This house is located in a close-in urban neighborhood in Houston, Texas for a young professional couple with two small children. They desired a house where the mother could comfortably pursue her artwork. There is a spacious, private third floor attic room which serves as her studio.
The house has an open floor plan because of the use of the stair hall centrally located in the three story open spaces at the core of the house. A gabled skylight floods the center of the house with light and the playroom has interior windows which open onto the stair hall. Balconies connect the master suite and all of the other bedrooms.. Clear-sealed wood cabinetry in high-use areas such as the kitchen and family complement the painted custom trim. “Absolute black” granite and the oak floors combine to bring the exterior palette inside the house. Light cool fabrics, clean natural wood furniture pieces, and soft paint colors on the walls provide the “artsy’ look that enhances the architecture of the interior.
Set in a family neighborhood with many other new houses, this intricately detailed but simple structure modestly projects originality. Simple landscaping, a central hall asymmetry and simple gabled roofs anchor this home in its traditional neighborhood environment.