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Turning a Tiny Cottage Into a Two-Story Modern Farmhouse

Ave B Cottage BEFORE reno in Austin

When a reader named Katie sent me photos of the house she and her husband Jeff expanded and remodeled in Austin, all I could say was WOW. It started out as a tiny 565-square-foot cottage in the Clarksville Historic District, but they turned it into a two-story with modern farmhouse style. Here’s how it looks now:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
Hard to believe it’s the same place!

Interior of Ave B Cottage BEFORE reno Austin
Here’s what you see when you step inside today:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
It’s now 2,200 square feet.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
They worked with Element Five Architecture on this project.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
Katie explains:

While the original structure dating back to 1920 was in poor shape, historic guidelines required that we incorporate it into the new house. The house is a really unique blend of modern, farmhouse, and traditional with high ceilings, open concept living, and vibrant pops of color.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
 The gorgeous floors are 100-year-old reclaimed longleaf pine.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
There are lots of great built-in spaces throughout the house like these shelves on the upstairs landing:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
The master bedroom has a painted brick wall and plenty of windows:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
A sliding barn door opens to reveal the master bath:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
I have this tile on my bathroom floor and love it but never would’ve thought to take it up the walls like this!

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
They restored a 100-year-old clawfoot tub that was salvaged from another house they remodeled:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
The Kitchen Before:

Interior of Ave B Cottage BEFORE reno Austin
The kitchen is a showstopper with teal-blue cabinets and extra-tall windows:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
She says they wanted to incorporate a mix of farmhouse + modern + organic elements.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
The living room fireplace is wrapped in shiplap:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
You’ll find some in the powder room, too:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
They used rift-sawn white oak for the walls in the den:

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
The house sits on a narrow 3,000 square-foot lot in Clarksville, an area founded by freedman Charles Clark in 1871.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin
It’s the oldest surviving post-Civil War freedomtown west of the Mississippi River.

Modern Farmhouse Ave B Reno Austin

Katie and Jeff Bullard own the remodeling firm Avenue B Development, and you can see more of their work on their site. Photo credit Casey Fry. This is their personal home — many thanks to them for sharing it with us!

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P.S. Visit my Before & After page to see more, including another project of theirs:

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