Guesthouse East
Exterior and Interior Remodel

Guesthouse East

Austin, Texas
Project scope
Exterior and Interior Remodel
Project size
1,330 sq ft duplex

We gave this 1920’s structure a full update. Originally a boarding house, the building was later converted into a duplex with up- and downstairs units. When we began the design process, the rooms were uninspiring with bland finishes, a dark stair, and an awkward hall that linked the two bedrooms. We worked with our client remotely to honor the building’s historic character while accommodating modern living. These photos showcase the 636 sq. ft. upstairs unit, which serves as a guesthouse and rental.

We fully updated the small kitchen, complete with new cabinetry and Miele appliances. Banquette seating was added to the kitchen space providing a cozy gathering area in a once underutilized corner of the kitchen.

Retro blue shades were selected for cabinetry, doors, and trim through out the unit. In addition, we kept the original hardwood floors in place and left them untouched.

We designed both bedrooms to have their own character and personality. In the larger bedroom, we focused on a wildflower theme in a nod to the Austin landscape.

Unit A’s bathroom is very small and doesn’t provide much room for getting ready for the day. So we added vanities in both bedrooms to create a dedicated space for getting dressed. The layered finishes and fixtures all came together to create this fun and handsome dressing vanity.

The dark stair hall was re-imagined with a new wainscot, an elegant mirror, and these graphical decals.

We fully transformed this teeny, tiny bath with the remodel. Bright white paint and subway tile serve as the backdrop to these darling blue hex floor tiles. And we hung the shower curtain from a beaded chain both to let in additional light and to provide a more aesthetic alternative to the standard curtain rod.

We filled this smaller bedroom with rust and gold tones and included cactus embroidery that makes for playful, unexpected wall art.

Thanks to:
Builder - Matthew C. Elliot Design Build
Photography - Leonid Furmansky
For going the extra mile - the talented Pluck Team

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