Maryanna Residence

The Maryanna Residence is a renovation of a rambling country house in West Lake Hills, Texas. While the house had plenty of room for this family of six its original character of dark-stained oak paneling, chopped limestone block, small windows, brass hardware and traditional accoutrements, required transformation.

A modern aesthetic was infused and married to the original character. Distinct rooms were interconnected; expressed beams, HVAC furr-downs and differing surfaces were eschewed in favor of continuous ceilings, floors and materials. Wide-plank Mahogany flooring replaces the existing collection of oak, brick, and tile; articulated molding and traditional detail is minimized, and a constant color palette is introduced. Into this circumstance, a modern idiom is established as a series of special occasions – principal among these is the new kitchen.

The kitchen is conceived as the heart of this home, and defined by three purpose-made partitions rendered in a book-matched, Bee’s-Wing veneer of Eucalyptus, huge surfaces of Blizzard Caesarstone and a new 6’x12’ window. Striking new vistas lend a sense of expanse through the house, touch-latch cabinets hide tremendous storage, custom-made stainless steel hardware balances the intricacy of the wood veneer, and special shelving for a collection of miniature chairs all provide a sense of abstraction and purposefulness to the ensemble – and locates an exciting space as the center of family life.

The revived building attempts to fit neatly into the existing language, while finer materials, purposeful fenestration, and built-ins define a more particular, pointed kind of space. Tremendous sheets of glass and a continuity of materials between inside and out, for example, connect the kitchen to the out-of-doors in a powerful, singular gesture, while lightening the overall mood of the home. The Maryanna Residence preferences a variety of incidental occasions over and above an overarching identity for the house. In so doing, it emphasizes those aspects of the place that are local and subtle, as well as the immediacy of one’s own place in the home.


Paul Bardagjy
Ryann Ford Photography

Awards & Publications
Austin Monthly Home "Kitchen of the Year"
Spring 2008