Retired Houston Couple Replaces Starter Home With Forever Home

Retired Houston Couple Replaces Starter Home With Forever Home

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Retired Houston Couple Replaces Starter Home With Forever Home

Susan and Charles Elder’s roots run deep in their neighborhood outside of downtown Houston. They moved into a starter house there in 1981, just six houses around the corner from the house Susan grew up in and one street over from where her paternal grandparents lived. The Elders have lived at the same address ever since.

But while the address numbers never changed, the house sure did. Over the years the Elders renovated four times, always in an effort to open up the 1955 ranch house and bring in more light. It never felt like enough.

After raising their two daughters and then retiring a few years ago, the Elders embarked on one last renovation, this time taking everything down to the dirt lot and building a house with everything they had ever wanted, all while preserving the memory of the address at which they’ve spent their lives together.

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Kaustubh Chaudhary

How much did the renovation cost?

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mhgobeil
So modern and vibrant. Love this house ! Looks more like a Honeymooners’ house than a retiring couple’s. Good for them ! This should help living better and longer
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Mirna Hassan
wow!!! One of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen ♡♡♡♡ I hope they' ll enjoy life in their splendid home for many years ...
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Rafael F. Bermejo

Terrific project! Congratulations everyone!

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paularhodes

Fantastic remodel!

Beautiful spaces, wonderful choice of that Granite slab! Wow... WOW

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mizlizr
Stunning renovation!
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Erika Burchfield

Fantastic job! And a little bit of magic, of course :) Especially I like bedroom, kitchen and outdoor decorations. You managed to give this house a fresh look but it's still cozy and warm.

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skmom
Neat home! It looks easy to keep clean and organized with a lot of thoughtful details towards that. That backsplash is amazing!
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everybody's mom
What’s the story on that grey sofa in the living room? It appears to convert to face the opposite way.

I adore the retractable blinds.
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Sandra

Wonderful ideas - easily adaptable - highly useful yet tranquil spaces - everything the owners wanted in a perfect footprint. The color palette is proportioned to the spaces. Lucky owners... wonderful architect.

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professorin

Beautiful! We used the Neolith material for our huge kitchen island too, with a similar steel plate underneath the overhangs. Can't say enough good about it as a durable surface.

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Tryon Homes, LLC

From the beginning I knew there was an amazing story to be told full of rich history and wonderful memories. It's nice to be able to share this exceptional story through Houzz TV. This was by far the most challenging and rewarding home that I have built.

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Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design

“The house grew up”... what a great expression...
Charles. It was an such an honor to work with you both
on this project. Best, Jeff

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Jim Farris Cabinets

I love the story that the video and the article tells about your lives and your experience in putting together your “Happily ever after home”. I especially enjoyed seeing your family photos starting from when you were young. I also loved participating in your project. I feel like we have become a part of your everyday life and actually part of the Elder extended family. Jim

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joneill1155

Beautiful project with excellent thoughtful design and execution! Kudos to all!

Could you please discuss the 2 distinct celing treatments used in the project. Bead board tongue groove painted wood or vinyl (guessing ??) and smooth level 5 dry wall? Looks like the structural beam is the dividing point for the break in materials in great room? What was the thinking and or compromises in using the two different materials in the project? Thanks in advance for your answer!

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Olivia Aranha
Where can we order the retractable blinds?
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Lion Windows and Doors

Gorgeous home! I love all the natural light.

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Ildiko Horvath
Absolutely amazing! I loved every part of that magnificent home. Congratulations to all involved.
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lmckuin
That backsplash! Wow - so stunning.
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Patrik Samju

Simple and humble design but it is very elegant - love the house. It's bright and spacious. I want this house to be my inspiration in making may forever home.

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HU-587273708

The dramatic Italian granite on the wall with the orange stove-I'm very envious. Just wonderful.

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lobatulus
Beautiful home
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Thomas Aqwa

A Beautiful Building!

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AK Design
Beautifully done!!
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D G

What an airy and spacious home for such a relatively small footprint. I love the openness of the main living space. I'm sure the overall minimal/modern aesthetic and integrated automation make this an easy home to live in, very similar to what I'd like to build for my own retirement eventually. Well done!

