Bungalow Rebirth: 2 Historic Texas Homes Reimagined
A design/build firm modernizes two Austin bungalows with creative sensitivity to their historic neighborhoods.
Synopsis: Bungalows are a native building type in Austin, Texas, and the Austin-based firm CG&S Design-Build has 60 years of experience restoring and remodeling them. In this article, the firm’s Stewart Davis and Jay Schafer explain how they found creative ways to remodel two such bungalows. The first project involved tripling the square footage while maintaining a modest street presence, as required by the city’s so-called McMansion Ordinance. For the second project, Davis and Schafer had to add a master suite and two bedrooms to a modest 1940s bungalow—without disturbing a pecan tree protected by the Austin Tree Ordinance.
Respecting historic neighborhoods, meeting strict building codes, and accomplishing clients’ goals are integral to our work at CG&S design-Build in Austin, Texas. For 60 years, we have specialized in restoring, renovating, and remodeling dozens of bungalows in the city’s oldest neighborhoods, including Hyde Park, Zilker, and clarksville.…