Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher

Backyard Art Studio

Architects: McKinney York Architects
Project: Backyard Art Studio
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Photography: Brian Mihealsick

This backyard art studio was created for a retired art teacher who still loves to create art and share the experience with her two daughters. Her home did not provide adequate guest quarters, so the art studio doubles as a guest/pool house that sleeps four – two in a loft and two more in a queen murphy bed. The back of the murphy bed, along with two other walls in the studio, were clad in a thin layer of painted metal, creating magnetized boards on which to hang art.

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher

A library ladder runs the perimeter of the studio, providing access to the loft beds and canvas storage. By moving the column supporting the porch roof out of the plane of the walls, the sliding glass doors can retract to create an uninterrupted, 16-foot wide opening to the outdoors.

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 2

The material palette merged the client’s appreciation of materials that change and patina over time with nods to the main house and the historic context of the neighborhood. Rusted steel panels accent the exterior’s more traditional horizontal Hardie siding, and a copper countertop provides an additional dynamic material inside. In keeping with the art studio theme, we selected a handmade tile for the backsplash by a local artist in central Texas.

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 3

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 4

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 5

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 6

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 7

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 8

Backyard Art Studio Designed for a Retired Art Teacher 9

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Bluebonnet Townhomes by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and built by Abode Modern Homes, the Bluebonnet Townhomes truly encompass the spirit of South Austin. Floor to ceiling custom windows were fashioned on-site, and a 20-ft slider opens to a grassy green just off the open concept living and dining area.

Triangular Shape Tiny House by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG has just announced Bjarke built an triangular shape tiny house. Called A45, the first prototype already in place in the Catskills, in upstate New York, was constructed by Klein. The idea behind the project was to create a house that could be fully customisable both inside and outside, with the small structure having the ability to be fully built on a functional site within just four – six months.

Dance of geometry and color in the bathroom

A dance of geometry and color describes the outstanding interiors of Brani & Desi.  Branimira and Desislava Ivanova, two Bulgarian young designers, succeed to...

The Elements House in Hampshire by AR Design Studio

The Elements is a private new build house in Hampshire, completed in early 2017 by Winchester based architects AR Design Studio. Adjacent to the stunning River Hamble and its popular marina, it is nestled within meadows rich in native wildlife.

Bakery Place – Victorian Bakery Buildings Converted into 12 High-End Homes

Located between Falcon Park and Clapham Common, Bakery Place is the latest residential scheme from Jo Cowen Architects, designed for developers West Eleven. A...

Essendon House – Refurbishment and Extension by Lai Cheong Brown

Essendon House is a refurbishment and extension project completed by Australian studio Lai Cheong Brown. From the architect: Developed from a schematic design the clients had...