AIA San Antonio Homes Tour 2018

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A self-guided, self-driving tour of private residences designed by AIA architects.



HOMES TOUR COMMITTEE Tobin Smith, AIA Tobin Smith Architect Co-Chair

606 Dawson – Dignowity Myles Vandewalle, AIA

Craig McMahon, AIA Craig McMahon Architects Co-Chair

611 Leigh Street – Lavaca Monica Hodges, SDA


1123-1127 S. Presa Street – Southtown Alex Travassos, Assoc. AIA

Jason Puchot, AIA 2018 Chapter President

118 Umbria – Inverness Kirby Braun


351 Donella – Hollywood Park Charley Gates, AIA

Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA Executive Director Belinda Sanchez Communications & Events Coordinator

104 Ponca Bend – Shavano Park Rahnee Gladwin Isabel Garcia, Assoc. AIA

Laura Smith Director of Chapter & Member Services

Tour Guidelines

Shoes must be removed before entering the homes.

• NO photography inside featured homes. • DO NOT smoke, eat or drink in featured homes.

• NO strollers permitted in featured homes. Young children must be supervised at all times.

• DO NOT open closets, cabinets, drawers, refrigerators. • Do not sit on furniture or touch furnishings. • Be courteous of the neighborhood you are visiting. Do not block driveways, walk on lawns, or litter.

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1 Longleaf House

606 Dawson Street Dignowity


hen scouting for their future home in downtown San Antonio, architect Cotton Estes and builder Mike Long immediately recognized the “great bones� of 606 Dawson Street. Despite the wreckage left from years of neglect, Cotton and Mike saw great potential: here was a modest house close to downtown, with a clear original design which they could readily adapt to suit their needs on a tight budget. The renovation of this 1912 Craftsman-style home hinged on the simple idea of opening up spaces and building upon original features of the home, such as its high ceilings, large windows, natural materials and intuitive form. Their goal was to make this modest yet handsome 100 year-old house serve another 100 years. The original floor plan was divided into halves by removing select walls, cleanly separating the open kitchen/living/dining room from the private rooms. A shotgun view from the front door stretches through the house to the backyard palm tree, inviting visitors inward. The open living/ kitchen/dining area is tall, airy, and bright; strong connections to the front and back porches contribute to comfortable indoor-outdoor living. Small wood vestibules off the main living space


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COTTON ESTES, AIA HighCotton Architects

mark the transitions between public and private areas, while providing rhythm and contrast to the white walls. A series of simple barn doors allow for open views and movement through the house, or when closed, privacy and thermal separation between rooms as needed. Daylight quality was a major consideration in the design. A vaulted ceiling over the main living space features three operable skylights. Using digital simulations, the skylights were designed to reflect light off of the tall central wall, illuminating the tall volume and casting narrow pools of light that shift throughout the day and year. Dancing shadows from the trees above create the impression of being in a cocooned outdoor living room. The operable skylights also allow heat to escape during the swing seasons when the common areas are passively cooled with the aid of large ceiling fans. An affordable frosting technique was used on the bottom sashes of the double hung windows to provide privacy and diffuse light, while bamboo roll-up shades modulate direct light. The bedroom, bathroom and study face eastward to capture morning light. An abundance of old-growth longleaf pine from the original house provided a valuable and harvestable resource. Through a laborious process of culling and refinishing, the incredibly durable native wood was repurposed in the form of countertops, exposed jambs, shelves, and furniture,

providing an honest and unifying palette throughout. Other original elements were reworked as well. For example, stainless steel aviation cable replaced the cotton ropes in the original double-hung windows to improve durability; while D’Hanis bricks from the crumbling fireplace were reconfigured in a modern stacked bond for a new hearth.


1 Longleaf House The spirit of simplicity and material honesty at 606 Dawson Street has been respectfully preserved. With a clear vision and thoughtful interventions, this project demonstrates how a small historic home can be affordably adapted to suit a contemporary urban lifestyle and for generations to come.

