AIA Houston Home Tour
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8718 Westview Drive — studioMET architects

8718 Westview Drive — studioMET architects

Located on a corner lot along a busy street this home looks inward to a lush backyard with a large pool, covered patio, and “THE” oak tree. Two large oak trees are a primary reason the homeowners purchased this property, one in the front and one at the back. The siting of the house and overall massing was driven by these two trees. Another driving force for this project is multigenerational living which is on the rise and becoming the new normal for many families.

The first floor consists of an open concept floor plan for the kitchen, living, dining and entry. In addition to this public realm the “mother-in-law” suite is located on the first floor incorporating accessibility and universal design principles.

In responding to the streetscape a patio off the 2nd floor family room located at the front corner of the home becomes the front porch of the house while still maintaining privacy for the family. All other sleeping quarters are located on the second floor positioned to focus views on the backyard while creating a buffer with other program towards the front of the property.

The home displays a simple palate of earth tone materials with a combination of brick along with board and batten siding. Floor to ceiling glazing focuses attention to the outdoors and blurs the boundary between indoors and out. These captured views are thoughtfully created to work harmoniously with the home.