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Take a tour of Houston’s most stunning properties of 2021

As the coronavirus dragged right into a second 12 months, our properties mattered greater than ever. They shifted from be locations the place we hunkered all the way down to keep away from a virus and stared into video cameras and at laptop screens to work and attend college, to being locations the place we discovered our new regular.

We constructed wine rooms and cocktail lounges to loosen up and collect in small teams. We put in coloration and sample to combat boredom. We began rising vegetation — indoors and open air — to remain related to nature, and improved our patios, too.

The 2021 checklist of the town’s most stunning properties, compiled from properties I’ve visited and written about, exhibits all of those developments and extra. They could simply encourage you to strive one thing new in your personal dwelling in 2022.

Creating eclectic fashion

Design team: interior designer Genna Weidner and building designer Deborah Hasou of Weidner Hasou & Co., architect Travis Mattingly of Architectural Solutions and builder Andy Abercrombie of Abercrombie Builders

Design crew: inside designer Genna Weidner and constructing designer Deborah Hasou of Weidner Hasou & Co., architect Travis Mattingly of Architectural Options and builder Andy Abercrombie of Abercrombie Builders

Kerry Kirk

As Invoice Swenson approached retirement, he favored the thought of ranging from scratch and constructing a home that was precisely what he wished, down to each final element. He and spouse Sandy use this entrance room as their TV room; it’s paneled with planks of bleached mahogany wooden on two partitions and the ceiling.

Invoice Swenson turned a superb shopper. He discovered the eating room’s French midcentury buffet on a visit to Austin and the classic Murano lamps on-line. Learn the unique story right here. 

Grand construct

Design team: interior designer Talbot Cooley Interiors, architect Ryan Gordon of Gordon Partners Design and builder Brian Thompson of Thompson Custom Homes.

Design crew: inside designer Talbot Cooley Interiors, architect Ryan Gordon of Gordon Companions Design and builder Brian Thompson of Thompson Customized Houses.

Kerry Kirk

When James and Michelle Mouton constructed their Memorial dwelling, they wished a eating room that might host huge dinner events that also may really feel intimate. Designer Talbot Cooley designed a sq. desk that may seat 12, then added custom-made chairs, a surprising chandelier, colourful artwork and a grand piano.

The Moutons additionally constructed a bar on one aspect of the lounge, clad in slabs of marble with nice lighting and classy barstools. Learn the unique story right here. 

Well being-focused building

Design team: Laura Britt of Britt Design Group, Austin, and studioMET Architects

Design crew: Laura Britt of Britt Design Group, Austin, and studioMET Architects

Jack Thompson

Dr. Maria Cabanillas focuses on thyroid most cancers in her job as an oncologist-endocrinologist within the Texas Medical Middle. Her accomplice Kris Griffith is a well being administrator there, too. So when their home close to the med middle was falling aside, it was a chance to construct new, and with supplies which are higher for them and for the atmosphere. They created a contemporary dwelling with eco-friendly finishes and photo voltaic panels, plus a big yard for gardening and entertaining. Learn the unique story right here. 

Trendy man

Design team: He did it himself

Design crew: He did it himself

Boca do Lobo

Houston tech entrepreneur Fiyyaz Pirani went all out for his new penthouse at The Mond high-rise within the Museum District. His eating room is full of ultra-modern luxurious furnishings by Boca do Lobo and modern artwork that he bought all around the world. Learn the unique story right here. 

Final luxurious

Design team: Josh Weisman’s Construction Concepts, architect Isaac Levy and interior designer LeTricia Wilbanks of The WM

Design crew: Josh Weisman’s Development Ideas, architect Isaac Levy and inside designer LeTricia Wilbanks of The WM

Michael Hunter

With child No. 2 on the way in which, builder Josh Weisman and his spouse Trisha constructed this very modern dwelling on an elevated lot in Braes Heights. Their main toilet evokes a luxurious lodge expertise. Learn the unique story right here.

Embracing artwork

Design team: Jana Erwin and Audrey Tejauno of Nest Design Group and Garrett Custom Homes

Design crew: Jana Erwin and Audrey Tejauno of Nest Design Group and Garrett Customized Houses

Julie Soefer

Extra owners are buying unique artwork to specific their style and magnificence and to reinforce their environment. When Amy Rozell bought an present home in River Oaks, she set out on an in depth renovation challenge that included an art-driven mural for her eating room. Learn the unique story right here. 

