This family studio was added onto a 1953 brick house that overlooks the limestone banks of Shoal Creek. The multi-purpose room is used for homeschooling, making music, graphic work, drawing, and crafts, as well as a fun place for the family to gather. A functional storage and utility room doubles as a half bath and is outfitted with an outdoor shower, making the whole space usable for a weekend guest.
A concrete proscenium offers an opportunity for impromptu stage sets. This threshold allowed us to expose the wood grain of the pine walls beyond the concrete structure and paint bright white walls throughout the rest of the room. Two portholes, built using steel pipe sections and cut glass, peek out to the outdoor shower and bring light along the concrete desk surface.
We wanted to encourage the truly messy and destructive nature of creativity, so the desk, stairs and floor are all poured out of concrete. The owners fashioned the handrail and some of the shelving details out of galvanized plumbing pipe for a handmade feel.