This New-Old House

This New-Old House
Story:

When you’re the new kid on the block, it’s often hard to gain acceptance. If your taste is modern and you try to fit in a traditional neighborhood, you are the new non-conforming kid on the block, but I can satisfy a modern owner and the most discriminating traditional neighbor with proportional massing and strategic detailing to create a New-Old House.

Location:

Boerne, TX (Designed 2014; Built 2014)

Idea:

Modern volume bisects a traditional volume

Personalized new home!

Stats:

2600 SF; 3 BR, 2BA home

Client’s Style:

modern, traditional, both!

Services:

The Sketch, The Details, The Docs, The Advisor

Lifestyle Features:
  • large sitting & breakfast area that transforms for activities
  • multi-purpose project room for crafts, storage, laundry and study
  • split plan to provide owner & guest privacy
  • create display areas in guest & master closet to display treasured collectibles
  • single-car garage & separate guest parking area
  • wide geometric pavers to provide a solid approach, but allow water infiltration
Environment Solutions:
  • deep overhangs to reduce solar gain
  • hi-efficiency, low-e windows to reduce heat gain
  • hi-efficiency HVAC unit with MERV filter to reduce indoor pollutants
  • metal roofs equipped with gutters and water catchment irrigation system
Community Influence
  • borrow neighborhood fabric to make a new home fit in an old neighborhood
  • retained all but one existing tree to provide shade and be a good earth steward
  • positioned home between setbacks and easements to provide landscape buffer between neighbors
Sketches:

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