Look: Modern and Affordable Residential Architecture

Look: Modern and Affordable Residential Architecture

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 8, 2008

With the number of gorgeous modern homes going up in Austin (and the rest of the country) it's easy to think modern architecture might only be in the reach of a select few. Clean lines, shiny materials and big expanses of glass windows could certainly lead one to believe so. And while some modern architecure is decidedly pricey, there are a handful of Austin architects working toward making architecture more reachable by creating inspiring and affordable designs. Read about three of them after the jump...

Principle Chris Krager started KRDB in 2001 to create gorgeous modern architecture that could be accessible to all. Holding a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas, Krager's style is modern and unmistakable. Since the beginning, KRDB's produced both small single residence homes and larger mixed used projects. With innovative materials and even better design, KRDB is helping shape the landscape of Austin with style and affordability.

Studio Robbins Dempsey is run by Amy Robbins Dempsey, who earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. While partnered with John Beckham of Beckham Design Build, she helped create the ultra-affordable East Side home for Andy and Regina Rihn, which was featured in an issue of Dwell.

Architect M.J. Neal may be known for his larger, stunning specimens of modern home design, but he's also been working on affordable and inspiring homes, too. His recent work, set in Cleburne, Texas, uses industrial materials to create a simple but surprizingly large home. The price tag is a shocker (in a good way).

Tell us about your favorite modern and affordable architecture in Austin. Who are the designers and architects you're inspired by? Let us know!

[Photo credit: KRDB home taken from KRDB website; Studio Dempsey Robbins photos taken from SDR website and Dwell Magazine's website (photo by Misty Keasler); M.J. Neal photos from Dwell Magazine, photos by Jack Thompson]

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