Our clients purchased this site high on a ridge overlooking Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge. The property came with a house which proved ill-matched to their needs but which nestled neatly amid beautiful live oaks.
McKinney York Architects
McKinney York Architects was founded in Austin in 1983 as Heather H. McKinney Architects when Heather was asked to design a house for two high school friends. That first project, The Canyon House, earned the highest design honor from AIA Austin, establishing a standard of excellence that continues in the firm.
In 1996, the firm incorporated as McKinney Architects and since has added two principals: Al York, AIA and Michelle Rossomando, AIA. In 2008, to better reflect the collaborative nature of the practice and to acknowledge Al’s contributions to the success of the firm, the name was changed to McKinney York Architects.
McKinney York Architects is now firmly established as a leading general practice firm in Texas with expertise across the full spectrum of building types from residential to institutional. To each project we bring our enthusiasm and our collaborative design process that draws inspiration equally from the clients’ aspirations, the project program, and the unique qualities of the site. The results are timeless designs that are remarkably free from a signature style and responsive to their context.
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