8725 Banzer Street — RD Architecture, LLC
Redefining the iconic 3/2 Houston ranch home, this remodel-turned-new-construction was built on the footprint of the owners’ original home and designed to respect the mid-century roots of the neighborhood. The new structure moves toward a more contemporary design aesthetic, incorporates aging-in-place features, and focuses on sustainability—ultimately earning a LEED Silver rating. The spaces and rooms of the home are in the same general locations as the original house, keeping the spirit and memories alive.
Upon entering, visitors will note the home’s volume, appearing much larger than homes twice its size, yet balanced with a welcoming, honest and transparent ambience. Soaring vaulted living room and master bedroom spaces feature exposed structural steel beams—including one painted yellow and signed by everyone whose skilled hands helped create the home, tongue and groove ceilings, and clerestory windows that create a living sundial flooded with natural light. A custom automation system controls LED lighting, Mecho shades, security, HVAC and AV systems.
It was extremely important for everything to have its own place, resulting in meticulously detailed cabinets for specific uses, a custom-designed knife drawer, and a cupboard with a hidden pass-through that makes it easy to transport food from a secondary fridge in the laundry room.
Kid-friendly touches include a guest bedroom with a built-in bookcase for children's books and windows with a low sight line that encourage curiosity of the outdoors.
Designed for low maintenance, the outdoor space features a wood-formed concrete wall and simple counter that conceal a free-standing grill. Angled-steel posts provide support for patio-shading fabric covers and a small water feature sculpture graces the landscaping.