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Art of Home Team
Well done! What a sweet story & beautiful renovation. Thank you for sharing this story.
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Carrie

I would love to see more of the

master bath: shower only? Tub and shower?

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zshutterbug

Beauiful, good for you, enjoy your space and retirement!

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Tim DeBellis
Beautiful design.
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Lance Petrack_Zunich

you have done well, living your intention!

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joeygirljoey

I was so relieved to see the retractable blinds! At first I thought it looked like they were living on their front lawn! I love that they just "went for it" and got the modern look they truly wanted. standing, with a long, slow clap

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Ray Cruz
So inspiring!
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Nancy

I love this home! Thank you for sharing.

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Georgia Anderson

I'm in awe of this home! Love.. love... love!

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maruchy54

I love this home! good job by everyone, especially the architect and builder who were able to accomplish what the couple's vision was. Great job! and yes, the backsplash was my favorite!

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clearwater construction

truely amazing

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judyprice60

I am not usually a fan of contemporary design, but this is a lovely home for a lovely couple. So much light. Beautiful job!

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wvbickham
Thank you for sharing your project and your ideas for senior living. The house is perfect in its design and smart technology. I really liked the stove and the backsplash. It does look like a piece of art. And the orange stove is perfect. I also really liked how you integrated light into the house and also set up a functional common area. Good luck and I wish you and your family many, many happy days enjoying your home and neighborhood.
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orouji67

a beautiful house, a creative designer and excellent remodel...


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Lynn Wheeler

Whatta way to go, I envy you guys... Beauty at its best.... Please enjoy.....

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Kristen Salome

This was wonderful, the people, the design, the work, everything. I am finding myself in the same transition period as this couple with a little caveat though, our home is too big for just the two of us. I am thinking ahead whilst also wanting to stay. While we have a lovely renovated master bed and bath, it is upstairs. I am 60 and very fit so there is no problem yet. Our home has a main floor bath, bed and formal living that is connected on one side of the house. I have thought of gutting that whole section and creating a second main floor master. But I have also thought of doing what this couple did, but not tearing down just building a new modern ranch like theirs. I have always used Houze for inspiration books and products, now I will consider them a reference for labor too.

I have one very important question. What was the budget for this project?

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Gina Davison

I do not typically like modern houses, but this one is so thoughtfully designed & personal I have to say it might be one of my favorites!

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Mike
Beautiful design, beautiful build.
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sherrylsunshine
This house is a home. Totally made with love. You would think that a contemporary home would be cold, but this home is full of warmth and love. Great job from the beginning to the end. Everyone did an exceptional job!!! Thank you for sharing.
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BK Classic Collections Home Stagers
Such a great tribute to Houzz, their professionals and Houzz users. I love hearing all the Houzz stories and it helps to inspire me in my work everyday. Thank you to this couple for sharing their new home. Beautiful on every level!
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lmtcct

Beautiful home!


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BCL

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for the video.

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margaret8000

Great story and beautiful home. What was the entire project cost? There are so many ranch houses like the starter, and so many people who would like to completely remodel them. What does it take, money-wise?

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Elizabeth
I too had a question about the cost. By the description, everything in this house is top of the line. Would the owner be willing to disclose that? Or maybe the cost per foot to build? Then those of us on a more limited budget could choose interior finishes that match what we have. I have a 1956 rambler in the Twin Cities on an acre and have updated 3 times. The only way to get what I want is to tear it down. I’d sure appreciate an answer to this post.
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d ve

So pretty! A thoughtful rebuild that sounds like it fits the feel of the neighborhood.

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Gail Lendvoyi

I love this home and the story that goes with it!

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Ludovico Magbanua
very nice
   
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mariatstadt

just great!

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RedRyder
Seeing the evolution of this home was truly inspiring. These folks love their neighborhood and wanting to stay put was the primary goal. Their new home is just wonderful. I love, love the orange stove with the dramatic backsplash. It hard not to be happy for these people!
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isamuel71
Absolutely stunning project. All the attention to details is awesome. No home builder can give you all these features. So glad they went the renovation route.
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ceejay breeze

Looks like a European boutique hotel

   
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kntklb
This is one of THE most beautiful designs and furnished homes I’ve seen. If I had the $, I’d have them build me one just like it!!! Fabulous!!!
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d1reese

This was refreshing with intuitive planning toward downsizing and at the same have your home contoured to present and future living needs and desires as age and physical bodies contiunue to transform to another stage in life.

