second Story Addition
The architect explains: “The original 1938 one story, two-bedroom house grew to incorporate an enlarged master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a new 1,037-square-foot second story that includes two bedrooms, a playroom, a utility room and a bathroom.”
This modern steel stair railing sets the tone for the house in the entry, combined with a more traditional painted shiplap walls: “We wanted to keep the bungalow feel but have everything be sharper inside, with a modern edge,” says project manager Carolina Cantu.
She explains that there were several options considered for the remodel, one of which would have located the stairs in the back of the house instead of the front. But that was nixed when they realized it would’ve blocked views of the tree-lined backyard.
The living room is light and bright with white walls and lots of windows:
Here’s a photo taken from the kitchen toward the front door before the remodel:
They exposed the original shiplap behind the drywall and now it looks like this:
Gorgeous! Love the new front door, too, which suits the house so much better.
They chose pale blue cabinets for the kitchen and a white subway tile backsplash. The ceilings are planked with narrow boards painted white that ties into the shiplap throughout the remodeled house.
The Clayton & Little website’s description of the project:
This renovation and addition project in Travis Heights added more space with a modern edge to a young family’s home. The original 1938 one story, two-bedroom house grew to incorporate an enlarged master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a new 1,037-square-foot second story that includes two bedrooms, a playroom, a utility room and a bathroom.
Clayton & Little worked closely with the owners to ensure that their new house stayed true to the vision of the neighborhood and that the overall scale and volume did not overwhelm. One area that truly combined old and new was the Kitchen and Dining. With initial plans to leave these untouched, it was decided to strip the drywall, exposing shiplap, which gave both spaces a warm feel.
Responding to the entire family’s wish list, the playroom and upstairs porch have a treehouse vibe and the garage was replaced with a basketball court, giving the backyard a spacious feel.