A 1930s river house, built as a summer retreat for a small family, was cramped and outdated for the now six adult grandchildren and their families. Expanding and modernizing this jewel of a camp house needed to preserve its beloved essential character. The solution was to create a compound comprising the updated original house, modernized existing quarters above the garage, and a new house of similar scale. The intimate scale and camp feeling were maintained while doubling the capacity for family gatherings and allowing people of different ages with varying interests to comfortably vacation together.
The two original buildings now share an outdoor fireplace and patio, and new north-facing dormers bring natural light into the living areas of the original building. The new 2,500 square foot, five-bedroom house complements the established regional character without mimicking it. Its traditional Texas vernacular forms of a dogtrot and a traditional four-square house create an outdoor connection, even in the compound’s only two-story space. Every room has direct access to a patio or private balcony. The new house’s screened porch with its exaggerated overhangs creates a dialogue with the screened porch of the renovated house.
“…the new house is better than we ever imagined. The design is perfect — it reflects the 1930’s but it is totally contemporary.” – Client
“The architectural design of the property is outstanding, and their vision for the flow of the entire site and how our family would enjoy the property was right-on…” – Client
AIA Houston 2002 Design Award for Architectural Merit
AIA Houston Chapter: Gala Exhibit 2008
AIA Houston Chapter: Sandcastle Competition Exhibit, Galveston, Texas 2008
Luxury Homes of Texas, by Jolie Carpenter, Signature Publishing Group, 2009