The owners of this circa 1910 residence purchased the home with the intentions of restoring the original character and charm gradually stripped from the house over the past century. While some interior walls are moved to address the owners' space requirements, the room adjacencies are retained. A previously long, wide and unadorned entry hall is reduced in size to accommodate a larger living room and open dining room/kitchen; natural cross-ventilation is retained through new openings extending to the rear of the house.
Because the home is located in an historical neighborhood, strict guidelines for exterior modifications prevented much change to the original residence. Original siding, trim and windows are restored and a new wood front porch is added based on other historical residences in the neighborhood. The circa 1920s rear addition was pulling away from the original house requiring extensive work to rebuild the walls. The previous sitting area off the master bedroom is now converted to a master bathroom and walk-in closet. The original utility room becomes a laundry room and mudroom. Decisions were made in the design of the master bathroom to accommodate a future master bedroom addition at the rear of the home.
A new rear deck and detached screen porch extend the living spaces outdoors (the construction of a new pool is intended for 2012). Although the owners were saddened to learn that the +75 year old pecan tree had to be removed because of sickness, a view from the backyard is revealed of the Tower of the Americas. The pecan tree will have new life as interior shelving and bookcases.
Completed in 2012.