An Austin architect revives a midcentury home and brings affordable, modern architecture back into focus
Sometimes a home needs a thoughtful remodel to pull it from the brink and restore it to its proper state. In this article, architect Stuart Sampley describes how he rescued a classic ranch house in Austin, Texas, from its structural and cosmetic problems and brought it back to a condition that would have pleased its original designer, A.D. Stegner. The homes Stegner designed and built sport a modernist look and smart floor plans. As with other Stegner homes, this one has public spaces at the center and private areas on the periphery. The work on the house included relocating the living and dining areas, opening the kitchen to the adjacent living room, enlarged the bathrooms, replaced the roof, insulated, upgraded the windows, and created a patio. This article includes a brief sidebar about the life and work of A.D. Stegner.