AIA Houston Home Tour
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707 E 9th Street

Photos by Ben Hill Photography

Unobtrusively welcoming guests from a friendly one-story-appearing elevation from the street, this Heights home becomes more impressive at the rear to incorporate a second floor. A center courtyard showcases a swimming pool, summer kitchen, and outdoor living space equipped with a fireplace and fire pit. Floor-to-ceiling expansive windows and doors give all the main rooms of the dwelling views of the inviting space. A children’s play area is tucked behind a stunning black artisan privacy fence, which allows enticing peeks into the home’s private spaces.

Upon entering, the connection to the outdoor entertaining spaces, yard and pool is immediately evident and extends the home’s living area to embrace the outdoors. Unique handmade tiles, contemporary cabinetry in light frosted oak, expansive ceiling heights and an open floor plan contribute to a simple, clean ambiance. One of the architect’s most-requested features, the Scullery kitchen, anchors the service core and provides a place for the refrigerator, small appliances, coffee pot, toaster and microwave, bringing much of the everyday function into this space rather than the kitchen. Additional special elements abound such as an inset teak shower floor in the master bath’s unique wet/dry area and accommodating ensuite baths in each bedroom.

Several key features specifically enhance the homeowners’ lifestyle. He is a physician and can work odd hours so a small study with pocket doors next to the master suite allows him to work without disturbing his wife late at night. A camouflaged secondary door within the hallway’s shiplap walls gives him direct access to the master suite without having to walk through the entire house.