Lummis House | Houston, Texas
Designed for a modestly sized lot in a 1940's suburban Houston neighborhood, the plan of the Lummis house was constrained by 25-foot front and rear setbacks and a mature live oak in the back yard that both architect and client wanted to preserve. The house’s simple plan allows the tree’s canopy to spread into the notched setback of the rear façade, which also modulates the structure’s volume in deference to neighboring residences. Its exterior is articulated with brick and stone, thin section aluminum windows, and projecting stained fir rafters. Designed for a couple with two young children the plan also incorporates a second floor studio for the wife, who is a sculptor. The house shares a backyard space with its neighbor, the Stern and Bucek-designed Daniel house, owned by the wife’s sister and her family. A tightly contained courtyard garden also extends from the first floor study and screened porch.