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the antique company

what was the budget for the project?

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lmkirkpat

I watched this video and really connected with the couple’s vision. Just wanted to say the granite wall slab used on the kitchen wall is absolutely STUNNING!!! Awesome job!!

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mswy

Houzz has a very special knack for identifying people who can really tell a story about their spaces. This home, design, and atmosphere are exciting while simultaneously comforting. LOVE IT!

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geb6

Just beautiful! I would like to know more about the "forever" master bathroom. I want to remodel my main floor bathroom and I am always looking for aging friendly ideas.

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Tarun Palep
Fantastic story and project...
   
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Recca Larson

Happily every after home, indeed! Love everything about this home. It's bringing to life all the features I've dreamed of in my retirement home. Eager to hear ballpark budget bc as a recent retiree, am ready to start planning my happily ever after house.

   
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marc183

This is the first modern house that I've seen that I like. It's very inviting.

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jennymarcus

This is one of my favorite videos you have featured<3 I love the story and I love the home they have created. Visual through Houzz is the only way for many of us who are not able to verbalize our thoughts. Great creation!

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aca1998

This is just stunning, love all of it!

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rigonou
A perfect house in every respect
   
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Jim Biancardi

Absolutely stunning house, I have two questions, what is the square footage of this home, and more importantly where are the air handlers for the AC units.

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marialbrasil

It is perfect! Brilliant design and fabulous execution. I love it. Congrats!

   
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cdondero

Love this house and the design with all the light - congratulations on a superb job done by everyone

   
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Susan Reyes
Fantastic! Love the light in the whole house and open spaces!
   
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Lisa M. Rogers

What's not to love!!! So admire them and their story!

   
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cathieanderson

I, too, am curious about the budget on this beautiful home. Loved so many aspects of this design and decor.

   
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kcecc

Wow - I don't even have words. This project and story is extraordinary.

You two are inspiring. The architects and builders and everyone involved get a standing ovation. Just a beautifully orchestrated project with an incredible end result. Wish we lived in Houston.

My husband and I will be retiring in the next few years and are looking to do the same thing (only we will be purchasing an older home somewhere to renovate). We have no children and our jobs have dictated a somewhat nomadic life. It is so encouraging to see this transformation and it gives us hope to find and create our forever home.

So inspiring. Enjoy your home and thank you for sharing.

We too would love to have an idea budget so we plan accordingly.

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rwmurphy95
I’m not usually a fan of contemporary design—but WOW! This is AMAZING!! Hope you enjoy your happily ever after home for many great and healthy years to come.
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Chris Valvo
what an amazing successful home story. so happy for the owners.
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kori0000

Great story! May I ask: What brand was used for the automated window shade system??

   
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Rosie

What was the budget for this project? Beautiful home! Love the natural light!

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Vera Allen

I am inspired. Love the design and the finishes. GREAT JOB!


   
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bogle821

What an absolutely gorgeous home! I think it takes a lot of living and a little age and wisdom to really understand your own needs in a home. I wish I had understood my own taste better when we built our home in 2003, because it's changed substantially since then. They have created, in my opinion, a perfect home!

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jeanigood

Was the garage eliminated?


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Missy Stewart Designs

Beautiful. I am so happy for this lovely couple to live in this amazing space. Great job by the builder and architect!!! Bravo!!

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Vikas Kumar
Quintessential work
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pliusmar

what is the name of that concrete looking tile?

   
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kathrynjrice

Can you give information about the two fireplaces?

   
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maryfturk

There are no words. Most beautiful home I have ever seen! Many Kudos to the architect and owners. Perfection personified.

   
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katbaskin

Beautiful home. I'm sure you have inspired the neighborhood too. Thank you for sharing your story.

   
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ama f
fabulous! I want my house exactly like this.
   
