SPRING HOME & GARDEN TOUR
Houston Heights Association Rolls Out the Red Carpet
By Susie Tommaney
Photos by Gary Fountain
Who wouldn’t want to live in the historic Houston Heights district, with those magnificent Victorian homes that feature expansive porches, old phone nooks, stained glass and other architectural details that relied on skilled artisans and craftspersons? We can’t all live there but the next best thing is the annual Spring Home & Garden Tour on April 6-7, giving us an all-access pass to five amazing homes.
THE SEEBURGER HOME, 734 ARLINGTON
It took vision to see the potential in this neglected 1915 bungalow that had been vacant for years, lacking all utilities and with its front porch wrapped in a steel cage. Amy and Dave Seeburger took the plunge and, after a lengthy design and build process, they and their three children are enjoying this magnificent home that embraces the past. Original hardwood floors, multiple phone nooks and wall cabinets, shiplap, a salvaged leaded glass window, and 100-year-old doors ensure that history lives on.
THE JOHN HOME, 1539 RUTLAND
We’re not embarrassed to say that we’re completely in love with Kelli and Scott John’s magical garden. Having fond memories of their time living in Surrey, the Johns drew inspiration from those English gardens with flagstone steps, inviting plants, and an intimate courtyard. It’s even scarier to think that this charming Victorian was on the verge of being torn down, but HDT builders brought it back to life. Now these empty nesters enjoy mornings and evenings in the garden and an infinitely shorter commute.
THE NETHERLAND HOME, 1238 WAVERLY
If you get a laid back, beachy vibe from this 1920 bungalow, it’s because homeowners Kristin and Houston Netherland infused elements they admired during trips to Seaside, Florida. A light color palette, wide plank oak floors, shiplap, a metal roof, and a charming white picket fence all combine to give that cheery, coastal feel. Renovations in 2013 and again in 2016 added space to the home, while the back yard features an outdoor playscape that works perfectly for their special needs daughter.
THE WOLFSHOHL HOME, 1427 WAVERLY
We were left breathless by this expansive, modern home owned by Amy and Joshua Wolfshohl. Staggered first and second floors offer unobstructed views of the side yard with its swimming pool and large green space for dog Harley, while a shady pergola covers the outdoor kitchen for endless seasons of brisket by the pool. The interiors are light and bright, with polished cement flooring and a cool, Scandinavian vibe. The open concept first floor seamlessly blends dining, kitchen and living spaces.
THE WEST HOME, 807 WEST 13TH
Nothing could be finer than sitting in a rocker on the front porch of this 1940s bungalow. Susie and Harvey West lived in the home for a few years before deciding how best to expand; Harvey always felt it reminded him of his childhood home in central Texas. The couple managed to more than double its space while still keeping it a single-story structure, and have integrated some unique architectural details: standing seam metal roof, stained glass gable windows, and rainwater collection tanks.
For more information about the Houston Heights Association’s 2019 Spring Home & Garden Tour, call 713-861-4002 or visit www.houstonheights.org
Tickets are available at these locations; advance tickets are $20 through April 4 at:
• Buchanan’s Native Plants, 713-861-5702, 611 East 11th, buchanansplants.com
• Jubilee, 713-869-5885, 325 West 19th, jubileeintheheights.com
• Noted Design Co., 346-802-4866, 1901 Lawrence, www.noteddesignco.com
Purchase tickets during the tour for $25, or retrieve advance tickets purchased online, at Houston Heights Fire Station, 713-861-4002, 107 West 12th at Yale, open April 6-7 from noon to 6 p.m.