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When architect Harmony Grogan found a cozy 1936 bungalow tucked in Austin’s Zilker neighborhood a decade ago, the only thing she saw was potential.
Living with the changing light of the day is a new way of life for Randy and Julie Stevens. So, the Stevens asked Austin-based Jackson & McElhaney Architects — Mike McElhaney, AIA, and Robert Jackson, FAIA — to make their renovated home “open and airy.”
It’s probably safe to say that most home buyers would run away from a tired, old, abandoned house riddled with fire damage. But for San Antonio architect Cotton Estes and her husband Mike Long, a builder and craftsman, this Dignowity Hill home was perfect.
This Spanish Colonial ranch-style home was originally built by the founders of the La Quinta Inn chain of hotels.
It’s been dubbed “The Little Alsace of Texas.” But to those early European settlers all the way to the current residents of this historical gem, it’s just called home.
A raging storm roiled down the Blanco River on Memorial Day weekend in 2015, dropping more than a foot of rain, sending a 40-foot wall of water cascading through the Wimberley area, destroying 350 homes and claiming 13 lives in the worst flash flood to hit Central Texas in a generation. But people are rebuilding, on higher ground, and with extreme flood-preparedness in mind.