CUTTING EDGE DESIGN
BEC Engineers and Consultants Presents the 2019 Modern Home Tour
By Natalie de la Garza
Houston once again becomes a city-wide gallery as the Modern Architecture + Design Society returns for its 9th Annual Modern Home Tour.
“Everybody that is participating, whether it’s the architect, the builder, or the designer, is there to show their work and hopefully help you with yours,” says MA+DS vice president Ken Shallcross.
Come with questions and, remember, there is a strict no-shoes-inside policy. So wear your slip-ons, because Shallcross says this year there are eight homes you won’t want to miss.
Though the good-sized balcony might first catch the eye of tour-goers at the elevated, split-level home on Jonathan Street, a trip inside will reveal an impressive five bedroom, four bath, open concept living space and inner courtyard. Origin Architects thoughtfully designed the home, a post-Harvey rebuild, not just for its human owners but also its feline residents, with a dedicated cat room and cat shelves.
Located just one block from Emancipation Park on Saint Emanuel is a C-shaped structure designed by refuGe Design Studio with an eye toward privacy. The interior space opens toward an exterior large enough for a pool, and the structure’s orientation allows for plenty of sun.
Clean lines and limestone walls can be found at the studioMET Architects-designed home on University Boulevard. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in natural light, the open concept interior boasts five interconnected rooms, and a front entry courtyard that wraps around the façade creates a bounded play area for young children.
On a small lot on West 21st Street with three towering trees, Charles Todd Helton Architect, Inc. designed a unique, equally tall four-story structure with a tree house feel and a terrace view of downtown Houston and the Medical Center. Read our companion story in this month’s issue.
In The Galleria area tour-goers will get a little taste of Florida courtesy of Collaborative Design Group. The U-shaped Lampasas Street home features a completely screened in courtyard, a bridge connecting the two wings overlooking said courtyard, and a three-story fireplace.
On West 32nd Street in Garden Oaks, the efforts of 2Scale Architects to right-size a home for their clients, while accommodating their casual lifestyle and desire for defined spaces, led to zones of activity and a stretched out design, evidenced by a cottage-like master suite pulled away from the main house, leaving a unique outdoor living area between the two spaces.
Cape Cod comes to central Houston in MASA Studio Architects’ design on West Cowan. A double-volume stair foyer and window wall offer views of a centrally placed pool, and natural light fills the interconnected, open spaces downstairs.
The creation of two enclosed outdoor areas and the placement of vistas throughout the home on Glen Haven Boulevard, designed by Intexure Architects, blur the line between indoor and outdoor space, as do the detached guest pavilion and outdoor deck. Sustainability is also featured heavily, from the sourcing of local materials to the drought-tolerant landscaping.
9th Annual Houston MA+DS Modern Home Tour
September 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Glen Haven Boulevard
Intexure Architects, www.intexure.com
Ram Industries, www.ramwindows.com
Bosch Appliances, www.bosch-home.com/us
Collaborative Design Group – Architecture & Interiors LLC, cdgai.com
Hann Builders, hannbuilt.com
Madeval (cabinets), www.madeval.com
studioMET Architects, studiomet.com
Toner Home Matters, www.tonerhomematters.com
West 21st Street
Charles Todd Helton Architect, Inc., www.charlestoddhelton.com
R-Mac Engineering Co., www.rmacengineering.com
West 32nd Street
2Scale Architects, 2scalearch.com
Southland Homes of Texas, www.buildsouthland.com
Zone Nine Landscape & Design www.zoneninelandscape.com
Jane Page Design Group, www.janepagedesigngroup.com