Watts RoadHouston, Texas

Built for a family of three, this house was designed with great consideration given to several mature Live Oak trees on the property. Every significant room in the house offers views to the trees or to a lush green courtyard formed by the house.

The clients wanted to maintain an open floor plan in one large area of the house, but required a greater degree of privacy everywhere else. The design responds with an efficient layout and fluid circulation that draws clear distinctions between public and private space. The client’s desire for a color palette reminiscent of Paul Klee paintings became an important aspect of the design. Careful attention was given to opportunities for color to emerge in subtle details, as well as in the playful arrangements of large, painted surfaces.

“They really, really listen. No wonder none of their houses look alike. They design each of their projects specifically for the family that lives there. The GSM team took my ideas, my husband’s, my son’s and combined them all to produce a house that works beautifully for all three of us!” – Client


Texas, Houston Chronicle Magazine, 11 April 2004 “A family home designed with trees at center stage” by Deborah Mann Lake [Full PDF text]