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business in front and party in back.  Heather Street was an infill duplex conversion and an exercise in mixing old with new. The existing house on Heather Street, 1945 cottage home, (now unit A) had been recently updated and was not included in our scope of work. Our task was to attach a 1800 SF modern duplex addition in the back given a limited building area/budget. The site dictated a small ground floor footprint with the majority of living on the second level. The city of Austin had a seemingly unfortunate angulated drainage easement that provided a bit of opportunity with the floor plan; a skewed box with a cantilevered kitchen over the carport gave the exterior form the identity needed to separate it from the modulated street front; luckily the second level living views were among the existing tree canopy which created a calming environment.