River Oaks Residence

Houston, Texas

Scope:  Two-story private residence

Completed: Under Construction

The design is consistent with the historical presence and architectural harmony of River Oaks.  The simple form uses vernacular materials like Texas limestone, traditional stucco and rich woods to create a clean and elegant composition.  The formal arrangement of the residence utilizes the lot in a logical way to allow for vistas and open space.

The residences on the courtyards of Stanmore have two fronts; one is on the street and the other is to the vast green space of the shared community courtyard.  Each facade has an important presence.  The residence is designed to maximize the opportunities each frontage provides and to respond to them uniquely. The courtyard facade has a stone veneer with a hipped roof.  The residence then steps back in plan to create an internal yard, as do the neighboring homes.  This gesture brings down the scale of the residence and contributes to the openness of the courtyards by maintaining the rhythm of the existing frontages.

The existing large oak tree is a part of the east elevation as it softens the facade and obscures views to and from the second floor of the residence to give the bedroom a “treehouse” feel.

Project designed in collaboration with George Allen Cole, LLC. & Lucinda Loya Interiors. 


Date: October 21, 2014