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HausBar Farms Selected for AIA Homes Tour!

Posted in Company News by Kristie
May 23, 2013

Master House

We have just received notification that one of our newly completed residential projects has been selected for this year’s AIA Homes Tour!  

As part of the selection process, a large group of AIA committee members visited the East Austin residence and adjoining gardens, known as HausBar Farms and owned by Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann.  Principal partner, Tom Hatch, and architect, Kelly Stephenson represented h+uoat the site visit. Tom shared some early concept sketches and Kelly discussed the highlights of design as well as the owners’ dedication to realizing their dream of running a completely sustainable urban farm. Congregating in the fully- equipped outdoor kitchen, committee members provided lots of positive feedback on the flow of the floor plan and the strong connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Afterward, they had a great time meeting some of the animals such as Gustavo the goose and Julian and Rosie, the resident donkeys.


The 2013 AIA Homes Tour will take place November 2-3, 2013.  Each year the tour showcases new and newly-renovated homes designed by talented Austin architects.   For more information about the AIA Homes Tour, visit http://www.aiahomestour.com/


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.

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