2019 Houston Modern Home Tour

September 21, 2019

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refuGe 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour
MASA Studio Architects 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour
Origin Architects 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour
studioMET 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour
2Scale 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour
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Tour the Homes.

Meet the Architects & Designers.

GET INSPIRED!

You know “that house” you pass by every day?

The Houston Modern Home Tour is your change to GET INSIDE and meet the architects, builders and designers that made it happen – and maybe even ask a question or two about your own project playing around in the back of your mind!

How it Works

It’s as easy as:

1) Click here to get your tickets 

2) About 24 hours before Tour day begins, check your email for our printable map and any last minute instructions

3) Starting at 11AM on Tour day, visit the homes in any order you wish and at your open pace.  Meet the architects and designers, and find inspiration for your own modern lifestyle!

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The 2019 Houston Modern Home Tour Homes

studioMET

studioMET

Designed for a family with young children, the front entry courtyard wraps the facade to create a defined play area and maximize privacy from the busy street while still allowing for an abundant amount of natural light to enter the home.
Details & Gallery

Charles Todd Helton Architect

Charles Todd Helton Architect

One of the best features of the house, is that no matter what level you are on, when you look out a window, it feels like you are inside of a tree house.
Details & Gallery

Collaborative Design Group

Collaborative Design Group

A corner lot in the Galleria area of Houston was the location for this private residence. The unique request by this client for their home was to create a U-Shaped footprint that allowed for the center courtyard to be completely screened.
Details & Gallery

2Scale Architects

2Scale Architects

As a new addition to the Garden Oaks neighborhood, this home exemplifies how an architect can create a casual lifestyle within the context of contemporary design, site appropriateness, and livable scale.
Details & Gallery

MASA Studio Architects

MASA Studio Architects

This “Cape Cod Modern” inspired residence is 6,000 sqft and is situated on ¼ acre of land in central Houston. The design is conceived for a mature, active family that enjoys close proximity to Memorial Park and the city’s other cultural activities.
Details & Gallery

Origin Architects

Origin Architects

When the original house was flooded in Harvey, the owners rebuilt an elevated split-level contemporary home with an inner courtyard. Owned by animal lovers, the home includes shelves for the cats, as well as their own dedicated room.
Details & Gallery

refuGe Design Studio

refuGe Design Studio

This 3,100 sf home is located one block from historic Emancipation Park, and is part of a revitalization wave in the 3rd Ward/EaDO districts. It is a quiet, tight knit neighborhood, and the residents have already introduced themselves to the new homeowners.
Details & Gallery

University Boulevard

Architect: studioMET architects
Photography: Jack Thompson

Located on a bustling street in the heart of the city, University Residence displays strong horizontal clean lines with bold massing of limestone walls. Designed for a family with young children it was important to keep privacy in mind while balancing the importance to respond to the urban streetscape. The front entry courtyard wraps the facade to create a defined play area and maximize privacy from the busy street while still allowing for an abundant amount of natural light to enter the home through the floor to ceiling windows. The interior is designed as an open concept where formal living, dining, family room, kitchen and mud room interconnect, setting the stage for the chaotic day to day hustle that comes with all young families.

West 21st Street

Architect: Charles Todd Helton Architect
Photography: Courtesy Charles Todd Helton Architect

The Walji-Raissian Residence is a 3,800 square foot, four-story modern home in Houston, Texas.

Designing this house was a challenge. We had to find space for the rooms and square footage the owners desired, while designing around the three large existing trees, all on a small lot. These needs and restraints all helped us to craft a truly unique and pleasant structure. We needed to push and pull on the floor plans and exterior elevations in order to fit is all inside. The staircase and elevator were also organizing elements to the design, as with multiple levels comes the complexity of circulation. The house’s four levels are as follows:

  • Located on level one is the garage, foyer, mud room and guest suite.
  • Level two is the open public spaces, the living room, dining room and kitchen, with balcony and outdoor kitchen.
  • The third level has the master suite, guest suite, laundry room and loft area.
  • And on the fourth level we have the upstairs bedroom suite, a studio/loft with kitchenette, and a large terrace overlooking both downtown Houston and the Medical Center.

Working with the homeowners, we selected paints that would be the neutral background to the various stained woods that are seen on the fence, porch ceilings and floors, and the white feature wall that faces the street. One of the best features of the house, is that no matter what level you are on, when you look out a window, it feels like you are inside of a tree house. A wonderful space for sure.

Lampasas Street

Architecture and Interiors: Collaborative Design Group
Photography: Felix Sanchez

A corner lot in the Galleria area of Houston was the location for this private residence. The unique request by this client for their home was to create a U-Shaped footprint that allowed for the center courtyard to be completely screened.

