The exteriors of these luxurious townhouses feature elegant metal panels, many balconies, and large roof terraces with spectacular skyline views. The interiors have select white oak flooring, modern porcelain tile, Silestone counters, Madeval cabinets, Andersen windows, and LED lighting.
We worked with the City Planning Office on the site plan to create an interior drive/landscaped courtyard for access to the garages and to create a richer environment for the residents.
The strategy for these homes was to create affordable houses without compromising on quality and consistent with the open floor plan for which we are known. These two and three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath homes are available in four floor plans, (Brazos, Sabine, San Jacinto, and Trinity) depending on the lot location and site plan. The air-conditioned area ranges from 1450–1650 SF, not including the 2-car garage.
Interior finishes include hardwood floors, granite countertops, tiled baths, and custom maple cabinetry. The Fifth Ward retains considerable cultural and historical relevance, and many of its once famous sites are being restored. During the 1990s, community organizations provided the first steps for the renewal that is still going on today. We are playing a part by building new homes in the area that incorporated feedback from the community in meetings that we organized.
Bastrop Plaza is in an area of Houston’s Third Ward that is being revitalized. Our stragetgy was to create affordable townhouses with the open floor plan we are known for without compromising on quality. All the townhouses (1600–1900 S.F.) have three bedrooms and loft style living. Interior finishes include wood floors, granite countertops, tiled baths, and custom cabinetry. The neighborhood is nestled between EaDo and the Texas Medical Center, close to Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros) and BBVA Compass Stadium (home of the Houston Dynamo).
Upper West End consists of approximately 200 townhouses developed in four phases, from 2004–2015, with the design and construction evolving per customer demand. The overall design strategy was to implement a neighborhood cohesion and create townhouses (1400–1850 S.F.) with open spaces. The neighborhood cohesion was achieved with color and sidewalks. A palette of four colors was chosen and repeated throughout the development assigning a color to each townhouse.
This project is within the Rice Military district, east of Shepherd, between Interstate 10 and Washington Avenue, which recently underwent redevelopment and now is home to many restaurants and bars. The popularity of this area is also due to the proximity to downtown and Memorial Park, Houston’s premier green space.
For City Promenade, the main design strategy for these townhouses was to create a great, livable community in Midtown. Built between 2002–2005, the driveway is wider to allow trees to be planted down the middle of the drive. The trees and pavers on the drive create an attractive place where residents can congregate and enjoy the space.
The decision was also made to clad the driveway façades with stucco to give residents a colorful welcome when they drive into the community.
This twin townhouse project is set back from the street by means of an exterior deck above the garage. The deck, an extension of the living room, buffers the living space from the busy street. The third floor balcony and study cantilever over the deck and provide shade for the large, south facing living room windows. The interior spaces are organized around a split-entry; that is, the public entrance off the street is into a space that is in between the first and second floor, bypassing the bedrooms on the first floor. The second floor is completely open with kitchen, dining, and living rooms together. The study on the third floor overlooks the living room below. Complementary colors were used for the façade composition. It received a 2004 Merit Award for design from AIA Houston.
The second floor entertainment space in these 2400 sq.ft. homes is dramatic with fine detailing and an atrium staircase that overlooks the main entry. The kitchen, living and dining room are integrated on the second floor where the spaces flow into each other. The dining room is partially enclosed so that it can function as a separate room. The exterior composition of stucco and metal volumes complements the urban setting of the eight-townhouse development. A 2002 Merit Award for design was received from AIA Houston.
One of the challenges our company faced in designing and building these town houses was working within the new City Development Ordinance. The new garage setbacks led us to provide a striking design in which the garages are not the prominent feature. For these 2800 sq. ft. townhouses we wanted to develop a new form, with a vibrant, innnovative look.
The 3 townhomes were the cover story in Texas Architect in May 2001. The article related how we integrated the city’s new setbacks in the design of the townhomes.