This two-story urban residence, sited on a 60' x 120' tree-lined corner lot in Southampton, was designed for an architect and a lawyer who desired an urban retreat with well-crafted details. The project is influenced by the restrained yet rich use of materials of the Shaker style as well as south Louisiana vernacular architecture, from which the ‘witch's hat’ roof profile was derived. The austere linearity of the standing seam metal roof plays against the continuous rustic stone base, composed of a stone blend quarried in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. The smooth white plaster walls are crisply punctuated by soft gray-green clad windows.
The main informal rooms, defined by a random rectangular slate floor, include the kitchen, butler’s pantry and double-height family room for entertaining. Reclaimed wide-plank oak flooring differentiates the informal areas from the formal study, dining room and large library housing the owners’ extensive book collection. Through cased openings with operable shutters, on axis with the front and back stair, the family room opens up to the gallery above to create a sense of airiness and visual connection. The use of vertical grain Douglas fir throughout the interior extends the Shaker influence.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house, completed in August 2011. This house was featured on the cover of the June 2015 issue of Houston Lifestyles & Homes.