Crestview Residence

3-story 2,200 sf, single family home with two separate carports.


Wanguhu Residence Featured in Houzz Article


Hologram Technology in Architecture

Nick Mehl Architecture is exploring new ways to present designs to our client. We've recently created a hologram for one of our projects and it will be on display at the Ask an Architect event this Saturday, Oct. 22 at BoConcept downtown. We worked with Zebra Imaging who creates a three dimensional print onto a special kind of plastic sheet and with the use of a certain light source the hologram acheives it's 3D projection. The image shown he is just one of the many angles Zebra Imaging looks at when producing the hologram.


Ask an Architect

Nick Mehl Architecture will be one of 11 architects participating in the Ask an Architect event at BoConcept downtown, Oct. 22. Thinking of hiring an architect but have questions? Want to meet several architects at once? Hey, at least it's free coffee and discounted breakfast tacos!


The Move is Complete

Our office has moved to share an office space with five other architects in a centrally located 1950's retail space (see image). We're very excited to be working in a collaborative environment and this will offer new opportunities for accepting bigger projects.


Traditional Architecture

Some folks have asked to see examples of more traditional-style architecture by our office so here are some images of recent work in that genre.


Crestview House

This is our latest design to become a real building. Alex Pettit of Spring Builders is the general contractor. The design is very strictly traditional with extensive research into early 20th century architecture serving as the basis for the overall design and details. I should also admit that the owners have played a big part in actively selecting the interior finishes and I will post updates of the interior to show how nice it's looking.

If you'd like to see other residential architecture in Austin that we've done, please visit our website at www.nickmehl.com.


Building Types

Just returned from a few days vacation and the pause from work gave me a chance to reflect on business (I know I shouldn't be doing that). My specialty seems to be residential green design but do you ever wonder what commissions I would like to take other than single family homes - which I love to do, by the way? Here's a brief list:

1. Mixed-use neighborhood design. Not many people know, but urban neighborhood design was my concentration in grad school. Yes, architects design whole neighborhoods too, sometimes.
2. Mid-rise condominium project on the Texas Gulf Coast. My insurance company might not be too fond of this idea.
3. Catholic or Episcopal Church.
4. Small boutique hotel or inn.

I'll give a 5% discount onany projects like these that come in the door! (Just kidding)


Current Work

Here's a little sampling of work in progress in the office. The project featured is a 3000sf house on Lake LBJ about 50 miles from Austin. The house will feature a 14'-16' tall window wall of glass and steel facing the lake, radiant heated floors and a four car garage for the owner's vintage car collection.


Construction Financing Option

HUD offers a construction financing option that one of my clients is using. It's called a HUD 203(k) loan and it works really well with inner city single-family rehabilitation projects. That's not to say that the house must be renovated, in fact the house can be raised as long as part of one exterior wall and foundation is preserved. I have found that many of my clients could use this kind of loan.

Please go to this link to see the details of the loan. The loan distinquishes itself from conventional construction loans in that it requires just 3% down (most construction loans require 20% down), it's a single-closing, and I beleive there's a minimum 1-year commitment to occupy the property.

Please view Nick Mehl Architecture for designs in the austin area.