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stonecoulee

I am so impressed with the attention to detail in this home, right down to the slide out towel rack in the bathroom cabinets. What a great adventure. After a lifetime of raising a family, you have the beautiful home to celebrate being a couple again. Congratulations for a job well done!

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rachelathome

The thought that went into this project, not just from an energy standpoint, but livability, ease of cleaning and daily enjoyment was just amazing. To each his own...to me, from the glimpse we can see of the next door home, this wonderful proportional to the area home would be welcome in our 50 plus years neighborhood of mostly older ranch style homes, as much a pleasure to drive by as to live in.

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lanmower

This home is beyond beautiful. May you continue to build more wonderful memories in your oldnew space! I especially love all the modern details and technology that was obviously meticulously designed and executed. Houston is also my home town.

   
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firedog65

Oh my !!!!! We did the exact same thing !

After hiring a company to repair foundation and slab issues, and they left us with a disaster, we were left with no choice to tear our house down and start over. We also pulled out all the footings and dirt - filled it back with 36 tons of fill and started over. We had added on a master wing 2 years earlier and we kept the new part. We had lived there ever since our marriage in 1976 and raised our 2 daughters there. It was scary at first and everyone said we had lost our minds but in the end it was perfect and we are so happy with the outcome.

Our home now is open and airy and we love coming home every day. Lots of ideas incorporated in the design were found on this website and filled my ideabooks. Thank you houzz !!!! I finally have my dream home and we are so very fortunate we were able to see our vision come to fruition.

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cody8

Absoulty beautiful! Very thought out and I can only imagine what the neighbors think! Great Job!

   
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Redford Signature Homes

A beautiful story of growth in both family and home. Congratulations on this wonderful "Happily Ever After"

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kolderup

Beautiful home, light and airy. I'm not sure about all the big windows facing the street. I know they have shades for the evening, but it would be like living in a fish bowl. I think I would do something for a little more privacy. The kitchen granite is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Enjoy your new home!!

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hetalp

beautiful transformation, pretty much a new build. What is the square footage of the new home?

   
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rpwoodard

I LOVE the contemporary "barn" door, especially because it's almost flush with the wall, with a minimal gap. That means less noise.

I want to find that barn door hardware!

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Barbara Emmett

Very nice job. However, I can't think of any reason why they made the hall to the guest area so narrow unless they were copying hallway that existed in the old house. Also, occupational therapists will tell you how dangerous falls are for older folks. Hence, step up to office area is probably not a good idea.


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katslair2001

Love the vision to fruition!

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Pierre Yu
Marvelous design!
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sumisugi

Lovely bright home but where is the storage for boots, hats, coats, handbags, umbrellas, etc. for anyone who comes through the front door? What are the garage-to-house entry and the entry from the back door like - are they more practical?

   
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lisa__zajdel
Can we get the still photos of this home too?
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Dr. Kimara Vaughn
Absolutely Superb. Love all the natural light. So true that the house grew up. Kudos to the couple, architect and builder.
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rtalarzyk
I have searched Houzz for ideas for update of ranch in my daughters neighborhood, knowing I will need to leave my large 100 year old Tudor home if nearly 50 years. This is exactly the inspiration I need to make the investment and the move. Thank you to the whole team for sharing this story!!!
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chingha63

Is there a floor plan available? Very nicely done!


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OCTOBER 5 Fine Home Builders

Beautiful Job! By all parties involved.

   
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Nicola Fazio
I love this story, while many boomers choose condo living after their kids leave this couple stayed put. What an amazing transformation, they will have a wonderful retirement in their community. It really pays to find quality professionals to execute your project.
Wishing them many happy healthy years ahead.
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Rivka Fuchs

Is it possible to provide the name of the grey lounge chair and ottomans in the living room? Whole things is stunning; floor plan, finishes, furniture, kitchen, bathrooms. So special.


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speckma

We are in a similar time of our lives and thinking of building a house rather than renovating. As others have asked: (1) Cost per sq ft? and (2) any hope of a house plan? Thanks

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Denise Head

gorgeous home, love all the thought that went into the design by owners and architect . Not sure I agree it fits the neighborhood, but still love the design. Great job getting all they had wanted in design and usable space. Love the simplicity of the interior art and furniture, adore the granite and stove!

