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By Chuck Ansbacher | April 24, 2017 | Lifestyle
A Bouldin Creek Bungalow on The Preservation Homes Tour takes on space without losing its character.
This Annie Street Craftsman home is part of the “Bouldin Years’- themed Historic Homes Tour by Preservation Austin.
With their charm, location, and unique footprints, the 1930s bungalows in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood are some of the most sought-after real estate in the city. But they’re not without their challenges, as architect Elizabeth Baird knows well.
“They’re great and have a lot of character,” says Baird, who has worked on a number of bungalows in the area, “but they’re kind of dark, the rooms and closets are small, and a lot of them don’t have much connection to the outdoors.” One of her recent projects, 907 West Annie for homeowner Georgia Keith, will be featured April 29 on Preservation Austin’s 25th annual Historic Homes Tour. “ She loved the house and just wanted to celebrate it and make it a little more modern,” explains Baird.
A 300-square-foot master suite and sitting room addition on the back of the house brought the total square footage to 1,300, and opening access to the backyard. A wood-tiled demi-wall in the room caters to Keith’s love of art. Other changes include exposing and painting the original shiplap, removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, and an outdoor shower off of the master bath. “Nothing feels too precious,” says Baird. “It feels lived in and modern but not too slick. It has character.” April 29
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA CALO