A university professor bought an outdated property for herself and her nine-year-old daughter with the intention of creating a contemporary space. While the rest of the homes in this Southeast Austin neighborhood were mostly comprised of midcentury ranch styles, this owner had something else in mind: she wanted a place that was modern, and could also remain timeless for decades to come. But that wasn't her only challenge. She approached un.box studio with a limited budget, and so the firm and Melde Construction decided to work around the existing frame to control costs. They kept the kitchen in the same location — which minimized running new electrical, plumbing, and gas lines — and tore down a wall to open the floor plan. Once that was finished, the team installed a sliding glass door in the midst of untouched window frames to better unify the site's indoor and outdoor areas. And when it was time for interior designers Maryl Georgi and Villa Rustica to furnish the house, they intertwined restored vintage items with new pieces to create a look that wasn't tied to a certain era. The result is charmingly retro and exceeding modern, thanks to a light palette that's paired with warm, natural woods.