Turning a Tiny Cottage Into a Two-Story Modern Farmhouse
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:
Hard to believe it’s the same place!
Here’s what you see when you step inside today:
It’s now 2,200 square feet.
They worked with Element Five Architecture on this project.
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.
The gorgeous floors are 100-year-old reclaimed longleaf pine.
There are lots of great built-in spaces throughout the house like these shelves on the upstairs landing:
The master bedroom has a painted brick wall and plenty of windows:
A sliding barn door opens to reveal the master bath:
I have this tile on my bathroom floor and love it but never would’ve thought to take it up the walls like this!
They restored a 100-year-old clawfoot tub that was salvaged from another house they remodeled:
The Kitchen Before:
The kitchen is a showstopper with teal-blue cabinets and extra-tall windows:
She says they wanted to incorporate a mix of farmhouse + modern + organic elements.
The living room fireplace is wrapped in shiplap:
You’ll find some in the powder room, too:
They used rift-sawn white oak for the walls in the den:
The house sits on a narrow 3,000 square-foot lot in Clarksville, an area founded by freedman Charles Clark in 1871.
It’s the oldest surviving post-Civil War freedomtown west of the Mississippi River.
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!
P.S. Visit my Before & After page to see more, including another project of theirs:
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