Nick Deaver House

Nick Deaver House
September 13, 2016

Architect: Nick Deaver Architect
Woodwork: Honea Woodworks
Kitchen Island: NIERIDESIGN
Wood Ceilings: Risinger Homes

Benchtop: Quartz countertop by caesarstone
Handles: Alexander Marchant
Appliances: Fisher & Paykel

Architect Nick Deaver has created a beautiful home in Austin Texas that is detailed and crafted to perfection. Careful consideration has been given to emphasis and enable the family’s time together and connect to the outdoors. Alignment of the architect and client’s belief in designing for the right size and not overbuilding has resulted in an appropriately scaled and thoughtful home.

When they were looking for an architect to create a modern home for their young family, the owners of this new house near Austin, Texas happened to come across Nick Deaver in a book called Not So Big House. Fortuitously, Deaver turned out to be based in Austin as well, and his practice champions the same principles of sustainable design and matching house size to need that were close to his clients’ hearts.


The property, situated in Rollingwood, an established, leafy township just outside Austin, had a landscape of generous lawns, large oaks and maple trees. Much of the design was dictated by the owners’ desire for the house to connect to the outdoors, in particular the balconies on the upstairs bedrooms and the open-plan layout of the kitchen and living spaces, which flow seamlessly out into the garden.

As part of his overall space-efficient approach, Deaver designed the kitchen and living areas as a combined work and entertaining zone. The kitchen is differentiated from the rest of the room by the beauty of its timber detailing, catering to dinner parties as well as everyday family breakfasts.


Deaver’s intentions to create clarity and simplicity within the kitchen led him to Fisher & Paykel appliances. “We have a similar design philosophy,” he says. “There is a clear discipline and attention to the line of the appliances, with their nice square edges, that allowed us to integrate them easily into the straight-edged geometries of this kitchen.” The architect wanted a strong, minimal materials palate of raw and stainless steel to complement the warm tones of the surrounding wood. The stainless steel appliances are balanced by the steel backsplash and hood, creating a cohesive composition throughout. “We chose to use stainless steel appliances early on,” he says. “The material is so serviceable, so it’s perfect for someone who does a lot of cooking and cleaning. In this kitchen, the materials were reduced down to just wood and stainless steel with their basic qualities highlighted.”

For more images and design detail on this project click HERE.

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