Refreshing a classic bungalow in the restrictive Heights Historic District is challenging, especially when the aesthetic is more modern than craftsman. But when the Houston Heights Association recognizes your project as a 2018 finalist for the Community Improvement Residential Award you know the perfect balance of old and new was achieved.

The original structure was a cramped 1,194 sq. ft. in complete disrepair and surrounded by overgrown vegetation and trash. The new footprint, created by the team at Brickmoon Design, added a second story, garage, two outdoor porch spaces, enclosed outdoor kitchen, and over 2,600 sq. ft. of interior living space.

The result is a revitalized bungalow is streamlined, functionally chic, and features multiple one-of-a-kind elements constructed with modern materials. The custom kitchen island is concrete with a reclaimed wood inlay designed by the homeowner. The second floor features an art studio with towering vaulted ceilings, ample natural light, and a custom 6’x10’ painting rack, as well as a guest suite.

Favorite Construction Element: The four-panel sliding doors used in the master bedroom and off the screened-in porch and exterior Douglas Fir porch columns.

Favorite Overall Element: The playful and provocative artwork that solidifies this home’s ultimate cool vibe. (Think it’s cool? Check out the artist Kelli Vance)