STUNNING YET PRACTICAL
AIA Houston 2019 Home Tour Showcases Designs That Empower Today’s LifestylesBy Susie Tommaney • Photos by Benjamin Hill Photography unless otherwise noted
See what’s new in residential architecture during this rare opportunity to view private residences by leading Houston architects, all designed with an eye for excellence in quality, craftmanship, materials, sustainability and innovation. Selected by a jury of industry experts, the self-guided tour gives us two days to explore eight area homes.
The home tour is scheduled for October 19-20, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $25 in advance, $30 to $35 on the weekend of the tour, or $10 to tour a single house. For information, visit aiahouston.org.
ONE FOOT IN THE PAST
As a child she had fond memories playing under the oak trees of her grandparents’ Tanglewood home on Longmont Drive. Now grown up, she and her husband purchased the ranch style home and chose to build new, but kept those now mature trees as well as some of the original footprint of the former house. Architect Paul N. Brow brought the project in at about two-thirds the cost of neighboring homes, while also creating stunning views of the surrounding garden with an H-shaped design. Quarter sawn white oak floors, painted wood paneling, and large windows all add to the ambiance of serenity. Highlights include the hobby space in the garage and the repurposing of brick from the former dwelling to create exterior pavers.
Nestled on East 9th Street in the Heights, this 5,298 square foot home gets its space from a second floor to the rear. Designed by Collaborative Design Group Architecture & Interiors for the unique needs of the family, a small study allows the physician owner to work well into the night; then a camouflaged secondary door within the shiplap walls shortcuts to the master suite. A scullery kitchen provides a small refrigerator, coffee pot, toaster and microwave for everyday convenience, while the home’s focus is on outdoor entertaining with its yard and pool. Interior features include handmade tiles, light frosted oak cabinetry and expansive ceilings.
Ready for their next chapter in life and with the kids gone to school, the homeowners called on Collaborative Designworks to create this forward-thinking vision on Indiana Street that is half the size of their previous home. To accommodate the need for aging in place, as well as their mobility-impaired father, built-ins include a ground level bedroom and bath, a pneumatic elevator with access to all three floors, and an open kitchen with terrazzo-finished concrete flooring. A third floor office has custom wood benches and views of the downtown skyline, while the exterior features an outdoor kitchen and space for an edible garden.
Another project for empty nesters, this time on Missouri Street, challenged studioMET Architects to create a space for luxurious living while also preserving six mature oak trees and blending with the single story midcentury bungalows in the neighborhood. The result is a relaxing and comfortable space that utilizes low-maintenance materials while delivering the desired boutique lifestyle. A separate guest house with its own entry ensures that children and grandchildren will always feel welcome.
Also by studioMET Architects, this new home on Westview features floor-to-ceiling glazing with views of the lush back yard, large pool, covered patio and stately oak tree. The family asked for multi-generational living and the first floor accommodates that need with a first floor mother-in-law suite, as well as an open concept space for the living, dining and kitchen areas. Sleeping quarters for the rest of the family, with custom-built reading nooks and a family room, can be found on the second floor, along with a large patio that serves as the home’s front porch. The palette of simple earth tones balances the exterior’s brick and board-and-batten siding.
The 1909 Colonial Revival on Courtland Place is a Designated Landmark and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Mirador Group preserved the original details of this estate home, calling on new materials to match older elements: mahogany, old-growth cypress and cedar-shake shingles. Imported Italian marble can be found throughout, while the grounds feature an Italian Villa d’Este-inspired fountain, pool and spa. Modern conveniences include a dog door that leads to a dedicated dog run and a guest house that features fully integrated technology in the kitchen, as well as to control music, lighting, security and HVAC systems.
TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN
Located along North Boulevard in the prestigious Boulevard Oaks Historic District, this 6,400 square foot home maintains its privacy with focused views of the zen-like courtyards by way of balconies and terraces, fulfilling the homeowners’ need for a connection between the interior and exterior. Pocketing glass doors between the kitchen and patio can be opened up to create a screened porch. The deep lot has space for both the main house and a detached garage-guest suite, which are connected by a two-story bridge. For the master suite, Reagan | Andrew Architecture designed a vaulted ceiling with lightly stained wood paneling, a feature that adds drama and warmth to this intimate space.
DURABLE YET COMFORTABLE
For this home on Albans Road, CONTENT Architecture conceived of a series of independent “stones” that are connected by the movement of the homeowners. The single story living and dining rooms flank the entry and address the transition between the street and the two-story elevations toward the back. Almost all of the spaces look out onto the courtyard, with its vegetation in the foreground and the pool beyond. There’s something for everybody here: a glassed wine wall in the dining room, a concealed barbecue in the courtyard, and sliding doors that connect the children’s rooms to a shared playroom. Even the dog has its own small room and dog run for staying active.
2019 AIA HOUSTON HOME TOUR
Paul N. Brow Architect, LLC
4923 Winding River Drive, Sugar Land
East 9th Street
Collaborative Design Group
Architecture & Interiors
2501 Central Parkway, Suite A1
6575 West Loop South,
Suite 650, Bellaire
Reagan | André Architecture
611 West 22nd, Suite 208
3221 Milam Street, Suite 1
2500 Summer, Suite 3112
Ada Corral, AIA
Jobe Corral Architects
Tim Cuppett, AIA
Tim Cuppett Architects+Interiors
Hugh Randolph, AIA
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Stuart Sampley, AIA
Stuart Sampley Architect