Fall Home Tour Preview II - West Kessler
Built in 1950, this home was purchased by the current owners in 2011. The house had fallen into disrepair, so before moving in, the mission was to give it a complete facelift that would give a nod towards both Texas and French Louisiana influences.
The home’s interior was virtually gutted during renovation. All doors, windows, roofing, and mechanical systems were replaced. A new floor plan moved the kitchen and dining to the former garage. This allowed for the creation of an entry foyer leading to a library in the old kitchen space. Downstairs, the original two bedrooms and one bath were rearranged to create two bedrooms and two and a half baths. Added in 1980, the upstairs was originally one large bedroom and a bath with stairway access in the garage. The new plan allowed for a foyer staircase, and includes one bedroom, one bath, and a home office upstairs.
On the exterior, the owners designed an entry courtyard with a fountain and garden connecting with a private courtyard off the kitchen. The original house had no connection or relationship to the back yard that had become overgrown and littered with old cars and equipment. New windows, French doors, and a screened verandah were added to connect the living spaces to a new, lower terrace with outdoor fireplace, arbor, and fountain. The back features a custom-designed carport, which can also serve as an outdoor entertaining space.
One of the owners is a professional gardener. You’ll want to spend time strolling from the terrace down to the lawn and gardens, chicken coop, and vegetable garden.
"We believe that our home should be our shelter from the world—a soft place to land, both literally and figuratively. Our goal was to create a home that is beautiful, but also comfortable. The creation of this home has been a process where the house has evolved just as a person evolves. Collaboration with close friends has helped in the development of our vision. We hope that when family and friends cross the threshold, they can feel at home, and even more than that, feel free to be themselves."