Maximalism is again

Design team: Cindy Witmer Designs

Design crew: Cindy Witmer Designs

Kerry Kirk

Todd and Brenda Huskin wished their dwelling to be “an expertise” for guests. Brenda’s an avowed maximalist who loves the fashion of famend designer Miles Redd. When she contacted Houston inside designer Cindy Witmer, she challenged even her love of sample and coloration. The renovated their total dwelling, together with this household room that additionally serves as a work-from-home area for Todd.

The Huskinsons turned one unused bed room right into a pool room, with energetic wallpaper, rattan furnishings and artwork with a tropical theme. Learn the unique story right here. 

Reinventing rooms

Design team: Lindsey Herod Interiors

Design crew: Lindsey Herod Interiors

Michael Hunter

As extra of us labored from dwelling extra and went out for enjoyable much less, we created our personal locations to loosen up. Nick and Claire Petree didn’t use their breakfast nook for consuming, in order that they made it a spot the place they may get pleasure from a cup of espresso within the morning, iced tea within the afternoon or a craft cocktail or glass of wine within the night. Their designer, Lindsey Herod, created cupboards alongside an out of doors wall, together with a wallpaper remedy with cabinets for a barlike look. Learn the unique story right here. 

One thing for everybody

Design team: Rainey Richardson Interiors,  architect David Cox of Design DCA and Bruce Winfrey of Winfrey Design Build

Design crew: Rainey Richardson Interiors,  architect David Cox of Design DCA and Bruce Winfrey of Winfrey Design Construct

Kenny Braun

April and Victor Palafox’s blended household consists of six kids — with two units of twins — of highschool and faculty age. After they married they constructed a house in Tanglewood with loads of room for the youngsters and their associates, however with some issues for them, too. For instance, the gorgeous eating room that exhibits off April’s sense of fashion and Victor’s love of artwork. The bar and wine wall are good, too. Learn the unique story right here. 

Getting away

Design team: Stacee Lynn Bell of Our Barndominium Life

Design crew: Stacee Lynn Bell of Our Barndominium Life

Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

Up to now couple of years, loads of Houston space residents have both left the town for nation life, or constructed a second dwelling in a rural space the place they may escape from the rat race every now and then. Stacee Lynn and Oliver Bell did simply that whereas constructing a enterprise creating and promoting plans for “barndominium” properties. This department of the choice housing craze creates housing with much less time and fewer value utilizing metal body buildings and steel siding. Learn the unique story right here. 

From glum to glam

Design team: Missy Stewart Designs

Design crew: Missy Stewart Designs

Gracie Henley

Boring kitchens from the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s had been reinvented all around the space — together with within the Seabrook dwelling of Jessica and Brett Callier — taking darkish cupboards, ho-hum islands and overhead lighting to a brand new stage. What’s sizzling proper now’s dazzling chandeliers and pendants over marble or quartzite-covered islands, white cupboards and a extra minimalist aesthetic. Island seating is essential, because it has change into a key place for households to dine. What was the Calliers’ little used eating room was reinvented as a whiskey bar. too. Learn the unique story right here. 

Historic preservation

Design team: interior designer Anne Breux

Design crew: inside designer Anne Breux

Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

When Linda and John Thomas’ historic home in River Oaks suffered vital injury in a hearth, they may have used it as a chance to demolish and begin over. Designed by architect Hermon Lloyd — one of many designers of the Astrodome — and inbuilt 1936, the construction was solely the second fashionable dwelling in Houston and at 2,600-square-feet is modest by River Oaks requirements. The Thomases wished to revive it, and went the additional mile to maintain it the way in which it was when it was constructed many years in the past. Learn the unique story right here. 

The ‘sufficiently big’ dwelling

Design team: Lauren Ramirez Interiors

Design crew: Lauren Ramirez Interiors

Molly Culver Pictures

Carolyn and Greg Calhoun had been an East Coast couple used to brownstones and Craftsman fashion properties, so what felt snug and acquainted to them after they moved to the Houston Heights was a home with simply sufficient area and outside patios for al fresco eating and wholesome outside play for his or her daughters. Learn the unique story right here.

Updating the dated

Design team: Karen Davis of Marker Girl

Design crew: Karen Davis of Marker Woman

Richard Davis Pictures, Photographer

Erin and Aaron Sorrell moved their household right here from Alaska, buying a house they noticed on-line and navigating renovations with the assistance of a neighborhood contractor and inside designer. They shifted to a mixture of commonplace cupboards with some floating cabinets and lightened up all the pieces with paint. Their island bought just a little little bit of a makeover, too, giving the entire area a contemporary, up to date look. Learn the unique story right here.

