Feature on the 2011 Outdoor Living Tour
Clients living in a 1950's rambler in central Austin wanted to add square footage while maintaining a small carbon footprint. To take advantage of their large backyard, they opted for a detached screened porch and called it "The Screened Living Room." The 500 square foot structure is nestled between several mature pecan trees and has a perpendicular relationship to the main house. We used simple materials like trusses made of Timberstrand, concrete flooring, and custom screens to stay within budget and employ sustainable design.
The Cypress rain screen was allowed to gray in its natural time and the steel was left to patina. A telescoping light tunnel was placed to bring in direct sunlight and create a focal point for the room. These clients are huge sports fans so a custom television cabinet was built for their flat screen and a corner banquet was installed for get togethers on game days. An Ipe deck and cast concrete pond were also added to complete the project.
Built by Cass Cheesar Design Build, LLC
Photography by Andy Christiansen