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Balcones Residence by Clayton Korte

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Designed by Clayton Korte in 2015, Balcones Residence is a complete yet sensitive remodel of a 1950s house originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and prominent architect of modern-style homes. Located in Austin, Texas, the finished renovation, including a 1 bedroom/1-1/2 bath main house and a 2 bedroom guest house, totals 2,680ft² (249m²).

During the 1950s, architect Roland Roessner was teaching at the University of Texas and designing some of Austin’s most daring modern structures. One of his more memorable houses, located on Balcones Drive, is notable for its prominently cantilevered concrete balcony perched above a long, sloping hillside, with Camp Mabry as its backyard. Though previously unacquainted with the period, new owners delved into all things mid-century modern and hired Clayton & Little to assist with a deliberate and sensitive renovation of this Austin treasure.

The necessity to enlarge the original footprint of the home became apparent early on. The addition of office and utility to the north and guest rooms to the south were purposefully set back from the original house and are minimally discernible from the street.

— Clayton Korte

Balcones Residence before the renovation:

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Photographs by Nick Simonite
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