Monday, February 07, 2011

Modern Home Tour

I finally went on the Modern Home Tour last weekend. I have been wanting to do it for years, but either work or other plans got in the way. Jim was off shooting for the day so I went by myself. :) It's good to go have alone time once in awhile! I printed up the map and came up with a game plan to see as many houses as I could. I decided to not go down South to visit houses, and I'm a little sad that I didn't. I saw some blogs out there that did visit them, and they looked like some cool ass houses!

I took tons of photos, but I tried to narrow them down to just a few per house. One house I went do didn't allow photos, and it figures because it was one of my favorite houses to visit. The tour cost $15 before the day of the tour, and $25 the day off. For me, it was worth paying the money to walk through these incredible houses. I LOVE the Home and Garden channels and looking at how people decorate or have their house set up, so this is like the live version of the TV shows that I like to watch.

Trends I saw were lots of windows, glass tiles in kitchens and bathrooms and fantastic lighting. I saw lots of great ways to light up a room, which we have an issue with in our house.

The first house I went to was closest to our house. It was located off of 2222 in between Mesa and Mopac.
I didn't get to ask if this was a bulldozer and rebuild or if they just brought the original house to the studs and reworked it. I can tell you that most of the houses in this neighborhood were built between the 50's and 70's so this house stood out a bit. Over all I thought the house was nice, but it didn't have a great flow to it, it felt like a bunch of rooms placed together to make a house.

Something I didn't think about was having to take off my shoes to walk through the houses. I wore slip ons so I was walking around in my bare feet... kind of gross :) (I spy a part of my foot :) )
This house had lots of great windows in every room of the house. This was their living room, which was near their kitchen.

The master bathroom was awesome.
Great lighting, huge bathtub, glass tiles, and a nice walk in closet

The 2nd house I went to was off of 2244 near 360. This house was for sale, and I believe the asking price was 1.4 million. Pffft... sure, let me just dig into my piggy bank to buy this house :). This house was on a hill, and towards the bottom of the hill. I had to walk down a steep drive way to get to the house.

This is the master bathroom. It was done in all whites and was one of the largest bathrooms that I saw on the tour. What I loved was the door to the bathroom... it was a sliding door made of frosted glass.

3 sides windows in the master bedroom...
It felt like the bedroom was part of the forest, damn cool.

The living room was like the master bedroom, 3 sides glass and very open. The kitchen also had tons of windows but it was pretty plain (grey counter tops and white bottom cabinets). Since this house was on a hill it had bedrooms/media rooms on different levels. It was a fairly large house, and when you were on one side of the house it almost felt like you were in a different house.
The 3rd house I visited was near Walsh Tarrelton and 2244. This was more of a remodeled older house and I thought they did a good job. I LOVED this carport, it almost seems more decoration than useful carport. I think this type of structure would also do well in a back yard to cover a patio

This bathroom reminded me of something you would see at a beach house with the whites and aqua colors. What I wasn't a fan of, was the shower and lack of enclosure. To me, the water would just get every where, and there isn't anything keeping in the heat/steam of the water. Now, I haven't taken a shower with this type of fixture so maybe I am wrong about that.

The patio and backyard space at this house was fantastic. Huge patio, pond, access to the patio from multiple areas of the house and beautiful trees.

The homeowner added a screened in porch to the master bedroom which really extended the living space.

The next house I visited was my favorite. The family living in there asked that no photos be taken, which is a shame because they had some great design elements and it was beautifully decorated. On the 2nd floor, over looking their living room, they had a little area that was slightly sunken and tiled. They had a lot of plants in this area and it had a drain in the floor so I am assuming it made it easier to water the plants. They also had a couple different patios to over look downtown Austin and Lake Austin (actually it may have been Town Lake)

Cool side gate

View from their patio

This house was West of Mopac near Lake Austin Blvd. It was a smaller house, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (maybe it was a 2.5 bathroom) and lots of open areas.

This was the side of the house where the living room was (and if you go far enough back one of the bedrooms). Lots of great windows and the living room had a structure that rolled up. I am curious to see how that window/wall rolled up and down (or if it slide from side to side, forgot to look).

Another pretty bathroom

Looking down on the kitchen from the sitting area. There were lots of great bookshelves at this house. I loved this open room, it had fantastic lighting as well.

I was curious about this stop on the tour. It was downtown smack dab in the middle of 6th street. I have probably walked by this place hundreds of times over the years without realizing the home that is there. The entire structure had 2 different levels, a hot tub/pool, 2 kitchens and a few bedrooms.

Overlooking the living room
I was surprised when I walked into this room! This was in the middle of the house
This was the 2nd kitchen, and it was above the pool area, in an open room. I'm not sure I'd like cooking while smelling the chemicals from the pool, But I love the curved kitchen!

Now on to the East side, and I have to say I was a little disappointed with the last 2 places I visited. The homes were pretty but just lacked something. This is the first floor of the house, and it is set up nicely to entertain. The kitchen opens up to a good size living room.

There were 3 smallish bedrooms upstairs with 2 bathrooms. I believe this house was for sale, but I forgot to look to see how much it was going for.

The last house I visited was a new construction, and not sure if it would be considered a house or a town home. The backside of the structure was attached to another home that looked just like the front home.

LOVED the blue rug that they had in the living room

Each home (front and back) had an upstairs area on their roof. They had it decorated for yoga, not sure if I would put a grill up here, but maybe a little Chimera

The kitchen opened up to the living room. As you can see, the kitchen is all white with a glass back splash. Not sure I'm down with a glass back splash... I think I would want some thing more durable and that would hide the splattered food better :) The floors were done in concrete so walking through the undecorated house (first one was decorated, back one was not) it felt very cold.

I had a great time walking through all of the houses. Sure, some weren't my style but I'm sure people out there would love a glass back splash :) I came away with a lot of great ideas on how to improve our house and new colors that I want to paint our rooms. I can't wait to do this next year.

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