Artists’ homes are likely to be superb examples of modern house designs, and Laurie Frick’s residence in Austin, Texas, is no exception. The design was created by local studio KRDB and blends all the good things about an artist’s lifestyles. The exterior is painted in a lively wood-red hue and sits among lush local vegetation. While the structure may appear simple on the outside, the inside abounds with eye-popping décor details which reveal a great deal about the home owner’s personality and tastes. The 1.600 square-foot home hosts one bedroom, two bathrooms, an office and a 700 square-foot studio, where the visual artist unleashes her creativity on a daily basis. Creating a home design for a freelancing creative professional is always a challenge for architects and interior designers, for the space must be arranged in such a way that it achieves the delicate balance between aesthetic form and practical function in the best way possible. The description of the project provided by the team at KRDB reveals how they approached the project brief and offers us insight into the completion of this residence, located on an infill lot in Barton Heights.
Modern house designs often innovate in terms of structure, and Laurie Frick’s artists’ home is no exception to this unwritten rule. The design relies on programmatic adjacencies and comprises several 16-inch structural steel bays “wrapped with a metal-clad SIP cowl”. The cowl’s volume has been enhanced with tiger-wood and window glazing, while the studio is covered in color black studio, which creates a neutral, tranquil atmosphere, ideal for boosting one’s creativity. As you walk through the main entrance, you receive a visual “subtle push” into the ample hallway, where the client’s art collection has been put up on display. The discreet ambient lighting in the studio and living room shines in through the generous north-facing monitors. Upstairs, the secluded and intimate master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom has been wrapped in maple mill-work, for a warm atmosphere defined by comfort. Nothing is amiss in this design, which emphasizes the importance of ambiance for creativity.