When the clients approached Michele Lorenz, Ashby Collective, to reinvent their Lake Austin waterfront home they conveyed the importance of creating a refuge that allowed for a multitude of outdoor spaces. With the homeowners main residence being in Idaho, the Austin warm weather lifestyle was important to them. There was some question at first on whether to scrape the existing home or undergo a major renovation. The team landed on a space in between. The home was taken down to studs and underwent the addition of a motorcycle garage and then fully reimagined to what you see today.
The couple wanted an approachable, timeless design, suited for a summer lake house. They asked Michele for a ‘boutique hotel vibe’ with carefree elegance. She implemented ‘Big Sky Country’ touches in the design – a nod to the homeowners primary residence. The ceiling throughout the residence (indoor and out) is cypress, the design team spent a great deal of time on the stain process, ensuring it captured a ‘golden hour’ glow. The kitchen features double islands in Phyton Blue honed marble pulling together a sleek modern design with a rustic finish. The glass box office provides a quiet place to work with a view of the lake and rest of the house. The dining table was custom made by Mockingbird with chairs from Sossego Design. Michele choose Benjamin Moore’s White Heron for the walls and ceiling providing a calming, retreat like vibe.