exterior and backyard
Today is that day! This is the final episode of the #myhouse tour. Now that spring has arrived, at least here in Houston, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about exteriors. If you want to catch up, you can find the rest of the home tour in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
When thinking about the aesthetics of the home, I wanted something traditional yet updated. We also wanted to pay homage to historic Houston Heights and the eclectic yet historic surrounding architecture. So I chose a neo-Tudor style house. The Tudor style is reminiscent of English domestic architecture, especially the medieval and post-medieval styles of his 1600 to his 1700 period. However, Neo His Tudor is a little different in that it is a more modern interpretation of this iconic style. Choosing the right materials was paramount to achieving the look. Despite being new, all of the brickwork has been reclaimed, adding character and patina. Some of the bricks are engraved with the word “Houston” along with past company names, a little nod to the city I call home. Don’t take reused parts into account when designing your home. There is always a time and a place for antiques.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: natural light was one of the most important elements in the design of my home. For me, windows have the biggest impact on the look of a home. You’ll notice bay window details throughout the exterior of the home. Bay window details add even more natural light to each space. All windows are Sierra Pacific aluminum clad windows. The interior windows feature clear coat pine and can be customized to match your home’s interior color. All facades with windows are painted in Sherwin’s Williams custom color, which is very close to Urbain Bronze. Of course, being gorgeous, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include a Bevolo gas lantern. Located at the front entrance and backyard. I’m a big fan of Bevolo, the company is known for their beautiful lanterns.
The backyard has both a living area and a grill across the garden. The time spent in this space has become some of the best family memories ever. Moss Landscaping helped us come up with a beautiful backyard landscaping plan and get the hardscape done right. The garden area is covered with grass. This is very common in Texas and is great for relatively low-maintenance gardens. We’ve only been in this home for less than a year, and it’s a beautiful landscape with oak, lavender, and holly trees adding privacy and espalier along a beautiful lattice fence. All of these pieces are starting to mature and bloom beautifully.
Design points: Study, study, study! When tackling new construction or remodeling, research as many exteriors as possible to find what speaks to you. Also, take note of nearby architecture and try to incorporate designs that complement the area.
Well, that’s all about #MyHouse! Thank you so much for being with me on this journey. We would be happy to receive your feedback, answer your questions, and provide resources for your future projects. Until next time!