Coveted Crib: Cottage Rehab

The owners of this 1930s cottage loved the feel of their home, but not its lack of spaciousness. The homeowners turned to CG&S Design-Build , one of Austin, TX’s premier residential design-build firms, to renovate and expand their home.

Even though the cottage has now doubled in size (to a little over 2,500 square feet), the home still retains the small footprint and feel of the original home. To maintain the look of the property, and to minimize environmental costs, the addition was built around mature shade trees, instead of removing them. Additionally, French drains were installed to move rainwater away from the home. The existing faux stone exterior walls were left intact and turned into the foyer stair hall, which helps to unite the old structure with the new addition.

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The foyer’s ceiling features high-efficiency operable windows that provide daylight and exhaust hot air. Large windows in all of the home's rooms also provide ample daylighting, which reduces the use of electrical lights. The home also uses high-efficiency Energy Star appliances, and a high-efficiency HVAC system (including air conditioner) make the muggy Texas climate more bearable.