AIA Houston Home Tour
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5530 Longmont Drive

Photos by Ben Hill Photography

As a child, she played under the canopy of the three now-mature live oaks planted by her grandparents. Years later, she and her husband purchased the property and considered remodeling the original ranch house, but concluded a new house would better meet their needs. The home wasn’t to feel new and needed to avoid current trends in style and materiality as well as the giant scale on most new builds. Finally, it was to be nestled into the live oaks’ canopy—appearing to be a survivor from a previous era.

From the street, distinctive elements are seen in exposed timber rafter tails, the exposed timber-framed front porch and porte cochere, authentic fully operable louver shutters and simulated antique brick. Brick from the existing house became exterior pavers.

The home’s “H” plan allows most rooms to have at least two outside walls with views to the surrounding garden. Many rooms were placed in similar locations as the original house, which creates a surprising feeling of familiarity. The single-story backyard wings minimize the need for branch pruning.

Inside, the home feels warm and comfortable, restrained and humble, yet well-crafted. An ambiance of serenity confirms everything is in its place. Beautiful quarter sawn white oak floors, extensive painted wood paneling and large windows convey a sense of spaciousness with expansive views. 

While the home’s cost-per-square-foot is about two-thirds the cost of comparable homes in the area, its list of notable features is impressive. Special highlights include a large garage with workshop for hobbies, a barn door from the garage to the backyard, and an exercise room.