606 Dawson Street Dignowity


Cotton Estes, AIA

HighCotton Architects General Contractor Longhouse Builders Photography Dror Baldinger, FAIA Architectural Photography Steelwork Better Bilt LLC


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2 Lavaca Loft

611 Leigh Street Lavaca


he residence on 611 Leigh St. is part of a larger development made possible by the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA). The house sits on one of the twenty-six lots designated for single-family housing and is also one of five lots that were reserved as affordable income lots, entered into a lottery intended for fair and equitable housing to mitigate the risk of gentrifying the neighborhood. The architecture of the house takes a contemporary approach to the design guidelines created by SAHA, Lavaca Neighborhood Association, and Alamo Architects & Ann Benson McGlone, LLC, to guide the development of the street so that the construction of the new houses would fit into the context of the overall neighborhood. One of the guidelines encouraged the use of simple roof and building forms, which drove the architect to test the limits of traditional street character with a simplified gable form and a clean and contemporary aesthetic. As you approach the house, you notice the charcoal grey standing seam metal wall panels that seamlessly transition into the roof to create the house's prominent massing. The veiled metal form and high efficiency insulated walls protect the compact plan from the western and eastern exposures, while also providing privacy. The front and rear walls of the house are set back from the building line and recessed to further define the gable shape providing for covered porches that are lined with western cedar tongue & groove siding. Fiber cement lap siding purposely interrupts the metal wall panel and frames the windows on the east and


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GEORGE TORRES, III, AIA George Torres III, Architect

west sides of the house which are painted white to create a stark contrast between the grey color of the metal panels. 4" x 8" fiber cement panels with vinyl trim joints are used in the front and rear sides of the house and are painted grey to match the metal cladding and develop a simple material language that contributes to the use of common building materials. The landscape is xeriscaped with crushed shadowstone and thoughtfully placed plants: Variegated Flax Lily and Foxtail Fern surround two Texas Redbud trees, providing for a resilient front yard offered to the neighborhood for evening dog walks and joggers. The rear yard is designed to serve as the primary entrance for the homeowners with whitewashed gravel and

a flagstone patio. The backyard is screened by a 6-foot cedar wood fence with horizontal slats and a metal sliding gate painted to match the carport which continues the juxtaposition of simple materials taken from the greater Lavaca vocabulary. The steel carport is designed to double as a rooftop patio, with access from the second level bedroom, with vistas into Hemisfair and the big tortilla basket in the sky designed by mid-century modernist O'Neil Ford for the 1968 world’s fair. The home features a custom three-vision panel wrought iron pivot door with knuckle style hinges. The entryway is accented by a steel and wood brise soleil, that appears to float away from the main facade and appropriately scales the entrance to the house.


2 Lavaca Loft

611 Leigh Street Lavaca

Designed for maximum efficiency within a tight urban lot, the first floor consists of an openplan kitchen/dining/living area connecting the loft studio space via a generous two-story vaulted volume. About the work triangle in the open kitchen, the architect incorporated an island range with stainless steel hood vent to curate a dialogue between the cook and his company. The guest bedroom is tucked behind the stairs, an adjacent bathroom is finished with modern stacked tile, a glass shower enclosure, and a contemporary vanity console. Atop the stairs is a second-floor balcony and adjacent studio space overlooking the first floor. High clerestory windows take advantage of the surrounding vantage points, framing a view of the preserved existing oak tree which shades the house and dapples dancing shadows onto the southern face of the house and into the interior walls during the evening hours. Reserved for the master bedroom suite, the northern half of the upper level provides for big views of downtown with large fenestrations on the north wall and high windows for privacy from its neighbor to the east. The master bath comes equipped with a soaking tub with therapeutic jets, vanity, and glass shower, continuing the clean, simple aesthetic tone set throughout the house. Architect

George Torres III, AIA Cabinets Cabinets to Go Contractor UBuildIt


Landscaping SM Landscape Lumber Package, Doors and Windows 84 Lumber Metal Doors and Railings AMS Group

