The owners wanted to salvage and rebuild a dated, mid-century ranch home located on a large lot in Alamo Heights, Texas. The owners were clear about recreating a new, modern, open home but one that engaged the spirit of the mid-century modern ranch home like those of Architects like Eichler and Cliff May. The existing 2,100 square foot home required extensive work to both open up the home and create spaces for additional bedrooms and baths. The architect also wanted to create a home that engaged the large lot-particularly towards the backyard around its expansive screened in porch.
The completed 3,600 square foot, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home embraced its mid-century ranch architecture and blended the 1,500 square foot addition into a harmonious connection with unique exterior finishes to give the home a “new and modern” look. The home includes a detached, stackable, 4-car garage which includes a pool cabana and workshop. The architect paid careful attention to scale when creating the detached structures as to not overwhelm the main home and outdoor spaces.
Because the Owners asked to maintain the original linear screened porch in the new design, it became the central anchoring element of the spaces surrounding it. Living areas were created by removing interior walls and then vaulting to the original roof line to create dramatic open spaces. The addition was focused to the East side of the property, allowing for a courtyard edge to the new pool. The home included a variety of exterior materials, therefore, order was given to residence by utilizing a three material palate. Stucco was used as the primary base grounding material-covering the original red brick, painted hardie-board siding was used for building insets, and metal siding was used to accentuate architectural features.