Francisco Arredondo is the architect and homeowner of this residence that was also featured in Austin’s Smarter Spaces tour. Before you walk in you’ll notice a wooden framed letter ‘C’ made out of sharpened graphite pencils along with a weathered metal letter ‘C’ leaned against the front door – itself unique with resin-filled circle cutouts. You get the sense this place is going to be special. Then you walk in…
and it’s more amazing than you imagined. A row of skylights lead your eye from the entryway toward the backyard – beautifully framed with steel beams. The place is perfectly decorated and contains the right mix of concrete, wood, and soft materials for a comfortable, relaxed feel.
Francisco popped open a couple Topo Chico’s and we chatted a bit about the wonderful city of Austin. Francisco went to school here and fell in love with the food, culture, and nearby spots where he picks up his vintage finds. We talked about some of his past projects as well as some upcoming ones, including a container bar - which as you may have guessed is going to be made from a shipping container. I’ve been totally in love with the shipping container concept since I saw this home office featured in Dwell magazine. The bar-take on this idea sounds totally Austin and I’m excited to see the finished space sometime this year.
Feeling refreshed from the Topo, I began snapping up photos of the space. The sun was radiant with scattered rays shimmering through the foliage of the backyard trees. It was gorgeous and the lens loved it! This was one of my favorite tours, and afterwards I was so excited to edit through the photos I went straight to my new favorite coffee shop in Austin – Cenote. I ordered a glass of white wine, and pored through photos for about an hour before packing up and returning home. The tour posted the following week, and it was received very well by the AT readers – something I’m always a little nervous of. Check out the full post here, and whet your appetite with some outtakes below.
Hope you enjoy and I’m excited about bringing more spaces your way!