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3 The Elevens T

he project located at 1123-1127 South Presa Street is a rare example of speculative housing in which the spaces between buildings may be just as important as the buildings themselves. Mike and Megan Perez, the brother and sister team of MP2 Urban Development, wished to attract young professionals and families to downtown San Antonio by offering a unique model of vibrant and healthy urban living. Sandwiched between two bustling streets in Southtown, the three South Presa homes offer an oasis of shaded courtyards, porches, and skyline views. The houses and the spaces between are carefully molded to give residents a balanced sense of prospect and refuge within their urban environment.

1123 - 1127 S. Presa Street Southtown

The initial challenge was how to place a trio of detached single-family homes on a relatively tight lot while responding to the site’s existing features. The architect took care during the initial planning stages to preserve heritage trees and as much open space as possible to allow for privacy, quality outdoor spaces, and access to daylight between the houses. Patios on the carport rooftops help to break up the 3-story massing while maximizing access to the outdoors. Upper-level balconies and bedrooms take advantage of northward city views, creating tree house-like perches beneath the canopy of pecan and tallow trees. Diversity of outdoor spaces also serves an important social function by modulating

Photography by Matthew Niemann Photography


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COTTON ESTES, AIA HighCotton Architects

degrees of interaction and privacy between neighbors. In every house, each major room has a considered relationship to the outdoors and to its neighbors. Bright, tall, and open living spaces feature large sliding glass doors that open onto well-defined, shaded yards. Master bedrooms adjoin intimate balconies with panoramic skyline views. Trellised rooftop patios act as beckoning stages for metropolitan entertaining, relaxing, and greeting neighbors. Combined, this array of indoor-outdoor living spaces animate the site, allowing residents to define their unique relationship to home, nature, and the city. Exterior materials strike a balance between the low-rise industrial fabric of South Presa

Street, and the tactile richness and warmth desired of a home. A unifying palette of terracotta, stucco, and cedar loosely describes the different programmatic areas of each house. The carports, for example, are made of locally-produced terracotta blocks. These single-story clay structures relate to the bricolage character of small, colorful, masonry merchant buildings found on South Presa Street. The rich texture and color of the terracotta is juxtaposed with the smooth, offwhite stucco for the primary living volumes. Cedar is used sparingly to provide a sense of warmth and human scale. The houses are “solar ready" and feature 220-volt outlets for electric vehicle charging.


3 The Elevens

1123 - 1127 S. Presa Street Southtown

The South Presa homes are a response to the growing need for thoughtful, site-sensitive, medium-density housing in San Antonio. Despite the tight site, together these houses contribute much more than sum of their parts and are deeply rooted in a sense of place. Architect

Cotton Estes, AIA

HighCotton Architects General Contractor C60Modern Design-Build Developer MP2 Urban Development Interior Design Staging D’Ette Cole Terracotta Block D’Hanis Brick Lighting West Elm Countertops Triton Stone Group Windows Milgard Floors & Tile CW Floors Container Plantings Caleb Etheredge, ASLA Coral Studio


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4 Inverness Modern

118 Umbria Inverness


18 Umbria is located on a quiet street in the north central San Antonio Inverness neighborhood. The one story 4,000 s.f. residence is surrounded by intimate sized lots with a greenbelt to one side and centered on a cul de sac. The site allows for an introverted design creating a U-shaped residence with a main courtyard to provide maximum privacy for the owners and subsequently its neighbors. The narrow front is dedicated to an entry for guests and the rear is a motor court with an oversized garage. The east facing axis faces a greenbelt and the west axis faces a neighboring property. Photography by Dror Baldinger, FAIA Architectural Photography


