Zilker Park “Modern Victorian” New Build – For Sale

Architecture/ Design: Joseph Design Build

Builder: Revent Builds

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We are extremely excited to embark on our first collaboration with Joseph Design Build on this first-of-its-kind custom home which we are titling “The Modern Victorian.” John has always had a passion for late 19th century to early 20th-century architecture and noticed while restoring Victorian-style homes has always been popular, there aren’t any new Victorian homes being built. He had the thought of combining all of the beauty of 19th-century Victorian style with all of the advancements of new age construction. The vision was materialized by John but brought to life by Joseph Design Build. This home incorporates Victorian design elements inside and out while embodying modern building technology for energy efficiency, smart home capability, and long-lasting construction materials and methods.

The home is four bedrooms, three baths, with a two-car garage, a pool, and is just shy of 3,200 sq ft. The exterior of the home is centered around a cupola with a convex roofline. The use of gables, dormers, octagonal bay window sets with grids, and circular accent windows pronounces the Victorian style. The front porch was a must as it is a staple to Victorian style. To add a modern touch, the front porch roof is curved and cantilevered by way of structural steel. Clean fascia lines across the house and scattered flat rooflines work with the Victorian style but add a modern touch. We used a custom architectural steel railing on the front porch, and steel columns on either side of the garage. The garage is essential to any modern-day home. We went with an insulated smooth steel garage door which is great for energy efficiency and is commonly seen in modern homes and its simplicity works well with our design. The exterior is a mix of Hardie artisan series siding, black brick, and fish scale cedar shingle accents at the rear of the home. The main roof is a metal standing seam, while the cupola is zinc diamond-shaped scales. Large windows are categorically modern. We wanted to keep the front elevation looking Victorian with many modest-sized windows while the rear of the home is adorned with large picture windows off the kitchen and dining. The dining window wraps the corner of the house looking into the backyard. There is a 15ft wide by 10ft tall sliding glass unit off the main living area.

Upon walking through the front door you enter into a fully paneled foyer hall with 12″ baseboards and paneled walls present throughout the home. To the right is a built-in bookcase serving a hidden door to the office activated by pulling a book. Just to the left of the bookcase is the door to the first-floor bath which is integrated into the wall paneling with a hidden soss door hinge. The office is fully cladded floor to ceiling in walnut. The first-floor bath is accessible from the hall for guests while being accessible from the office for a private ensuite bath. The floors throughout the home are oak. As you walk from the foyer toward the living, the wall paneling wraps around the corner and up the stairs. The bottom three stairs are custom curved treads. Across from the stairs is the dining room with a custom steel and glass wall with integrated French doors. Moving on to the living room the fireplace surround is honed marble mitered in three tiers which create a stair-stepping detail. Above the fireplace is walnut-paneled. Custom cabinetry is built-in on either side of the fireplace. The kitchen has a 10ft wide by 3.5ft deep island and floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry matching our wall panel detail. The countertops are polished Arabescato marble throughout the kitchen, butler’s pantry, and bar. There is a 48in wolf range with double ovens built into a range alcove and a 42in SubZero fridge integrated into the cabinetry. Off the kitchen are the utility room and butler’s pantry which can be accessed from the kitchen or garage. One wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is dedicated to the pantry which has another countertop for kitchen appliances or workspace with a built-in microwave. The other wall of cabinetry is dedicated to the laundry which has a countertop and utility sink. Outside the butler’s pantry, there is a separate bar pantry with upper and lower cabinetry and wine bottle storage enclosed in floor to ceiling divided glass framed in steel matching the dining room entry. Going upstairs the wall paneling continues into the master bedroom. The spacious master has its own fireplace with a honed Pietra Gray marble surrounding it. The master bath has snow frost tile on the floor which continues into the shower and tub alcove. The vanity countertop is Arabescato marble which wraps the backsplash. The vanity mirrors sit on top of walnut paneling which carries through the tub alcove. In the tub alcove there sits a clawfoot freestanding tub. The shower is a full steam system enclosed with the third set of full glass and steel. There is a transom above the door to allow the steam to escape. The master suite includes a grand walk-in closet with a separate long-term storage closet. The home has ample storage space with another large storage closet under the stairs. The rest of the upstairs includes a large game and playroom with two additional bedrooms. The upstairs bath is close by with a drop-in tub and large bench to sit while bathing young children.

Some other features to note in the home are full green and energy-efficient systems such as 26 SEER variable speed HVAC systems with dehumidifiers and UV lights to kill bacteria and spores, a tankless water heater, and encapsulated envelope with foam insulation. The whole home is wired for internet, audio, video, security, and cameras with speakers installed throughout the home. The home includes smart technology to control lighting, audio, garage door, front door lock, pool equipment, and more operable from a phone or tablet. These features are completely upgradeable and customizable.

Home construction is currently in progress. Current gallery photos are artist renditions. Gallery will be updated as the house is completed.

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