Featured on the 2005 Houston AIA Home Tour, the East 7th Street residence is sited to maximize available yard space by minimizing the portion of it’s 50′ x 100′ lot given over to driveway and parking. With the main mass of the house oriented across the short (east-west) axis of the site, the design takes advantage of abundant north light, and provides views into the private, courtyard-like yard, with its small pottery studio. Being on a street of one-story bungalows, the mass of the house is kept to one story near the street, and is ‘tucked in’ under the spreading canopy of a fine Live Oak tree.
The 2,600 sf house has a ‘clean’ layout in accordance with the owner’s wishes to have a simple volume within which they could display their wonderful collection of works by local Houston artists, and entertain their friends. Consequently, the Living, Dining and Kitchen areas are contained within one main space, with a service ‘knuckle’ connecting the main living zone with the garage. The finishes are simple – white walls (mostly), stained concrete, birch cabinets and countertops of slate and stained concrete.