2020 Houston Modern Home Tour
CONFIRMED DATE June 27th, 2020
You know “that house” you pass by every day?
The Houston Modern Home Tour is your chance 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!
It’s as easy as:
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!
The homeowners wanted a home that gave them great access to lifestyle points in town and which also reflected their personal style – organized, uncluttered, and welcoming. Some may say it’s hard to create a distinguishable look and feel on such a small lot in their Montrose neighborhood. 2Scale Architects provided that in spades. The home’s unique layout and approach to in-town living is an excellent example of thoughtful function + balanced aesthetics = quality design.
50×100 lots are very common in this neighborhood once populated with small bungalows or cottages. When placing larger homes on them (as is the trend with high property values and demand for family-centric homes spikes), often the characteristics of the neighborhood are eroded. Most commonly, you see new homes built tall, wide, and devoid of personality.
This home attempts to reflect a refreshingly old-fashioned point of view – where neighbors can still feel welcome to visit. This is done with a few strategies. For starters, this house was designed to maximize light. The front and rear entry echo this point with two sides of their spaces dedicated to morning light. This allows relatively small spaces to feel more connected to the outside. Dense organization of support spaces into a central core allow the wide-open spaces where people congregate and “live” to reach out to the extremes of the lot through large contemporary windows. Also, the front porch – almost forgotten in new construction of their neighborhood – has wide steps that flow down to the sidewalk. This is intended to encourage hanging out with friends, family, and neighbors in the front yard, something folks did regularly in a bygone era. Lastly, the private spaces are… private. All private spaces are upstairs, so all the entertaining and open spaces can occur downstairs. Visitors can know they are free to flow through the entire downstairs without encumbrance. This separation of function allows for privacy where needed and openness where desired.
The end result by many accounts is a home that appeals to growing families, downsizing families, young and old alike. This is a testament to the clients’ and the architect’s effort to create a home that fits today’s needs, a home that fits the lifestyle and flexibility of an urban dweller with style.
Located near Brays Bayou, the house is elevated several feet to prevent flooding. The exterior massing of the home is composed with a series of decks and planters to ease the visual and physical height difference. In doing so, an entry courtyard and back patio serve as a transitional space and creates a strong indoor/outdoor connection. Once entering the house, the open-concept plan unfolds and allows the kitchen, living, and dining to serve as a one great room for entertaining.
This home is a great example of smart and efficient open living and prefab construction, making modern design attainable and suited for a family lifestyle. From an initial Skype meeting from Norway, where the family was living at the time, to Houston, this home evolved into a simple two-story structure for a young family of five. As an architect-led prefab home for urban infill, this home is an efficient example of modern living with a four-bedroom three bath plan smartly designed in just 1800sf. Two modules in a stacked configuration form the house along with a pop out stair volume. First floor includes open plan living spaces and Guest room, while the second floor includes the master suite along with two secondary bedrooms for children. Clever built in storage solutions throughout the home add both beauty and function to the home.
Sustainability was a key consideration, the home is LEED registered, undergoing LEED certification and anticipated to receive a LEED platinum rating. Sustainable green features include low flow plumbing, energy star appliances, low-e insulated windows, LED lighting, solar array, and energy monitoring and control system.
This home is a great example of the benefits of prefab construction. Prefabricated Off-site construction is inherently more sustainable than site build construction as less waste is produced, and more materials are able to be recycle due to the controlled environment. Materials are not subject to moisture, mold, or weather in the construction process providing straighter construction, reliability, and improved indoor air quality. There is less disturbance to the site and less impact on trees and erosion as only the final assembly occurs on site. This, along with a carefully designed foundation system, helped preserve the mature Oak, a primary objective in the design of this home.
Architect: Scott Ballard Architect
Photography courtesy Scott Ballard Architect llc
This house was an attempt at a freeform presentation within the confines of stick construction, and without the use of computer aided design, curved steel structure, or curved glass, etc. It was designed for a single male: double height auto storage in garage, large workshop, open living, elevator to an office area on top floor with access to roof deck including jacuzzi and outdoor kitchen.
Located in Montrose a neighborhood known for its own unique urban vibe the design of this home focuses on quality of space. The open-concept layout is just over 3,000 square feet with expansive windows connecting the home to the outdoor covered patio and pool area, perfect for summertime in Houston, Texas. The home’s exterior boast strong horizontal lines with a simple composition of brick, wood, and cement siding.
Developer: Fifty Seventh + 7th by Carnegie Homes
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Welcome to 2514 Avalon Place, a new-construction five-bedroom masterpiece in the sought-after River Oaks area. Brought to you by Fifty Seventh + 7th, a luxury division of award-winning Carnegie Homes, and architectural design by Michael Garcia of Refuge Design, this home’s meticulous design places a premium on effortless indoor-outdoor living and stunning natural light. The U-shaped layout and soaring windows frame tranquil courtyard views while an outdoor living room and second-floor balcony invite al fresco lounging and entertaining.
Inside, the sculptural central staircase acts as an alluring focal point. Featuring Venetian plaster hemmed by a bold wrought-iron railing, the stair winds gracefully to the top floor along a dramatic wall of windows. The first floor was made for lavish gatherings with an impeccable great room as well as formal dining room and chef’s kitchen where Sub-Zero and Wolf gourmet appliances are surrounded by gleaming quartzite. Upstairs, the breathtaking master suite includes a tray ceiling, sitting room and a massive en suite Calacatta porcelain bathroom featuring a soaking tub, rain shower, two separate vanities and two custom walk-in boutique closets. Four more well-appointed bedroom suites, plus a media room with a wet bar, a game room and study provide plenty of space for family and friends in this well-crafted River Oaks showplace.
Presented by the Homeowners
Developed after WW II, Meyerland provided fertile ground for the (then) avant-garde, Mid-Century designs of young architects. According to a 1956 article in the Houston Chronicle, one of those architects, Ursula Oberdieck, working for Suburban Homes, designed several Meyerland and Glenbrook Valley homes in Houston. The residence at 5006 N. Braeswood is attributed to Oberdieck.
Substantially renovated and redesigned by the sellers with distinctive Contemporary flair, this raised, one-story structure offers cantilevered, sculptural exterior framing across the front elevation and an open-spaces, light-filled floorplan enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, light-reflecting crushed-quartz floors and countertops, reclaimed engineered oak hardwood floors, and custom walnut cabinets and built-ins.
Walls of glass flood the interior with natural light and open up to an amazing courtyard encircled by the home. The floor plan design offers great functionality providing both endless possibilities for entertaining and creating a sense of privacy in the more intimate spaces.
It’s easy! Just buy your tickets, then about 48 hours 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!
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.