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n my first editor’s note for Houston House & Home I’ll confess I always turn the calendar from February to March with a sigh of relief that the coldest months are behind us. I pause to turn my face towards the sun’s rays and give thanks for a blue sky day........... The Rice Design Alliance
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This opened up the wall between the two original rooms and lends the feeling of more space by linking the dining room and kitchen to the sunken family room.
house& home | M a r c h 2 0 1 0 | h o u s e a n d h o m e o n l i n e . L E F T : A butler’s pantry was removed to allow the dining room to flow directly into the kitchen and opening up space for a full-size pantry.A B O V E : After careful consideration with architects Rogers+Labarthe. the architects envisioned that expanding up and out by bridging the space between the existing home and the detached garage would double the Baur’s square footage while preserving their home’s character. Finally. com
. homeowners Cindy and Ronald Baur chose to expand and enhance their 1938 bungalow rather than buy a larger home in another neighborhood.
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Cindy and Ronald Baur loved the little gray brick cottage on the corner of Addison and Stockton. Moving to Houston from San Francisco in 1998. who worked with Cindy and Ronald for two years to re-imagine the home. even as they added in amenities modern families find necessary: larger living space. looking at it from various angles. “We went back and forth. they settled into the 1938 house in the Southgate neighborhood. determining what would be the ultimate plan for the Baur home.” says Cindy.
Fast forward a decade. The firm had experience putting additions onto historic homes while paying careful attention to maintain the original style. loving its cozy feel and ample natural light. “We thought we might move and we looked in River Oaks and in the Heights. toss in two children and a dog and the cozy cottage had become a might too snug. We thought we might remodel. Thus began their search for someone who could remodel the home without giving up its pre-War charm.
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into the sunroom on the left and the dining room on the right. Walls and furnishings are painted white to ease the eye through the more generous space. it came together pretty quickly. O P P O S I T E : In the new modern kitchen. “We chose to put the mass of the extension of the family room and the master suite along the north property line and create a center piece between the original structure and the garage. which was removed to allow the room to flow directly into the kitchen. dining room and family room now connected with wide-open doorways. “Now we have a real family pantry. The new stainless appliances blend with antique-inspired touches.”
house& home | M a r c h 2 0 1 0 | h o u s e a n d h o m e o n l i n e .” The result is a deceptively simple unfolding of the home as you enter from the front door on Addison (it’s more apparent if you look at the home from the Stockton side. effectively opening a wall between the two original rooms. while Cambrian black antique granite countertops provide a modern. natural light and neighborhood ambiance flow into much of the Baur’s home through the abundant windows. opening the door in the kitchen that provides storage for everything from day-to-day staples to serving trays and extra appliances. The dining room was once accessed by a butler’s pantry. white wood-paneled cabinets recall the history of the home. effectively doubling the home’s square footage. Note that the columns on the island and bar echo the front porch columns. It’s here that you realize something special happened to the cozy cottage. com
. “We couldn’t do a lot with the width of the kitchen.) Off the entryway is the original living room. The firm’s “ah ha!” moment came when they realized they could essentially bridge the space between the home and the detached garage and expand up and out. country-style faucet and glass-front cabinets.” says Suzanne Labarthe.” says John Rogers. fully equipped kitchens. such as the curvy.
rooms. we created the idea of more space.A B O V E : With the kitchen. “Once we saw that. yet classic look. “but by opening up that wall into the dining room.
” she points out above the mirror and the bathroom sink. “But we still kept this small window to let some natural light in. while ensuring there was more open space. which Cindy
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. the original two-bedroom design got a makeover. The big family room has a banquette along the wall and a huge area filled with couches and seating space.” Across the hall is son Jack’s room. custom-designed with tile floors and built-in shelving designed to keep things organized. making for an easy gathering space. “You can see where the new dormer comes down. even as it expands before your eyes. Both the generous coffee table and the antique armoire provide storage to keep clutter at bay.A B O V E : Soft. Cindy found numerous antiques and vintage pieces at local re-sale shops and antiques stores. where the original wall coming off the staircase was moved back about a foot to create a corridor leading to the new master suite and study
house& home | M a r c h 2 0 1 0 | h o u s e a n d h o m e o n l i n e . Sinking the space also allowed for keeping the original roof lines. yet striking. bordered by a bar/buffet that keeps the welcoming feel of the home.
The kitchen blends horizontally into a sunken family room. The Cambrian black antique granite on the kitchen countertops. turning the original master bedroom into daughter Kate’s pink-and-green girl space. Reclaimed hardwood floors from Historic Houston match the original floors and all of the original glass doorknobs and hinges were rehabbed by Colonial Brass. O P P O S I T E : Sally Wheat Interiors matched the wrought iron on the original curving staircase. On the other side of the expanse. Upstairs. the center island and the buffet bring the rooms closer together. a mud room comes in off the garage. The decidedly unfussy pieces are perfect for the busy family. too. giving the new space the sense that it’s been there for decades. Labarthe says one of her greatest moments in working on the house was ensuring natural light remained in the en-suite bath.
area. a garden tub sits under a long window and the shower stall boasts a rainforest shower head. filled with the Baurs’ old master bedroom furniture.” At the very end of the hall is the massive master suite. “And it still manages to feel like the right scale. as well as the massive oak.”
R I G H T : Living up to its name.” he says. “It would’ve been really easy to sell it to a developer who could’ve easily ripped it down and put up some McMansion. Along that corridor are more built-in bookshelves and a study alcove that overlooks a new patio. “But they really loved this home and wanted to find a way to bring old and new together. “And it was like sleeping in a tree house. “For a little while after the remodel was done. Sliding doors opposite the alcove open into the new guest room. Cindy found some X-benches at The Guild Shop and plans to re-upholster them.” says Suzanne. which was spared by locating the addition between the detached garage and the house. we slept up here. without being too big. In the master bath. one of which opens onto a little faux balcony. they sit at the foot of the bed.” says Cindy.
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.” Rogers agrees and gives credit to the Baurs for their love of the home. “This is such a charming house and it was great to be able to do something cool with it while keeping the harmony of the neighborhood. the sunroom provides a cheery place for plants and people to survey the neighborhood. with a high boxed ceiling and huge windows.
benches and other touches at The Guild Shop and similar re-sale and antique stores helps keep the homey feel. And Cindy’s ability to find various dressers. there are several design notes throughout the home that meld the modern and the historic. All of the home’s original glass doorknobs and hinges were preserved. white Carrera marble surfaces. Designer Sally Wheat matched the wrought iron railing that borders the original curving staircase.”
R I G H T : The generous new master bath was a necessary upgrade for homeowners Cindy and Ronald Baur. Art Decoinspired sconces. Cindy says it feels like it was always this perfect. Cottage windows in the living room and the sunroom add character and harkens to the 1930s look. “It felt like home right away. cleaned and re-plated by Colonial Brass and add a stunning period detail amid the re-model.In addition to the structural elements. Reclaimed hardwood floors perfectly matched the original and Cindy praises Historic Houston’s ability to find them. com
house& home | M a r c h 2 0 1 0 | h o u s e a n d h o m e o n l i n e . Details such as the cottage-inspired windows. vintage-look faucets and the allwhite cabinets and trim lend a glamorous 1930s mystique to the all-new space. After the 11-month renovation and nearly a year in the home. even with all the new space.
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house& home | M a r c h 2 0 1 0 | h o u s e a n d h o m e o n l i n e . Two dormers were added to complement the original dormer. while sticking to the white theme. while cottage windows wrap the living room and sunroom. The white palette is sprinkled with dashes of blue. drawn from the nature-print pillows. brown and yellow. com
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