Good Brick Award 2017

In 2017, Firestation #2 in Houston’s East End, was awarded a Good Brick award by Preservation Houston for the conversion of the long abandoned firestation into a community event space and residence. It is part of a new community, orchestrated by the new owners, called 2East, and includes six Victorian-era residences moved to the adjacent properties.

Photo by Jack Thompson

Photo by Jack Thompson

Photo by Jack Thompson

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Good Brick Award 2016

This Garrow Victorian, one of six moved to this site in Houston’s East End, was extensively renovated with a focus on exposing the natural materials and the interplay of color, light, and art. It’s owner was awarded a Good Brick award by Preservation Houston in 2016 for the careful preservation of this 1880’s home that was slated to be demolished.

photo by Jack Thompson

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Good Brick Award 2015

The 1890’s Casita was awarded a Good Brick Award by Preservation Houston, one of the 6 Folk Victorian houses moved by Michael Skelly and Anne Whitlock within the East End. This house was in severe dilapidation, but has been stabilized and modernized into the most charming of guest houses. Read more information about the history of this home as well as the renovation process at 2East.org.

photo by Peter Muessig

photo by Peter Muessig

Rice Design Alliance 2015 Tour, afterWARDS

This years RDA spring tour is titled afterWARDS and is a look at residential projects within Houston’s 6 wards. Our renovation of Engine Hall #2 and the Casita are on the tour, and we are excited to share this work in progress. Located in the East End, Houston’s 2nd Ward, this 1909 Firestation is being converted to a residence. The Casita is an 1890’s Folk Victorian cottage that has been moved to this site, along with 5 other similar houses on adjacent properties.

The tour is April 11 and 12, from 1pm – 6pm. Find more information about the tour here.

Photo by Paul Hester

Photo by Paul Hester

Photo by Paul Hester

Photo by Paul Hester

Rice Design Alliance Home Tour 2014

We are excited to be one of the featured homes on this years RDA Tour, titled Additionally.  The tour’s focus is on homes with substantial additions, designed by local designers.  Our project at 707 Sabine Street in the Old Sixth Ward is a prime Folk Victorian that had undergone one addition previously.  Our challenge was to add a substantial amount of square footage, while preserving the small scale of the brick-paved streetscape.  The “bridge” between old and new is a concrete and glass link that spans above the lap pool.

Please join us for this unique tour, with some very exciting projects.  Tour is Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 from 1-6pm.  Find more information here.

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Photograph by Paul Hester.

Houston Chronicle article

The Houston Chronicle recently published a fine article about one of our projects in the Old Sixth Ward.  It is a large addition to a historic house, made to appear as if it’s just another house on this brick-lined block, when in fact, it is linked in a subtle yet intriguing way over a lap pool with glass and concrete.  A site to behold, oftentimes people stop mid block to stare, whether the owners are eating dinner in the “link” or not.

Ansell interior

photo by Michael Paulsen/ Chronicle staff

Houston Chronicle Article

Houston Home Tour

Our clients and friends Zoe and Dave Thompson opened up their home for the Houston Modern Home Tour.

Thompson residence

We’re very proud of this project. Built in 1955 and left basically undisturbed for fifty-some years until the Thompsons bought it, their house offered great cues for us to respond to, re-framing the best moments and re-working the rest to bring it into the 21st century. Dave and Zoe’s impeccable taste in art and furniture, along with their gracious entertaining, make this a really special house.  The tour was incredibly well attended, and we had so much fun meeting everyone.  We hope to be featured on another tour soon, we’ll keep you posted!

Gravity Suits Me

We’re amidst construction on an addition to our own home, and I’m documenting the process on a blog called “Gravity Suits Me.”  We’re now well  into construction, and the process has been enlightening.  Follow along with Marisa at www.gravitysuitsme.com.

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