Beginning over

Design team: Rainey Richardson Interiors

Design crew: Rainey Richardson Interiors

French Blue Pictures

Paula Hale’s husband knew he was dying of most cancers, so earlier than he handed, he insisted on some new furnishings and reworking that might assist his spouse and three daughters really feel like their dad had a hand in serving to them transfer ahead with out him. His selfless effort included a number of rooms within the dwelling, together with the first bed room suite and this very glam toilet. Learn the unique story right here. 

Dramatic transformation

Design team: Michele Merz of MMI Design

Design crew: Michele Merz of MMI Design

Kerry Kirk

Liz and Mo Alis’ Memorial Park dwelling didn’t go well with their fashion. They wished to reinvent it with a more energizing, youthful tackle inside design — just a little conventional and just a little modern, just a little rustic and just a little refined all on the identical time. When it was completed, it felt like probably the most stunning properties reworked within the metropolis this 12 months. Learn the unique story right here. 

Trendy, nation fashion

Design team: Heritage Construction Services and Lauren Grumbles Interior Design

Design crew: Heritage Development Companies and Lauren Grumbles Inside Design

Laurie Perez

Mishann Childers was grieving the lack of her husband and attempting to carry their older dwelling collectively. Each time she rotated, one thing was damaged. Someday she determined to start out over and constructed a brand new dwelling — a contact of recent out within the nation — with loads of room for her grown kids to go to with their associates. Learn the unique story right here. 

Full-home renovation

Design team: Talena Gulash of Interior Design by Talena

Design crew: Talena Gulash of Inside Design by Talena

Shan Cathey / Catty Visions Pictures

In a previous dwelling, Sharon Fritts Zeller and Rob Zeller tried to rework piecemeal, by no means fairly getting all the means by means of. So after they relocated to Seabrook Island to be close to kids and grandchildren they wished to get all of it carried out directly. They up to date all the pieces in transitional fashion with new cupboards, counters, tile and lighting within the kitchen and 4 loos. Learn the unique story right here. 

Room with a view

Design team: Lynne T. Jones Interior Design

Design crew: Lynne T. Jones Inside Design

SpaceCrafting, Spacecrafting Pictures

Sugar Land residents Jeff and Jeanne Megna had been preparing for retirement in order that they purchased a trip dwelling of their dwelling state of Minnesota. It wanted to be fully redone and expanded they usually did it with lakeside aptitude with gentle neutrals and daring strokes of blue and inexperienced. Learn the unique story right here. 

Work and play at dwelling

Design team: Brooks Construction and Amy Vonderau Interiors

Design crew: Brooks Development and Amy Vonderau Interiors

Nick Cade Productions

Kristy and Ron Crabtree couldn’t discover a new dwelling they favored and much on the market would have taken them too far out of city. So a large reworking challenge made their Katy dwelling unrecognizable in before-and-after photographs. Gone are partitions that gave it a uneven footprint and now their kitchen is tremendous practical with a double island. And there’s a complete new pavilion of their outside with a full kitchen and eating and seating areas that look out to their pool, backyard and basketball courtroom. Learn the unique story right here. 

Including persona, fashion

Design team: Lauren Haskett Fine Design

Design crew: Lauren Haskett Nice Design

Jack Thompson

It was time for dentist Rita Cammarata to carry her mom into the house she shared with longtime accomplice Dottie Maggio. They regarded round their Southgate neighborhood and had been wowed by a brand new spec dwelling. They requested inside designer Lauren Haskett to assist them take it from a giant white field to one thing with extra coloration, persona and magnificence. On this workplace, black partitions make the orange paintings pop. Learn the unique story right here. 

Kitchen perfection

Design team: Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs

Design crew: Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs

Michael Hart

Tina Arias Peterman and Mitja Peterman had been uninterested in their cramped West College kitchen with no place to prep their meals. Inside designer Pamela O’Brien helped them reinvent the kitchen, a small breakfast space and pantry in a means that fully modified the way in which they stay. Learn the unique story right here. 

Excessive

Design team: Staci Henderson did it herself

Design crew: Staci Henderson did it herself

Luis Urdaneta / Subsequent Itemizing

There’s nothing understated about influencer Staci Henderson or her wardrobe and residential. It’s filled with leopard print, daring wallpaper, robust colours and vibrant artwork that match her full-tilt persona. Up to now she’s all the time embellished her dwelling the way in which she thought others anticipated. As she approached her fiftieth birthday, the Houston lady wished to chop unfastened and have enjoyable. Learn the unique story.