   
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robinhulse

Omgosh! Love this home. It's beautiful! Best Wishes!!

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Stephanie Rountree

What a beautiful story and your home is fabulous!!!

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Debbie
Absolutely LOVE this house. Just sent this article to my husband. After living in beautiful, but more traditional homes, I'm so ready for a more contemporary look in a home. Congrats to this innovative couple. Extremely well- done!
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darris

Beautifully thought out design. Love the minimalistic spaces. Having designed and built a large home from the ground up I understand what it takes. I see so few homes that have a well thought out design. Very nicely done! Side note: I would love to see smaller homes, 1,500 square feet or less, featured. After living in a 900 square foot home for 9 years, then to a 29' travel trailer for 4 years while building a 2,800 square foot home I lived in for 20 years, now to a 1,700 square foot home, I realize we use about 2/3 of the current space we live in as do most people. I want less to maintain and less overall footprint on the earth ie, raw materials used, power, land use, etc.

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logg
Nicely done and what a wonderful thing that they are able to
get what they wanted in the same place they have raised their
children.
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Dottie Turiano

Really well done! As a realtor, I often see newly built homes in neighborhoods where they don't fit in...the architecture is completely different and I just don't understand! It also takes them longer to sell! Love that the homeowners were focused on that, in redesigning their home.

   
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Regina

This is a AWESOME IDEA! This home is gorgeous! I don't know the cost but the thought of getting to stay in the same place and redo the home is great! Every thought out nook is perfect! I love it!

   
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ahernkath
Absolutely magnificent! Bravo to all involved!
   
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ali_g

Gosh I loved this story! So inspiring to see this couple's dream home come to life and to really understand that the connection with Architect and Builder are SO important. Cheers.

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tootsie007

Everyone loved this house. I thought it was okay. I actually preferred the 1996 version. This one is too cold. awkward windows in bedroom do not invite privacy. And open plans, I predict, will become less popular as people realize how hard it is to keep everything neat. The spaces ooze into one another with no definition but furniture, and the proportions seem wrong, too big. Bu maybe people no longer cook or dine at home. I also wonder how it fits with the other homes on the street -- the size might be right, but if it is a neighborhood of mostly '60s houses, this might not be complimentary. I'm not against modern design in general -- I've liked a couple in Houzz quite a bit. But it is so hard to make modernism warm and enveloping and that's what I need my house to be.


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zagster

What a touching idea to have all workers sign a beam. I think I would like the Elders very much. Thoughtful design, build, and owners.

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Tryon Homes, LLC

Thank you. An absolutely agree!

   
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dingodot

This house is amazing. Love all the windows and technology you have put into the house.


   
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ilovetraversecity

Assuming you have the land, what does it cost to build a home like this?

   
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Catherine Scaffidi
Love the standing seam roof
   
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susan

One of the best projects I have seen! Congrats to the architects and builder.

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anthony6684

Always curious, can you give us a rough-range of the psf cost of renovating the original structure..I'm in the N East, guessing it would approach $250+/ft here...TY


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Kris M

Looks great! Such a tasteful and completely fresh remodel. It would be so helpful to include budgets in these articles. What did this remodel cost? What was the general breakdown of costs?

   
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MCB Interiors
Stunning! I had try to encourage customers this way but they are afraid of the contemporary design!!
I love this clean, clear and open design ! Congratulations
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writemontana90

Beautiful home. How many square feet? Where did the garage go?


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Steve Greenfield

We love the home, but I echo what many have said.....how much? "How much" puts everything into perspective. In California, a high tech home would run $300-$400 a foot to build, plus your wonderful furnishings.

   
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nsc6

In Canada it would cost approx. $800 K to build brand new.

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Jennifer Lee

I love this home, just would have made it a bit warmer. I for one, loved the flow and the design inside and out. Most people in 2019 do not live as people did in 1965 and this modern design is absolutely gorgeous. How much was it to tear the old home down and then rebuild? Houston is a lovely city with many different neighborhoods. I hope they are enjoying their new home.

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Lynda Burch

Is the inside ceiling wood or something else? Beautiful home!

