Bayou Residence: Before & After

The Bayou Residence is a renovation to a significant architectural work originally by Frank Welch completed in 1975. The house was purchased from the original owner by a young couple, looking to open up the floor plan and accomodate their social lifestyle. The renovation left in place the original 8000 square foot foundation, most of the exterior frame and little else. Much of the interior was re-arranged to accommodate an open floor plan and propose new layers of order. Limestone walls were introduced to give clarity to the programmatic organization. The central transverse hall was extended through the interior, providing a cohesive circulation spine to the sprawling, single-story layout.  Ceiling heights were modified to increase the feeling of spaciousness and visually connect to the bayou landscape adjacent. 

Additional Images of the completed project can be viewed on the Bayou Residence project page and on Houzz


CONTENT Awarded Best of Houzz 2014 for Design

The annual "Best Of" awards are given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz

We're honored to have been selected for our design profile. Click the badge to view our full Houzz portfolio. 


Buffalo Studios

CONTENT has been busy designing a new film studio that is preparing for a variance approval with the City of Houston. The aptly named Buffalo Studios will be across the street from the Buffalo Soldier National Museum on Caroline and is replacing a well worn metal building that previously held the production for a local bakery. The aged yellow metal building is currently built to the lot line and we're requesting to set the building back only 5ft from the lot line instead of the new standard of 10ft.

The hearing for the Buffalo Studios approval will be held on October 17th at 2:30pm in the City Hall Annex, Public Level on 900 Bagby Street in Houston. Please feel free to join us in support of this great addition to the neighborhood.


Houston Fine Art Fair

This weekend, the George R. Brown Convention Center will be home to the 3rd annual Houston Fine Art Fair. CONTENT was asked to design the VIP lounge installation by Ligne Roset who supplied the furnishings.

As in most convention center layouts, the space we were given was comprised of simple 4'x12' walls with dark exposed ceilings overhead. We chose to give dimension to the otherwise homogenous space by defining volumes through the manipulation of a constructed ceiling plane. Over the past few days we hand dyed 3600 feet of cotton rope, then fed the rope across the lighting grid and down along the walls through eyelet screws. The eyelets provided an anchor point in which we could change direction and density to create unique areas of inhabitation within the room. We thank Ligne Roset and HFAF for the opportunity, additional furnishings were supplied by McCoy.

Show Hours are:

Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013
6 – 7:30pm | Sneak Preview (Black Card holders only)
7:30 – 9pm | Opening Preview Party (VIP passes only)

Regular Fair Hours:
Friday, Sep. 20 | 11am – 7pm

Saturday, Sep. 21 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, Sep. 22 | 11am – 6pm

About the show from their website:

HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media-from past to present. The fair will feature modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the globe. HFAF also features memorable on-site installations and special projects, plus an invigorating three day program (September 20-22) of panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors.

Hope to see you at the Fair this weekend!


Southampton Residence featured in Houston Chronicle

Sarah Rufca has highlighted the Southampton Residence this week in the Chronicle Style Home feature . Michael Paulsen captured these great photos - and there are many more on the Chron's website. 

Check out the article online here, or in Sunday's printed paper.


Geothermal Well Drilling

This week, workers began drilling 350 ft deep geothermal heating and cooling wells at our Meadowlake project. CONTENT was on site to document the process. It takes upto 7 hours to drill, loop & grout each well. The Meadowlake project will have a total of 12 wells. Look for a follow up blog post soon with futher explanations and photos! 

Above Left- One drilling rig with looped well in foreground; Above Right- Manually feeding the final ten feet of loop line into a well                          


2013 ArCH Film Festival

The Architecture Center Houston's annual film festival is just around the corner! "Boom & Bust" will kick-off in Market Square Park with a free screening of "Dark City" on Friday, August 9th and continue August 15-17 at ArCH Downtown. Tickets may be purchased in advance online. 

Click here to puchase individual tickets or passes.



Chronicle introduces one of our favorite clients...

Terry Demchak opens her loft for the Houston Chronicle. Read the full article here.

Photo By Michael Paulsen




Welcome Little One!


Texas Society of Architects talks to Jesse Hager

The TSA recently caught up with CONTENT's Jesse Hager for their blog series "Architects Talking to Architects."

Jesse talks about his roots, inspiration, and love of music. Read the interview in its entirety on the TSA blog


Happy New Year!

As we look forward to 2013, a warm thanks to all who helped make this year so exciting, enjoyable, and productive for us here at CONTENT! 

Cheers to Peace and Prosperity in the New Year! 


1 of 1,391 Entries But We're Still Honored


CONTENT recently picked up the new 3rd edition of the AIA Houston Architectural Guide and was pleasantly surprised to see the inclusion of the Southampton Residence. The tome is the work of noted historian Stephen Fox and we squeaked in the late additions section alongside recent homes by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen and Guthrie+Strasser, as well as the recent installation by James Turrell at Rice University in collaboration with Thomas Phifer. We're honored to be included in such company, even if it was mostly due to the alignment of completion dates!

Pick up your own copy from AIA Houston and turn to page 698 to read a gripping paragraph describing the house. Clearly we owe Stephen a cocktail and he should employ more rigorous editors for the next edition.


"Stellar Views Spark a Loft's New Layout"

Houzz contributor Lawrence Karol gives a tour of the Houston Loft this week. Read the full write-up on Houzz here.



ArCH Film Festival

Architecture Center Houston will host  the 2nd Annual ArCH Film festival to investigate the effect of architecture and urban planning on culture and cinema’s perception of urban life. Each evening the featured film will be preceded by a juried collection of short films by students and amateur film-makers. 

THURSDAY, August 16 at 7pm: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 2011 (83 Minutes) •  Official Site

FRIDAY Double Feature, August 17 at 7pm: My Playground 2010 (50 Minutes) • Official Site & Radiant City 2006 (90 Minutes) • Official Site

SATURDAY, August 18 at 7pm: Urbanized  2011 (85 Minutes)  •  Official Site

The Architecture Center Houston is located at  315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, TX. Film Festival Admission is FREE for ArCH Members.  Membership opportunities available at the door. All Others: Thursday, August 16th-$15 / Free for HoustonMOD Members •  Friday, August 17th-$20 • Saturday, August 18th-$15 Online ticket purchases available here.


How to fool your friends into thinking you're rich with IKEA bath components:

CONTENT recently completed a bath renovation to save a young couple's marriage. Enduring over two years with a deteriorating, 60 year old bathroom, the couple hoped for a modern bath on a minimal budget. 

We were able to create a generous, 6' counter surface by using 2 IKEA Godmorgon cabinets. To acheive a more modern look, the cabinets were wall mounted, rather than using the suggested metal legs. A remnant Carrara marble slab was utilized for the counter and full backsplash. 

Additional Products:

Plumbing Fixtures:  Decolav sink, Phylrich wall-mount faucet, & Toto toilet from Westheimer Plumbing

Tile: Cementi Porcelain Tile from LaNova Tile Importers

Lighting: Energie Tool T5 Fluoresent fixture from LESCO

Paint: NoVoc from The Green Painter


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