Convey on the blue

Design team: Carla Aston of Aston Design Studio and Shaun Bain of CA Design Build

Design crew: Carla Aston of Aston Design Studio and Shaun Bain of CA Design Construct

Colleen Scott Pictures

There’s nothing unhappy concerning the blues within the kitchen of Lorena and Terry Kubera. Blue had a banner 12 months in 2021, showing all through properties, and particularly in kitchens, the place it confirmed up on islands — paired with white cupboards on the perimeter — and generally in backsplash tile. Learn the unique story right here. 

Nearer to dwelling

Design team: Laura Manchee Designs

Design crew: Laura Manchee Designs

French Blue Pictures

The coronavirus pandemic put a brand new twist on getaways, prompting many Houstonians to choose a spot for a trip dwelling an hour or so away — shut sufficient that the youngsters gained’t complain concerning the automotive experience. John and Katherine Palmer purchased a spot within the Palisade Palm high-rise and requested their inside designer, Laura Manchee, to assist in giving it snug, beachy decor. Learn the unique story right here.

A contemporary facelift

Design team: Yesely Love of Canaima Design

Design crew: Yesely Love of Canaima Design

Samantha Sanchez

When Beth and Raymond Walker discovered themselves at dwelling all day throughout the pandemic, they knew they’d ignored dwelling updates for too lengthy. It was time for a kitchen facelift, and inside designer Yesely Love helped them keep on funds. Learn the unique story right here.

After flooding, a contemporary begin (pictured above as fundamental show)

Design team: Claudia Soroka of CBS Designs and On Point Custom Homes

Design crew: Claudia Soroka of CBS Designs and On Level Customized Houses

Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

The Meyerland dwelling of Shelly and Steve Strauss flooded in Hurricane Harvey and the couple determined to start out over — from scratch. They designed a really fashionable dwelling to go together with the trendy interiors they already beloved. Learn the unique story right here. 

Blended fashion

Design team: Julie Shannon Designs

Design crew: Julie Shannon Designs

Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

Dr. Mike and Bethany McCann met as a result of each of their households had been avid sailors, spending summers in Kemah for years. Finally they married and blended their household, and Mike’s waterfront trip dwelling bought a significant makeover and have become theirs. Learn the unique story right here. 

One busy home

Design team: Marie Flanigan Interiors, architect Kelly Cusimano and Stetzer Builders

Design crew: Marie Flanigan Interiors, architect Kelly Cusimano and Stetzer Builders

Julie Soefer

Scott and Renee Rice had been prepared for a much bigger home for his or her busy household of six. Their request was that it ought to be good and comfy, however capable of take the damage and tear of 4 younger kids. They shifted into transitional fashion, an more and more in style alternative. Their front room has a coffered ceiling and huge home windows with a view to the yard. Learn the unique story right here.

Suburban fashion

Design team: April Littmann of Neighbor Interiors and Perry Homes

Design crew: April Littmann of Neighbor Interiors and Perry Houses

Colleen Scott Pictures

Teresa Welch moved from Maryland to the Houston space for a contemporary begin and to launch a brand new enterprise, an Amazon delivery-service accomplice. She got here along with her two kids and in time, her ex-husband got here to be close to his kids, then her mom and sister moved right here, too. She moved right into a new-build dwelling in Fulshear, hiring April Littmann to assist her with decisions and improve her furnishings and lighting. One among her favourite issues is her eating room, with deep purple accents, together with velvet chairs. Learn the unique story right here. 

Rural Texas-style

Design team: Sarah Eilers of Lucas Eilers Design Associates

Design crew: Sarah Eilers of Lucas Eilers Design Associates

Stephen Karlisch

The journey to Tom and Sweet Knudsons’ trip dwelling in Santa Fe, N.M., had change into an excessive amount of. In order that they purchased a home within the closer-to-home Boot Ranch golf neighborhood in Fredericksburg. Sarah Eilers, who’d helped them with their River Oaks dwelling, helped with picks, and labored in present items, too. Learn the unique story right here. 

The storage palace

Design team: Victoria Sheffield Interior & Exterior Design and Farrell’s ReCraft Construction Services

Design crew: Victoria Sheffield Inside & Exterior Design and Farrell’s ReCraft Development Companies

Sonya Sellers

Contractor Brent Farrell lastly began a giant renovation of his own residence in West U and has loads of cool rooms inside, however he completed out what may need been the perfect storage challenge of the 12 months. He turned his two-car storage right into a two-tiered constructing with three stalls throughout for his basic automotive assortment. Learn the unique story right here. 