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Ana Morand
I'm building one in Brazil and I was inspired by Houzz to make the home of my dreams like this couple. Congrats on the job!
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thinkdesignlive

RD Architecture I think you could retire off the sale of the set of plans for this house! This is my idea of the perfect home - retirement or not. Congratulations all around. This goes to show what a great client/pro team can do. Just like the Millers and Saarinen/Girard.

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BC

I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't particularly like the house. Some of it is attractive, no doubt; but I certainly wouldn't want to live there. It has a kind of modern sterility that I don't find attractive.

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Sonia Fortin
Congrats this is a beautiful home you have created. I love every part of it.
   
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trishaknight
Evolving with the times and the current time in our life. I have great appreciation for this couple.
   
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Nur Naim
Such an inspiration! Wonderful team work! You can tell that each step has been carefully planned and weaved with the inclusion of the couple! Truly amazing outcome!
   
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Bonnie Crews

I am floored! Absolutely incredible : ) Well done!

   
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LUX Florida Home Collection
Understated. Well done
   
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Rosalind Shorenstein

It would be helpful for those of us without unlimited budgets to give an estimate of the cost of this project like Wall St Journal Mansion does once a week with all the remodels they feature.

   
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designattic
Wow, it is Gorgeous
   
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All That Gardening by Murrie
Wow fantastic home. Love it love it, good for you!!
I love my ranch home, is where my kids grew up. We had a fire in 2004, and would have loved to do something very simular. Unfortunately hurricanes and budget didn’t allow that. Now that I been here for a while I’m ready to make a change.
What was the cost and,
time frame to get this project done?
   
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Marilyn Mooney
This beautiful house caught my eye this morning, but what was even more wonderful was that I recognized Susan’s 1981 picture. She was a dorm friend RA at UofH. I left after 18 months, and moved back to NY. A wonderful person! Congratulations on your dream home.
Marilyn Mooney
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Naplex Construction LLC

Absolutely Stunning! Congratulations on your next chapter.. From the spaces to the lighting a wonderful sensibility!! Best Wishes fr BusaHomes & Naplex Construction LLC

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Lucy Mathers
Love the home. Love the story behind it. Love seeing its transformation over the years. Love the sweet couple that calls it home.
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Beth
WOW....perfect!!! And to be able to stay in a neighborhood you love!! Priceless!!
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Deb Sarlin
sweet story. great video and design work.
   
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543poi
Love it. Just love it.
   
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Nida Yusuf

love it my house is in the bay area california more than 100 year old we have a good size backyard 6000 sqft everybody like it and give us a advise to build a big house my house is very small 1050 square feet but i love the style you guys have it but i can't afford more loan so we wanna do just change a exterior color if somebody give advice what color we do for house i really appriciate it


   
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Amber Webb
What a sweet story!
   
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Gretchen and David McClymont

Where would I find the black dining chairs?

   
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Chris & Maria Jeantet
That’s pretty amazing. What a lovely story.
   
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Ron F
Beautiful home! Congratulations! Enjoy it in great health! Cheers
   
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Rosemary Oswald
Beautifully done
   
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Kimberly Carmen

Stunning. It has everything..I so love, love the openness and clean minimalist look. it's inviting and stylish!

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Sana electric est.
Have a very nice time at a very nice house.
   
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gageesc
What a surprise to see how a nondescript ranch can be transformed into a fantastic piece of art. Kudos to the owners for their vision( and for wanting to stay in that place with their memories) and to the architects who listened carefully and to the builders who accomplished a monumental task.
Bunny Zilling, REALTOR
Murrells Inlet SC
   
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Fran Wilson
Beautiful!
   
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Lili Chirillo

This is beautiful. I could live there! I don't think this was an affordable remodel. However, it is terrific. I like this couple's attitude. Don't just retire and wait to die. Live it up! Love it.

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Debe Robinson CMKBD
Great execution of a great design!
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Lisa Dobson
Oh my gosh if only! I have the same ranch. I’d love to do this!
   
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1tracif
I'm inspired!
What a beautiful transformation!
   
