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Grover Residence, Austin, Texas

Construction on this 2,400-square-foot designbuild project began after the completion of a large lot subdivision with the city of Austin, and required all new utilities during construction.

In addition to a spatially expansive interior, design-builder Universal Joint Design Associates incorporated both north and south facing 400-squarefoot roof decks, 800 square feet of covered outdoor living space on the ground floor and two huge cantilevered master bedroom window spaces.

In front, there is a street-facing covered front porch off the master bedroom and a sculptural storage room on the ground floor that the clients anointed, "il Ferro Tartaruga," or the steel turtle, which is outfitted for a future Jacuzzi. The space is a built experiment of the firm's research into parametric modeling, planarization routines and digital fabrication. All of the steel was modeled in 3-D, allowing it to be all shop cut with no in-field cuts. Alamo Iron Works Inc. supplied the steel for the project, which was delivered to the site pre-cut based on the take-off from the digital model.

A super minimalist approach leveraged the structural engineering into creating extraordinary outdoor spaces, while a compact plan allows the indoors to naturally brush up against the building envelope and outside spaces.

Design-builder: Universal Joint Design Associates, Austin
Structural steel: Alamo Iron Works Inc., San Antonio,

Grover ResidenceGrover Residence, Austin, Texas