Reverent Texas Renovation – Fine Homebuilding

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Written By Jim J Neal

Jay Corder renovated a Frank Welch-designed house. Jay Corder approached it with respect and an appreciation for his work. Jay Corder also took into consideration the needs of the client. Jay Corder’s love of cooking, entertaining, and the need to be a father of Texas regional modernism. It is a carefully restored revival of Welch’s original vision, with a distinct modernist feel.
The house had to be stripped down to its bones for the renovation. All signature Welch gestures, such as concrete columns, a simple roof on top of an orthogonal volume and tight detailing, and receding covered terraces, were retained and refined. Modern materials that are more durable and regionally-oriented carry the design forward. New fenestration schemes allow for larger windows and interconnected spans of glass, blurring the line between outside and inside.
Kasey McCarty, interior designer, created a scheme that used modern materials to brighten the interiors and remove some of the 1990s-vintage weight. McCarty and Corder reduced and simplified the details in order to strengthen the house’s visual and literal connections with the land. The house’s central hub is the kitchen, which is flanked by the two living areas and the dining area. It was crucial to open the kitchen to allow the structure of the house come to the forefront.

Architect Jay Corder and Travis Habersaat, Jay Corder Architect, Interior designer Kasey McCarty Interior Design, Location Lampasas, Texas Photos Chase Daniel

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