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Audrey Kelly Boutique in Westlake Now Open

Posted in Company News by Kristie
April 24, 2013


Audrey Kelly Boutique After months of tenant improvements, the Audrey Kelly Boutique in Davenport Village opened in March 2013! h+uo Architect, Randall Owen, collaborated with Meredith Owen of Bravo Interior Design to transform the space into the elegant and sophisticated boutique envisioned by Audrey Kelly Owner, Johanna Vernick.

Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn

Inspired by star lights Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, the boutique captures the essence of timeless beauty. The boutique sells gifts and home accents to add a classic touch, including: toys, stationary, jewelry, tea sets, and other trinkets.




More Photos of the New Houndstooth Location on Congress Avenue

Posted in Company News by Kristie
April 12, 2013

Houndstooth Coffee Now Open on Congress Avenue!

Posted in Company News by Kristie
April 1, 2013

Houndstooth CoffeeThe second Houndstooth Coffee is open for business and it is in the heart of downtown Austin. The newest store on Congress Avenue, at the southwest corner of the Frost Bank Tower, was originally home to Seattle’s Best and later, Texenza. h+uo partner, Randall Owen, along with architect, Kelly Stephenson worked with Houndstooth owner, Sean Henry to infuse the Houndstooth brand on the former coffee shop space.

Keeping in mind Houndstooth’s tagline, “the pattern of coffee and people,” Owen translated the Houndstooth owner’s story of coffee and its processing for the inspiration behind the design, the choice of materials and the color palette. In one example he salvaged the existing pendant lights, with their small red globes, and clustered them to resemble the hanging coffee cherries before they are picked. He then integrated the coffee cherry red and green colors into the interior color scheme.

White-washed and rustic reclaimed oak is the primary natural material on the interior that blends well with the other earthy colors throughout. The warm interior space is complemented with custom wood and steel furniture by local furniture maker Brian Chilton. The experience is extended to the outdoors onto the covered patio with more of the same dark stained wood tables and stools. The new Frost Tower location is truly a prime place for Austinites to make Houndstooth part of their daily routine.

h+uo is experienced in working with existing restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars that are seeking both a new design and customer experience. If you or someone you know is looking to improve or move their retail or restaurant location or has plans to create something new, let us know how we can help. We’d love the opportunity to offer our services and share with you our hospitality experience.


Repurposing the Reich Barn into a Modern Home

Posted in Company News by Kristie
March 6, 2013

h+uo is a big fan of Heritage Restorations. This company locates, dismantles and inventories, restores and re-erects historic timber frame buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries including barns, houses, hand-hewn log cabins and mills. These time-tested, hand-crafted structures are finished with modern space-planning, energy-efficient systems and more technically advanced materials to make beautiful and unique homes, guest houses, commercial spaces and modern barns. We have been fortunate enough to be a part of the design process on many of their projects including the recently completed River Hill Ranch House.

h+uo Partner Randall Owen worked alongside Heritage Restorations Design/Project Manager Greg Godsey to repurpose this historic barn. After nearly two years of working within the limitations and around the inherent challenges of transforming a venerable structure into a modern home, the resurrection of the River Hill Ranch Home is finally complete. Owen and Godsey are currently collaborating to convert three other barns around Texas to be completed this year. To learn more about the amazing work Heritage Restorations is doing, visit their website.


SABIT Business Leaders Visit Austin M Station

Posted in Company News by Kristie
February 14, 2013
Tom Hatch speaking to SABIT business leaders

Tom Hatch speaking to SABIT business leaders

Business leaders of the 2012 SABIT Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Construction program made a special visit to Austin to see the new M-Station late last year. The goal of their visit was to promote the application of energy efficient principles and technologies in the construction industry in their home countries. The visit included a Q& A session with our Senior Partner, Tom Hatch, and a tour of the M-Station community.

With the help of a translator, the SABIT group inquired about the logistics and funding of the project. They were fascinated by the concept of a “nonprofit”– an organization model that is non-existent in their home countries. The leaders were very excited and enthusiastic about the project.

About M Station
M Station, a Foundation Communities Project, is a 150-unit affordable apartment community for working families in east Austin. This oblong 8.5 acre piece of land is long and narrow as it is located between a creek on the east and the Capital Metro light rail on the west. A green-built model of eco-friendly, transit-oriented development and affordable housing, M Station includes a childcare center, a Community Learning center with after-school programs and a computer lab open to the neighborhood. Residents also benefit from easy access to the MetroRail transit station, a great neighborhood school just a few blocks away, and the Children’s Museum Workshop and the Sustainable Food Center Kitchen and Gardens being built across the street. M Station is the first affordable multifamily community located in the MLK transit-oriented district (TOD), the first LEED for Homes multifamily project in Austin, and the first multifamily LEED for Homes Platinum community in Texas.

About SABIT Program
The SABIT Program facilitates numerous professional relationships between economic decision-makers from both the U.S. and Eurasia. SABIT is a division of the Department of Commerce Market Access and Compliance unit. To learn more about their organization, click here.

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