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JMS Architects

The front entry is on axis with the cul-de-sac and the entire front of the house arranges itself around the circular drive which allows for a careful delineation of the home’s program; separating the public realm from the more private functions. Upon entering the property up a cascading series of stone steps into a covered stone portal, a modern gas lamp signifies the homes departure from the more traditional homes in the neighborhood. Exterior materials carry into the interior as well as a living wall which further blurs the inside/ out design approach of the home. A large entry window frames a majestic mature oak, one of many that the architect to care to preserve during construction. Natural daylight in the home is maximized by carefully placed windows on all sides of the open plan u-shaped residence. Most of the windows open directly to a private courtyard anchored by a simple pool. A spacious living room opens to a “display kitchen” and a built-in wine bar. A working pantry, tucked behind the living room, provides a balance of aesthetic and function for a young modern family. A children’s wing is opposite the Master and provides for a small retreat that is directly accessible to the outside. The secluded master bedroom suite opens to the main courtyard as well to its own private garden. The exterior of the home features a series of traditional gabled forms, but arranged in a modern juxtaposition reflecting their interior function. Materials


4 Inverness Modern

118 Umbria Inverness

include a painted stucco, natural stone blocks, and Corten steel metal panels - all meant to be a modern interpretation of materials used in more traditional suburban neighborhoods. As a collaboration of the Architect and the Homeowner Builder (Owner of a local Home Building company) the home is seen as a way to create a home that responds to stringent neighborhood guidelines in innovative ways reflecting modern contextual living. Architect

Joseph M. Smith, AIA

JMS Architects General Contractor Omni Custom Homes Appliances & Plumbing Fixtures Ferguson Enterprises Cabinets J & J Custom Cabinets


Countertops Delta Granite

Millwork Builders First Source

Exterior Doors & Windows Capital Hardwoods

Pool Pool Concepts

Interior Design & Lighting Lori Caldwell Designs

Stone IH-10 Building Materials

Landscape Architect T.Y. Hall

Tile Materials Marketing

Low Voltage & Home Automation Builders Systems Group

Wood Flooring WoodCo.

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5 Casa de Fuego

351 Donella

Hollywood Park


51 Donella Drive has been the clients’ address for over 20 years. After raising two kids on the deep, tree-lined lot, they knew they loved the area, but they also knew that their home needed an update. As the couple began putting together ideas with their architect, misfortune struck in the form of an electrical fire. The fire destroyed their home, but left a foundation for their future. That existing foundation was extended to accommodate a contemporary single story 2,932 sf home that is designed for a lifetime. Understanding that the couple planned to live in the home well into their later years, the design team put together a plan that can transfer seamlessly from the clients’ current active lifestyle to a less mobile scenario. These thoughtful touches are not obvious or necessary at present, but ensure that the couple can easily transition into old age in their home. Each doorway in the residence is wide, there are no steps or elevation changes throughout the layout, and even the 4 x 12 ft. master shower is large enough to accommodate seating or even a wheelchair.


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JAMES G. KISSLING, AIA Kissling Architecture

Another especially notable aspect of the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home is its impressively low cost per square foot. Achieving this was possible due in large part to the involvement of the homeowners, who spent countless hours online sourcing the best deals to achieve their design goals. Appliances, light fixtures, plumbing, and doors were carefully selected with the goal of meeting a strict budget while honoring the design aesthetic. The home, although new, fits into the context of the older, established neighborhood. Framed by majestic oaks, the home has a welcoming stucco exterior, a metal roof, and generous windows. The striking grid-patterned double front door contributes to the architectural composition of the front elevation. The home was designed to create a direct connection to the outdoors, and facilitates easy entertaining. Inside, an open kitchen and living area includes 12-foot ceilings and a bay of glass doors leading to an expansive covered back porch, which includes an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and seating area. A separate outdoor area adjacent to the master suite includes an outdoor shower and courtyard area. The stone fireplace structure is completely separated from the main house, but is positioned so that the couple can enjoy watching it from both the outside and inside living areas. The thoughtful programming includes “his and her� side entrances, with one entrance creating a direct connection from grocery shelves to pantry shelves. A commercial refrigerator in the garage expedites the process of unloading groceries


5 Casa de Fuego

351 Donella

Hollywood Park

and supplies. This wing of the home includes a jealousyinducing laundry room, a generous pantry, and immediate kitchen access, as well as a home gym and the master suite. The other entrance, which will eventually include an exterior workshop and carport area, includes an elegant hallway bar and direct access to the outdoor cooking area. The new house on Donella proves that a tasteful and architectural home can be constructed within the same budgetary confines as a custom built home.