This requirement was the main driver for the entire design of the house. Each wing of the house needed to match each other so that we could span between them simply with the screened roof. Situated on a tight lot brought the building to the limits of the setbacks so that we could maximize the courtyard footprint. A drawback of the site was the lack of privacy in the courtyard from the rear neighbors. Although they have an 8’ privacy fence, there was still a significant view from the neighbor’s second story windows. To compensate for that, I designed a roofed connection between the rear ends of the wings and a louvered upper wall to add additional layer of privacy to the rear of the courtyard.

The client also wanted a volume entertaining space and its size compliments the volume of the screened in courtyard. The bridge connecting the two wings on the second-floor overlook both of these spaces. A dramatic three-story fireplace anchors the entertaining space, and an open staircase pauses at a small orchestra balcony over the front door before continuing up to the second floor.

W. 32nd Street

Architect: 2Scale Architects
Photography: Benjamin Hill Photography

Although it is large by some standards (3300 s.f.), it does not feel imposing; a nod to the spirit of the neighborhood’s disappearing ranch houses.

The home’s clustered program creates multiple scale-appropriate zones of activity for the empty-nester clients: open common spaces, smaller private spaces, master suite or “cottage”, rear yard for entertaining, side yard to catch morning light, and lastly a motor court for extended entertaining + functional hard space. All of these combine to create a home with layered views, multidirectional natural lighting, and a complete inclusion of all outdoor spaces into the daily experience of the homeowners.

Repeating design elements across the home reinforce the casual-while-structured aesthetic. For example, the breezeway between the main house + workshop gives verticality and a “sense of place” to the rear yard. The stacked stone, exposed steel structure + wood elements of the breezeway repeat to its companion “bridge” connector from the main house to the cottage. Pulling the cottage away from the main house creates an outdoor living area between the two. Similar elements appear yet again in the main living space as we also define the dining program space with steel, wood, + a plaster cylindrical column. These materials add texture, both visual + tactile, to the space.

As a new addition to the Garden Oaks neighborhood, this home exemplifies how an architect can create a casual lifestyle within the context of contemporary design, site appropriateness, and livable scale.

W Cowan Drive

Architect: MASA Studio Architects
Photography: Ambia Photography

This “Cape Cod Modern” inspired residence is 6,000 sqft and is situated on ¼ acre of land in central Houston. As I talked with the developer about his vision and program, it became apparent to us that the design should be conceived for a mature, active family that enjoys close proximity to Memorial Park and the city’s other cultural activities.

The layout and design wraps around the centrally place pool/spa and that has access to outdoor living and dining spaces that directly connect to the home’s interiors.

Upon entering the home, the double volume stair foyer and impressive window wall immediately capture your attention and provide views to the pool. Downstairs is primarily for entertaining with an open and spacious set of interconnected spaces that are filled with natural light. Additionally, there is a generously sized study that can also double as a guest suite.

The upstairs spaces offer the family’s bedrooms as well as a family den or game room that is adjacent to the light filled stair foyer. The master suite includes a lounge area with view below to the pool, two sizable closets, and a resort-styled bathroom.

St. Emanuel Street

Architect: refuGe Design Studio
Photography: Images Coming Soon!

This 3,100 sf home is located, one block from historic Emancipation Park, and is part of a revitalization wave, in the 3rd Ward/EaDO districts. It is a quiet, tight knit neighborhood, and the residents have already introduced themselves to the new homeowners.

The home has been designed to incorporate an open floor plan, while providing a sense of privacy. This was a challenge due to the townhomes bordering the rear of the property. In turn the size of the lot was not conducive to private exterior spaces.

These initial programmatic requirements led to a very unique set of design opportunities. The home had to incorporate these design requirements, while assuming budget, appraisal and site restrictions.

In the end, the design was able to adapt to the challenges. The “c” shaped structure has allowed for all the interior spaces to open towards an ample exterior space. This exterior space is even large enough for a pool! The orientation of the home allows for sun exposure in the pool area. This was a major concern to one of the homeowners. Thus, another design problem solved and averted.

Jonathan Street

Architect: Origin Architects
Structural Engineering: BEC Engineers & Consultants
Photography: Images Coming Soon!

Description coming soon!

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

It’s easy!   Just buy your tickets, then about 48 house before the Tour you’ll receive an email with links to your Tour map.  Then, on Tour day, start at any house and proceed in any order at your own pace to the homes that interest you the most – or to all of them!

Unfortunately due to repeated issues, we must request that no children under 12 attend the Tour.  This is a new restriction for 2019, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  However, we do realize that some of our best guests are aspiring architects and designers and we therefore invite kids 12 and up to learn about the exciting world of architecture and design!

Unfortunately due to repeated issues, we must request that no children under 12 attend the Tour.  This is a new restriction for 2019, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  However, we do realize that some of our best guests are aspiring architects and designers and we therefore invite kids 12 and up to learn about the exciting world of architecture and design!

Giving back to the communities and homeowners that so generously welcome us every year is one of the most important things we do.  That’s why we partner with a housing or education organization in every Tour city, and why we are working to establish a scholarship fund for aspiring architects and designers.

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