This house is located in a close-in urban neighborhood in Houston, Texas and was designed for a professional couple with two children. They desired a new “Italian” house - a small Tuscan villa. The house is a very simple “box” with the standard family requirements: living, dining, family, breakfast, kitchen, playroom, master study and three bedrooms plus a master suite.
The house has an open floor plan because of the use of the stair hall centrally suspended between the two-story open spaces at the core of the house. A hidden skylight floods the center of the house with light and the playroom has interior windows which open onto the stair hall. A curved balcony connects the master suite with the master study and mimics the curved end of the playroom. The concept of the interior spaces of the house continues the new Italian look. Stained wood cabinetry in high-use areas such as the kitchen complement the painted custom trim. “Rojo Alaconte” marble and English green slate combine to bring the exterior palette inside the house. Light cool fabrics, clean natural wood furniture pieces, aged oriental rugs and soft pastel paint on the walls provide a low-key statement that enhances the architecture of the interior.
Set in a close-in community with many other new houses, this intricately detailed but simple structure modestly projects originality. Elegant landscaping, a central hall symmetry and a simple triple roofline anchor this home in its traditional neighborhood environment.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house.