While there is no shortage of homes tours in Austin, the AIA Homes Tour is always my favorite. The quality of the homes is always amazing, and there is usually a little something for everyone. This year is no exception. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this may be the strongest group of houses in a long time.
With that I have a confession to make. I just don't usually have it in me to go and look at a bunch of houses on my day off, so I whittle it down to two or three homes that can't be missed. This year however I may just need to suck it up. There are just two many good homes. So in no particular order here are a few that I'm excited about and why.
1103 Constant Springs
Designed by Kevin Alter Studio this one is a stunner. I love pretty much everything that comes out of that office but this one has a special place in my heart because I just wrote an article about it for a popular national magazine. More on that later.
Matt Fjakus consistently turns out great work. I love the curb appeal on this one. Really great massing and use of materials. I'm a sucker for those big brick walls that manage to be both brutal and inviting at the same time.
This is one of a few remodels on the list this year, showing you don't need to start from scratch to make something amazing. Tim Cuppet managed to take this 1,800 square foot mid century home and turn it into a masterpiece. The mid century soul isn't lost at all but the look is fresh as ever.
Hard to believe this Fehr & Granger house is 70 years old. To say that this one had good bones would be an understatement. It's good to see it got a freshen up under the careful direction of Atlantis Architects.
Honestly there are so many more amazing ones, this is just the start. Hat tip to my buddy Leonid Furmansky for taking some amazing photos. If you want to get an up close and personal, see tour info and a link to buy tickets below.