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J S

Interesting project, but the automation will be obsolete long before the house is. As for the comment that some people are "afraid" of contemporary design, I would like to point out that just because someone doesn't like contemporary design and architecture, does not mean they are "afraid" of it. One should never judge people's tastes, they are very personal.

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Custom Home Resources

Inspiring! What a refreshing declaration of the benefits of custom building. Retirees are increasingly gaining confidence in asserting that their needs for their home are different. Custom building is the only way to avoid settling for a less-than-ideal solution. Congratulations on realizing your dream with the help of Houzz.

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Raymond Kirshak

A touching and inspirational story. Good luck and much joy in your perfect home!

   
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Jim Farris Cabinets

What a privilege to have been involved in the design, engineering and fabrication of the custom cabinets and furniture in this beautiful home. In my 40+ years in business I have never worked on a project that was more of a collaborative effort. The home owners, the builder, the architects and us at Jim Farris Cabinets all worked together harmoniously from the beginning to make every detail on this home just perfect! I'm sure you have heard the saying, "Less is more". That really sums up this project. I have to tell you that the simplest looking details on this project really stretched my design and engineering skills. As you watch the video and scroll through the photos I hope you can appreciate "Less". Thanks again, Charles and Susan, for choosing us to play a such a vital part in your "Happily ever after home"!

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Upali Rathnayake

excellent work. congratulations. beautiful house

   
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nap2ral
This is absolutely stunning!!!
   
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RD Architecture, LLC

Many thanks to all who have posted such lovely comments about this home. It was truly a pleasure working with Susan and Charles, our amazing design team, and all the highly skilled trades whose blood, sweat and tears built this home. A piece of our hearts will forever live in the collection of happy memories for which this home is responsible.

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Deb Harris

Incredible transformation! Love this home!

   
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RD Architecture, LLC

There are many questions about the cost to build
this home. Ultimately,
our clients drive the cost of their project with the decisions they make
regarding the scope of the project, the quality of materials used, the amount
and complexity of architectural detailing and the skill level of the contractor
and subcontractors. We cannot disclose specific clients' budgets, but in
Houston, Texas construction costs on a custom home build of this scale and
quality, on a suburban site, can range between $300-$400 per square foot, not
including design fees, furniture and decor.

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Donna

Awesome house design, definitely challenging to build but the planning and thinking that went before the shovels in the ground shows through. I have a question regarding the integral baseboards. Is this a design feature that hides wiring, piping, etc or provides some other positive effect other than being so beautiful?


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Jan Yatsko

OMG! I love, love, love this house! The first Houzz house that I could see myself living in. When we built our house in Costa Rica, Houzz did not exist so I cut out pages from architecture magazines of things we liked and that is how the house was designed. Our architect listened and delivered. I learned things from her and she learned things from me.

   
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Joanne Messerschmidt

Beautiful story, stunning renovation! Great job all!

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healthywealthywise

It's rare to see new houses that reflect the way the owners really live, as this house does. From the abstract art on the walls to the granite slab "backsplash" in the kitchen and to the overall design of the space, the owners tastes are made manifest through the deft hands of the architects and the builder. It's also rare to see quality materials used everywhere, in each detail, as sensitively as in this new space. And it's rare to find a 'not so big house" footprint in a lofty high-ceilinged open design. People often feel insignificant in a space where the ceilings are higher than 9'. In this space, however, the area rug, the fireplace, the light wood floors--all of the human-level materials--anchor the space. I would have preferred a lower ceiling at the peak of the roof-ceiling to foster a more "settled in" feeling and a more relaxed "lie-on-the-sofa-for-a-nap" aura. But the owners appear to be thriving in their fresh, new, modern and minimalist space.

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Felicidad Castañeda Anaya
Simple and nice
   
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willemien2

This is how two people retire successfully. It has so much quality , breathing space and at the same time beautiful "togetherness" of two special people. The house has been created with love and mindfulness. Compliments to the architect for a stunning execution of her clients wishes. Wishing them many many years of beautiful living. Wilna Schnetler from Roodepoort, Gauteng in South Africa.

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M L Radcliffe
Fantastic home. That kitchen slab is to die for! Bright, open house with great light coming in but also automated shades to control the heat. I used to live in Houston, its hot as fire there.
   