Penthouse stylish

Design team: Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors

Design crew: Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors

Julie Soefer

After her divorce, Dr. Christi Pramudji, one of many metropolis’s prime urologists and urogynecologists, left behind a home in Memorial and now calls a Put up Oak excessive rise dwelling. She leases the two-story penthouse and requested inside designer Julie Dodson to fill it with snug luxurious. Learn the unique story right here. 

Grown-up entertaining

Design team: Mary Patton Design and Scott Schindler of SRS Contracting

Design crew: Mary Patton Design and Scott Schindler of SRS Contracting

Molly Culver

Blaire and Scott Hocking favored their Spring Valley dwelling, however they wished a spot the place they may entertain associates. On this sitting room, they’ll get pleasure from a glass of wine or cocktail with associates. Leather-based swivels and lacquered blue partitions be a part of draperies in black cactus toile for a method that’s distinctly Texan. Learn the unique story right here.

Location, location, location

Design team: Nancy Charbonneau of Charbonneau Interiors and Bill Hughes Inc.

Design crew: Nancy Charbonneau of Charbonneau Interiors and Invoice Hughes Inc.

French Blue Pictures

Nancy and Al Wagner already lived in Carlton Woods in The Woodlands however they longed to be in a house on the golf course. They bought their want, then hung out updating the Mediterranean-style dwelling to their very own style. Learn the unique story right here.

A visitor home and a backyard

Design team: Natalye Appel and Stephanie Millet of Natalye Appel + Associates Architects and Courtney Blair of Tokerud+Co Interior Design

Design crew: Natalye Appel and Stephanie Millet of Natalye Appel + Associates Architects and Courtney Blair of Tokerud+Co Inside Design

Claudia Casbarian / Julie Soefer Pictures

Katherine Kohlmeyer beloved her home however wished extra outside area, so she purchased the house subsequent door and changed it with a visitor home, then utilizing each backyards for a swimming pool and nice gardens. Kohlmeyer retired in March and in recent times took up gardening. A part of the complicated features a front-of-the-lot greenhouse. Learn the unique story right here.

Barndominium bonanza

Design team: Cindy Aplanalp and Valerie Mikel of Chairma Design and Morningstar Builders

Design crew: Cindy Aplanalp and Valerie Mikel of Chairma Design and Morningstar Builders

Analicia Hermann

Kathy and David Ambrose headed for Hockley and created a barndominium complicated features a fundamental home and two visitor homes with 13 beds between them. In addition they have a pickleball courtroom, fishing pond and shed and a zipline for his or her many grandchildren. On Sundays the host house-church companies and have been identified to mortgage their dwelling for events and weddings. Right here’s a photograph of the playroom for his or her 10 grands, every of whom is featured in a bear-cub rendering — the Ambroses are Baylor grads! — on a again wall.

For the Ambroses’ eating room, the Chairma crew got here up with an ingenious thought: make a chandelier out of a canoe and crab traps. Learn the unique story right here.

Good day, sunshine

Design team: Katie Davis Design, Cate Black of RISE Architecture and Design and Seaside Construction

Design crew: Katie Davis Design, Cate Black of RISE Structure and Design and Seaside Development

Kerry Kirk Pictures

Trisha and Eric English constructed a second dwelling on Galveston Island, nearly as far west because the San Luis Move. This open idea nice room has area for residing, eating and prep work within the kitchen and it’s the room Eric calls “the grownup place” as a result of they like to take associates down for stress-free weekends. Learn the unique story right here.

It’s their flip

Design team: They did it themselves.

Design crew: They did it themselves.

Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

For his or her latest dwelling, Chuck and Cindy Bider didn’t have to consider accommodating their children or children’ associates. This home was meant only for them. They constructed it throughout the pandemic in what may be document time, and located supply-chain work-arounds in having furnishings {custom} made regionally. Learn the unique story right here.

A dream fulfilled

Design team: They did it themselves.

Design crew: They did it themselves.

Michael Wyke / Contributor

Houston actual property dealer Invoice Baldwin dreamed that sometime he’d be again on Sundown Lake in Huntsville, a spot full of childhood reminiscences. He discovered a house on the market and acquired it final 12 months, then set out on a large reworking challenge. He and accomplice Fady Armanious just lately completed it. Learn the unique story right here.

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