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2040A Arlington Street — Brett Zamore Design

2040A Arlington Street — Brett Zamore Design

Built in the Heights on a lot purchased by the neighboring homeowners (a rarity in the area), the pool house and pool are situated to the north of the main home, providing additional living quarters, a bathroom and sizable pool. The rectilinear plan is an ideal solution for its 50’ x 125’ lot. Raised on piers, the 12’ x 42’ house features eight-foot covered front and back porches and a central-connecting outdoor space with a wood-burning fireplace. The structure aligns with the bungalows along the street, running the width of the property to clearly distinguish the public facade from the private backyard. A linear lap pool and hot tub crown the back of the property, while a green space along the north presents an open landscape.

After ascending the stairs to the front porch, visitors will gravitate to the central breezeway and its views to the back pool, feeling a simplicity in rhythm and repetition. The dog-trot inspired plan enables light and air circulation to be regulated according to the changing demands of climate and inhabitant. French doors open to the backyard, while evenly spaced windows face the street. The central breezeway can be opened or closed for privacy with sliding louvered doors.

Sustainable practices incorporated into construction include the wood-framed floor, which reduces the carbon footprint and aids in cooling, green-forested wood products, LED light fixtures, high efficiency mechanical, PEX-piping and low-flow water fixtures. High energy-rated windows and doors, cement board siding, and a standing seam galvalume roof help withstand the Texas heat and humidity. Landscaping will incorporate Texas native plants and black star pervious paving.