We were given a four-acre trapezoidal lot in the Rivercrest area of Houston on which a gracious, 10,000 square foot house was sited out of view from the street for privacy and a dramatic arrival sequence. The configuration of this house sought to preserve the density of the existing mature live oaks and loblolly pines.
This Southern Colonial home owes its authenticity to the materials, details and parti. The exterior materials consist of a slate roof, brick veneer with cast stone accents and flagstone terraces and drives. The cast stone elements, including a double height colonnade, keystones, sills and exterior fireplace surrounds, punctuate the field of antique rose Cushwa brick. The parti is a Palladian central hall plan with flanking wings--the work areas of the kitchen and laundry are located in the south wing while the private rooms are housed in the north wing. On the second floor, the bedrooms are arranged around a large billiard room. Deep, full-width porches carried across the front and rear on both levels of the house are frequently used for gatherings, collecting the breeze and offering extensive views to the grounds.
The bright interiors, with 12-foot ceilings on the first floor, provide an open and spacious refuge for this large extended family. Great care was taken in choosing the interior materials and finishes, including aged wide plank black walnut floors, custom walnut doors and cherry and walnut paneling. An additional layer of detail was added to the large public rooms in the form of wood beams, plaster ceilings, ornate moldings and a domed ceiling over the grand stair. The custom marble fireplaces in the living and dining room were hand carved in Italy.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house. This house was featured in the February 2007 issue of Houston House & Home and was on the 2006 Houston AIA Home Tour.