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BOLD INGENUITY

Heights Home Stands Out With Updated Look, Fresh Design
Story by Sam Byrd | Photos by James Leasure, Modern Architecture + Design Society

Amodern home in the Heights area might buck the trend of the neighborhood’s plentiful bungalows and vintage charm, but for the Walji-Raissian family, it was exactly what they wanted. They hired architect Charles Todd Helton to design a house on the land they owned and turn their wishes into a reality. Now that the family has realized their dream home, they’re opening the doors and sharing their 21st century abode as part of the MA+DS Modern Home Tour this month.

The four story home spans 3,800 square feet and towers over nearby structures, with an additional 42 inch raised foundation to accommodate the flood plain. Three existing trees were preserved on the lot and the end result is a uniquely noticeable home, thanks to ingenuity and bold choices.

“On the first floor, you can build up to a certain amount of feet close to the property line. On the second and third floors, you can overhang past those lines. [However,] you don’t want to build too close to the trees either,” says Charles Todd Helton.

Upon entry to the home, the foyer immediately stands out. The view straight up spans the first three floors — an idea the owners came up with as part of the design. The guest bedroom at the back of the house looks out onto the base of a large sycamore tree. Exiting the side door, a large pecan tree is visible.

The second floor, designated as public spaces for entertaining guests, utilizes an open floor plan. From this level, the residents can see the front, side and rear trees through large side windows. The kitchen, decked out with appliances from Factory Builder, is spacious yet functional. A balcony off the living room faces a tree in the back yard and reveals a small outdoor kitchen to the side.

The third floor, the couple’s private retreat, accommodates the master suite along with a loft/office space, the laundry room and an extra bedroom suite. Both bedrooms contain large picture windows, allowing for nice views in all directions.

The fourth floor holds a one bedroom suite designed for the couple’s son, complete with its own kitchenette. Also located on the top level is an open space that can serve as a flex space for a studio or loft. A final touch to the interior is a gallery area where art collected from the homeowners’ many travels is on display.

The outside terrace offers a spectacular line of sight: The southeast side prominently displays Houston’s downtown skyline while the southwest side captures a view of the Texas Medical Center.

The owners’ lifestyle called for a few nuances within the design. They wanted a fairly large sized home, but the lot size could accommodate only so much — especially considering the three existing trees the family wanted to keep — but Helton rose to the challenge. All the specifications required some push and pull in the design, and Helton was pleased to find the owners were amenable to his suggestions. He employed cantilevered space, where a floor above can overhang into the floor below, to accommodate the spatial restrictions. Helton says he used this design tactic several times throughout the property.

The star of the home, though, is the grand staircase that connects the floors and that features glimpses of the outdoors through the copious windows sourced from RAM. “I wanted [the home] to have the treehouse feel to it. When you’re climbing up the stairs, it directly looks out to the trees at different levels and through different windows. It’s one of the coolest parts of the house,” Helton says.

If the idea of traversing four stories strikes fear, fret not. Florida-based Residential Elevators added an elevator for their elderly parents who often visit. Other accoutrements to the interior are wood floors from Robert’s, tile flooring from ProSource, mirrors and interior glass from Bobbitt Glass, and counters from Omni Surfaces.

For the exterior, the owners stuck with the modern theme by adding splashes of color: paint from Sherwin Williams and exterior cedar from Montalbano Lumber.

“If you’re looking at the color scheme, you’ll see gray tones, and an orange stain pops out against it. There’s a white feature wall on the front of the house. The idea was we were going to [eventually] have colored lights shining on the wall,” Helton adds.

Helton reports the Walji-Raissian family is happy with the modern home and is excited to welcome guests to tour their quarters this month.

 

RESOURCES

Charles Todd Helton Architect, Inc.
281-528-8181
4115 Irish Ivy Court, Spring
www.charlestoddhelton.com

ABC Supply
(Siding)
713-466-1505
11155 FM 529
www.abcsupply.com

Bayou City Cabinets
713-955-2346
1665 Townhurst, Suite 100
www.bayoucitycabinets.com

Bobbitt Glass Co.
(Mirrors, glass)
713-523-7369
807 Fairview
www.bobbittglass.com

Factory Builder Stores
(Appliances)
713-572-4242
4242 Richmond
www.factorybuilderstores.com

Heights Metal Works LLC
(Metal railings and awnings)
1212 East 28th
832-567-0164
www.heightsmetalworks.com

M&M Lighting
346-360-1344
5620 South Rice
www.mmlighting.com

Montalbano Lumber
(Exterior stained cedar, treads)
713-691-6611
5850 North Shepherd
www.montalbanolumber.com

Northside Plumbing Supply, Inc.
(Faucets, hardware)
713-699-5499
9605 Kirkton
www.northsideplumbing.com/index.php

Omni Surfaces
(Countertops)
832-446-3572
802 FM 1960 East
www.omnisurfaces.com

ProSource Wholesale
(Tile flooring and surround)
281-849-3248
9009 Pinehill Lane, Suite 200
www.prosourcewholesale.com
RAM Windows
(Windows and sliding doors)
281-495-9056
8600 Commerce Park
www.ramwindows.com

Residential Elevators
800-832-2004
Tallahassee, Florida
www.residentialelevators.com

Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors
281-394-9960
24025 Katy Freeway, Katy
www.robertscarpet.com

Sherwin Williams
713-694-3447
4418 North Shepherd
www.sherwin-williams.com

Tri-Supply
(Doors)
713-464-0050
8708 West Little York, Suite 130
www.trisupplyhome.com

 

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