Reverse Remodel

Reverse Remodel

A method, a process, a sequence…they all imply a systematic approach to reach a goal. Each has a starting point and an ending point linked with a number of interrelated steps. However, sometimes the starting point IS the end point because knowing what you want in the end inspires a beginning. That’s how this owner approached their remodel. During their BA period (BA = Before the Architect) they conceived a master plan and built a guest home, a storage barn, a garage with apartment, and all the infrastructure to serve them. They completed the master plan during the AA period (AA = After the Architect) and designed/built the main home. While most people would start with the main home and add the outbuildings, it shows one can create a successful project if you reverse the remodel.


Jonestown, TX (Designed 2011; Built 2014)


linear regression

Personalized remodel!


2,000 SF; 1BR, 1 BA, with large patio; 1-story

Client’s Style:

victorian-hill country


The Sketch, The Details, The Docs

Lifestyle Features:
  • special piano niche to display piano without sacrificing floor area
  • decorative pot hangar to display copper cookware
  • T-shaped island for function &┬ásocial gathering
  • built-in A/V components for easy access
Environment Solutions:
  • 2×6 frame/foam construction for super-insulated building envelope
  • Water catchment tank to irrigate
  • full-width porches for maximum outdoor cover & to shade windows
  • post-tensioned concrete foundation┬áto combat expansive soils
Community Influence
  • mirror existing home style and massing to feel part of the whole
  • complement other site buildings to fit in context
  • append existing infrastructure to maintain continuity

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