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Wood, Metal and Brick Set the Stage in This Comfortable Family AbodeBy Barbara Canetti • Photos by Premier Realty Services

The first thing visitors see inside the new modern industrial house in Meyerland is a brick wall – right in the middle of the entranceway.

“Without the wall, you can see all the way into the house because of the glass entrance,” says builder Bryan Phillips of Cason Graye Homes. “The brick wall is a backdrop to set up the foyer and offers the family some privacy.”

The 5,670-square-foot house, home to a family with three daughters, was designed with family in mind. All the “formals” – living room, dining room, breakfast area – have been combined into one large open area with the kitchen anchoring one wall. The staircase to the upper level winds down into the kitchen with its towering two-story ceiling.

“We wanted the kitchen to be the central gathering place, so you are in it as soon as you come down the stairs,” says Phillips.
All the appliances are stainless Thermador and the nearby butler’s pantry houses work areas and additional storage. Two large islands of white quartz – each seating three people – face the busy part of the kitchen, thus allowing for additional meeting and social areas.

The floors throughout the downstairs are engineered oak, which Phillips says makes the house feel even larger because of the continuity.

He says many new construction projects in this area fall between the traditional to modern spectrum. This home is modern industrial, with exposed ductwork and open cabinetry, along with a mixture of wood, metal and brick. Entire walls of floor-to-ceiling glass bathe the house in natural light, while also providing views of the pool and yard.

But the theme for the house, says architect Todd Rice of Rice Residential Design, LLC, was keeping the family in mind. “This home was designed for large gatherings and parties,” says Rice. The living room, with its matching couches that face the fireplace, has three large flat screen TVs above it to accommodate the diverse taste in entertainment.

“They can mute the sound on the TV and watch the Astros and Texans play, while the teenage girls can watch their favorite show,” says Phillips. “This way the family can stay together rather than each being in separate rooms.”

The staircase to the upstairs level opens onto a second family room with an L-shaped couch over an area rug. All the bedrooms are on this floor. A fully-stocked coffee bar outside the master suite has been set up for convenient early morning beverages and quiet time.

The master suite, softened with muted grays, also has access to large oversized closets with shelving for shoes, bags, accessories and an illuminated cabinet. The master has a private balcony as well.
The daughters’ rooms each have one wall painted black or a dark color to show off their art or personal choices for decorations.

Phillips says even thought was given to the mud room, furnished with modern industrial cabinets and a kennel for the family pets.

Besides the numerous indoor spots for relaxing and gathering, the outside areas offer even more nooks to congregate and entertain or sit peacefully. There are several balconies or decks and ample seating around the pool, hot tub and fire pit.

In front of the fireplace is comfortable seating for eight, adjacent to tables and chairs for outdoor dining. A full outdoor kitchen was installed under a covered roof made of cedar siding gathered four years ago when a nearby house was demolished. The wood was saved and recycled as the ceiling.

“It is truly something,” says Phillips. “There are more than a dozen places in this house [for the family] to sit and relax. It really is a comfortable home.”

Cason Graye Homes
(custom home builder)
Bryan Phillips, GMB, CGB
5205 Spruce, Bellaire

Rice Residential Design, LLC
Todd Rice
2500 Fondren, Suite 100

(cabinets in bathrooms, utility room, mudroom)
533 Highway 36 North, Rosenberg

(plumbing fixtures)

(most countertops)

Coyote Outdoor Living
(summer kitchen)
Carrollton, Texas

Gulf Coast Flooring & Services
9703 Plainfield

High Fashion Home
(furniture and rugs)
3100 Travis

Houston Window Fashions
(window coverings)
By appointment only

(coffee bar)

Lush Outdoor Living, Inc.
(swimming pool)
2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 602

(plumbing fixtures)

Modern Industrial Furniture
(fireplace surround and furnishings, lockers and drawers in mud room, illuminated floating shelves in bar and coffee bar area)
By appointment

8600 Commerce Park

Raynor Garage Doors
(StyleView™ Collection)

Restoration Hardware
(indoor and outdoor
4030 Westheimer

(kitchen, bar and coffee bar cabinets)
3801 Kirby, Suite 120

(kitchen, pantry, coffee bar appliances)

(composite wood pool decking)

Houston Web Design Company