Cool People Doing Cool Things : Lucky Fish Designs

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We caught up with our client turned good friend, Adam Saltzer, Owner of Lucky Fish Designs – a custom furniture and woodworking business, to talk all things South Austin, carpentry and home renovation. Although we’ve known Adam for a little over a year, it seems like he has always been our South Austin neighbor. And with a career in furniture design and woodworking, we instantly hit it off.

In the beginning of 2017, after completing an intensive hand-tool woodworking program in Washington, Adam, along with his girlfriend and friend, packed up everything and headed to Austin... for the first time! It was a good decision, to say the least. After getting a feel for the 78745 and loving what he saw, Adam reached out to Gray for help establishing good ole’ Central Texas roots.

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“I met Gray through my girlfriend, Becca. She grew up with Gray and has multiple family members who used him to find their homes in South Austin. They all had great home buying experiences and had only good things to say about him. After learning he is a South Austin native, is active in the community, and dabbles in woodworking too, I knew I found my guy!”

Adam bought his property a few months ago and hasn’t looked back. He is busy building his company (from his garage), renovating his new home, and exploring all that South Austin has to offer.

“My favorite thing to do in South Austin is to go for a climb at Crux Climbing Gym and then walk over the 100 ft. to Cosmic Coffee and Beer to hang out. It’s such a cool space and such a great little community is built around that little nook off Pickle Rd.”

But Adam’s true passion is found in his work. It all started with a wood sculpture class he took back in college. He instantly fell in love with the concept of wood as an art medium, which eventually evolved into furniture design.

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“Furniture offers the chance to express oneself in nuanced ways while marrying both form and function.  At the end of the day, no matter how pretty your chair is, if it hurts to sit in it; you haven’t really made a good chair now have you?” says Adam.

The process, he continues, is all about listening to the client and getting a thorough feel for that client’s aesthetic. Adam can then take that information and turn it into a one-of-a-kind design made to suit the client’s lifestyle.

It’s this kind of personalized service and attention to detail that we love so much and that can only be found from local businesses like Lucky Fish Designs.

We think Adam put it perfectly. “There’s a profound sense of camaraderie. We’re all just here trying to find our way and have a good time doing it. We’ve got each others backs and work together to help accomplish our goals.”

Photos provided by Adam Saltzer

Check out Adam’s work and more by clicking here >>  www.luckyfishdesigns.com Instagram: @luckyfishdesigns







603 Davis Lane #1706 - Just Listed

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Experience luxury downtown living with calming eastward views in this spacious 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom condo. Head to the ground floor and you're in one of the top entertainment districts in Austin, Texas. The building is located in the heart of the Rainey Street District. This condo features high end amenities including resort style pool, gym and clubhouse.

If you would like to view this property or see others like it contact us today! 

Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI | 512.762.8187                                                                                                                                                     

Vlog: Gray & Air's Block Party 4

Hey friends. Our final Block Party for 2017 video is here. We are so thankful for the support from our friends, family and community during the four summer block parties. It was truly a special time and we hope those of you who attended enjoyed the recap videos.

A big shout out to all of our cosponsors- Gray & Air,  Thicket, ATX, Jason Lewis @ Supreme Lending, Wells Solar & Electrical Services, Mana Management, LiveOak Photo Booth

Thank you to all the vendors for participating in the raffle: Level Up ATX, Granny's Kitchen, SOCO Burgers, Don Parrillon, Revolution Vegan Kitchen, Gyros GR, Dragon Delight 

10 Things We Love About Lajitas Hideaway

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Hey everyone! If you follow along with us on our blog you might have seen the sneak peek  of this gorgeous house, which has now gone live and listed on MLS (Multiple Listing Service). If you're new to the party, we are glad to have you. Today, we would like to share with you 10 things we LOVE about Lajitas Hideaway. There is quite a lot to see but we broke it down to 10 truly noteworthy highlights of this property. We would love to know your favorites! Comment in link below and we hope you enjoy this post!

1. Modern Kitchen with Darling Details: This kitchen boasts smart and thoughtful design with ample storage and low profile appliances. One truly unique aspect is the hand crafted tile backsplash. Yep, you heard right! Each tile you see on the wall was hand crafted to give this modern kitchen a touch of warmth and old world charm.

2. Smart Home: Think of your smart phone as a remote control for this smart home. Need to turn on lights? There's and app. Want to turn on the pool features? There's and app for that. Yeah, feels great to hold the power of your home in your hand. :)

3.  Eco-Friendly: Harness the power of the rain in the eco-friendly home. With 8000 gallon rain water tanks that connect to the yards irrigation system, you can truly "Make it rain". Lajitas Hideaway was also designed to be energy efficient  with Carrier's- Green Speed Energy Efficient variable speed HVAC system, Insulated Garage doors and a back up water tank supply located in the garage. 

4. Natural light: We're suckers for natural light and this home has incredible windows and extra wide glass paneled doors that encourages soft natural light all day long. If you do choose to turn on a light or two, might we suggest the Tom Dixon lighting in the entry way or the Modo Chandelier by Roll and Hill over the dining table. 

5. Luxe Magazine approved: We love a good pin worthy bathroom and Luxe Magazine knows good design when they see it. That gorgeous black and white powder bath was featured in the September 2016 issue. See for yourself here: https://issuu.com/sandow-media/docs/az_lx35_digital/246

6. Max Air Trampoline: This in ground trampoline sits on the left side of the yard and invites guests to bounce, jump and flip on it's bouncy surface. What's we found super cool was that it is ground level which make bouncing easy for the whole family. MaxAir describes their products as: "A unique combination of our jumbo-sized super springs and our two-string technology allows the bouncer to jump up to 20 feet high, five times higher than traditional circular black bed trampolines, while making it easier on the athlete's body." 

Gray tested, Air approved! 

7. Dog Friendly: We love our pups and this house had furry friends in mind with a built in dog door in the laundry room that allows the pups to come in and out as often as they please! Sleek design and thoughtful accessibility for our four legged friends. 

8. European White Oak:  We are firm believers that the right flooring can truly transform a space and we are gaga over this wide plank, european white oak flooring. This flooring feels timeless- so change your furniture, switch out the rugs, let your style evolve with you and never worry about the floors clashing. Did we mention that the upstairs has rubber dampened sub flooring to keep upstairs feet quiet from downstairs entertaining. 

9. Built in Storage- If you are like us you aim to live the minimalist lifestyle but also like stuff,  then the storage solutions at Lajitas would be right up your alley. At Lajitas there is large built ins for all your books, trinkets and baskets. There is also several low profile closets with enough storage for wrapping paper, old coats or mementos you just are not quite ready to give up or get rid of. With smart storage like this, items seem purposeful and organized. 

10. Designed by Tim McIntyre- Thoughtful design in any house is key! We love the overall feel and design of Lajitas Hideaway created masterfully by Tim McIntrye and Associates. 

Photography by Jenna McElroy