James G. Kissling, AIA

Kissling Architecture General Contractor John Kissling Kissling Design Build, LLC Lumber: BMC West Appliances Expressions Home Gallery A Morrison Supply Showroom Countertops True Blue Granite Doors & Trim Roddis Lumber Garage Doors Hollywood-Crawford Door Co. Hardware & Plumbing Fixtures Studio 41 Lighting Fixtures & Furniture Restoration Hardware Masonry San Antonio Masonry & Tool Specialty Painting Rob Swain 210-833-1915 Tile Materials Marketing Windows Don Young Co Wood Flooring Floor Depot


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6 Pool Pavilion

104 Ponca Bend Shavano Park


eeking an old-world feel inspired by the openness and warmth of Italian country kitchens, the clients—a textile artist and an inventor—were also in search of a space that reflected a contemporary aesthetic. What was originally meant to be an interior renovation of an existing pool house on the property, manifested itself into an outdoor pavilion to cook, entertain, and connect with people and nature. The original pool house foundation serves as the starting point for the new structure. The preservation and repurposing of this concrete slab is important to the concept of a retained history. The new structure is built using colored concrete, eastern red cedar, and steel. Such materiality defines every aspect of the new structure, which is used to embrace its evolution over time, showing signs of use and heightened texture. The board-form concrete is modified by sandblasting the wood to accentuate the natural grain. Warming the concrete with coloring serves as a reference to the aesthetic of the home, simultaneously harmonizing and juxtaposing the modern


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and more traditional designs. In conceptualizing the outdoor space, specialized cooking elements define the design, highlights of which are a wood fired pizza oven and parrilla grill and fireplace. Social aspects are introduced in spaces for food preparation and entertainment. This can be seen particularly in the center table—a collaboration of Zubiate Projects and Oscar’s Custom Iron Works—which rises for use as a bar or lowers for use as a formal dining table. The surrounding landscape design similarly emulates these needs with the incorporation of a chef's garden and an olive orchard reminiscent of the original Italian inspiration. Originally, the pool house was proposed to be enclosed—this was adjusted in the design process in order for the structure to become more integrated and connected with the home, pool and overall landscape. This openness is most accentuated in the kitchen area, as well as the open-air garden shower with water jet cut steel walls and a bathroom with light wells in the water closet. Additional details were developed using leather and brass such as the cabinet pulls in the kitchen, towel hooks in the shower, and custom sink in the bathroom. Fixtures for plumbing and the large wheel on the side of the parilla grill and fireplace were adapted for new uses. Aside from the kitchen cabinets, specialty storage was designed for garden and pool supplies in areas that allowed for convenience yet remained out of sight.


6 Pool Pavilion

104 Ponca Bend Shavano Park

French & Michigan is founded in the research of art and design. Its branch, F&M Workshop is an endeavor to rethink design and build concepts through the physical act of making. Working within a repurposed 1940’s auto repair shop, designers and makers share an environment where ideas are explored through dialogue and iterative process. Projects are developed through careful consideration of materials and methodologies that draw upon skills derived from research, custom work, and ingenuity arising from experimentation. In the melding of material and landscape, F&M designs spaces and creates objects reflective of function, quality, and craft. This special project is one of the first by F&M that encapsulates this mission.

Design-Build Contractor & Landscape Design French & Michigan Structural Engineer Persyn Engineering Appliances Factory Builder’s Stores Custom Steel Work Diversified Design Custom Iron Work Oscar's Custom Iron Works Custom Wood Furniture Zubiate Projects Landscape Contractor Sendero Septics, Sprinklers, and Landscapes


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