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Abbi S
Absolutely beautiful! I would love to know how much it cost to build this home.
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Crossbridge Solutions
This is an outstandingly lovely, well planned, & unique home! Wow! Well done!!
   
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lifesaverqutee

Wondering what the overall cost for this project was

   
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gramm1

Well done! Love all the light. I believe this is the street I lived on growing up : )

   
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RD Architecture, LLC

We're ecstatic with the attention this home has received. Please reach out to us through our Houzz profile with any questions you have about this project.

Just click on our PRO icon to the left!


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Christine Miller
Love this transformation - wish we could see more age-in-place design and communities developed, especially in MA.
   
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Anna Balso
Wow
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Marilyn Armstrong

Loved seeing Kathleen on Houzz! Beautiful home! Congratulations!

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Sue Salo

Oh, my, my—perfection!

   
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amd75

I love it :) It inspires me to do the same to our home. Thank you so much.

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r44764

love your art, care to share where you found such great art?

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Judith Lacourciere

WOW. So lovely--and I especially love that they didn't have to move to get what they wanted. Just great. :)

   
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dsnine

The storage, automation, clean lines... this is pretty much design perfection. What a fantastic job the whole team did. This may be one of the best homes on Houzz and it isn’t even my design aesthetic, but the planning and execution was phenomenal.

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martinje71

Absolutely amazing house. Love it

   
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Rex
What can I say that hasnt already been said? Simply stunning and homey for lack of a better word. It feels like home. The subtle pops of color really hooked me. All involved with the project, down to the landscapers did great. I love the rock details along the walkways. So clean. It couldnt have been a better job! Congrats to all involved and especially the new fortunate homeowners. WOW! WOW! (One wow wasnt enough)
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vkm248

i'd love to have info on the couches (vkm248@yahoo.com)


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Tryon Homes, LLC

I understand that there are many questions people have. Please send those questions to our Houzz account so the TEAM might help. Tryon Homes ... https://www.houzz.com/pro/tryonhomes/__public and RD Architects ... https://www.houzz.com/pro/rdarchitecturellc/rd-architecture-llc


All the Best - Phillip

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Amber Marsh

Oh Susan and Charles, I am so happy to see this and get a real tour of your space. It was an absolute joy working with you on this project, and though our part in your grand vision was small, I had a blast meeting you, discussing your dream and hearing about your plans. One day I will get down there to sign that beam!

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Keylla Smith
Love your home!
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Kimothy Case
Totally Awesome!!! "The house grew up!" well said! I'm a strong traditionalist but this house makes me think about how modern looks when done right. Thanks for sharing this... I'm inspired!!
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S. Nicole
Amazingly beautiful. Love the lighting, natural ad artificial.
   
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shooshan

Bravo to everyone involved with creating such a stunning and inspirational home. Beautiful and functional.

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Lauren Hristov

Just moved to this neighborhood and I've been admiring this house when bike riding with my family. What a treat to get to see inside & what a great story. Love that the house wasn't taken down to build another mega-mansion. And really love all the windows. The neighborhood is great for people watching. Would love to do something like this to our ranch one day...but as the cook of the family, the cooktop must also face the action.

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Charmaine Romain

WOW! BEAUTIFUL! LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS HOME! I'M SO INSPIRED.

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Marilyn Hill Interiors

THIS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this house...it inspires me as a designer, and it makes me want to get started on designing the home I've had in my head (and heart) for years.


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Tryon Homes, LLC

Hope to see it one day!


Phillip

   
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davidhunternyc

What a great and lovely story. I'm still learning how to use houzz but I'm amazed that people can search for an architect here and almost effortlessly have a finished home as beautiful as the Elder's Houston home. The home is almost as beautiful as the couple. Congrats.

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pdjh
Love this house! A great floor plan, spacious but still cozy. Thoughtful use of space for when guests come to stay. Beautiful windows and lots of light. Thoughtful, tasteful details. And such a nice couple, architect, and builder. So great they can stay on the same lot as the original house.
   
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Cee Dubb
Hi! Amazing home and story. Can you tell me where I can purchase the two sided couch that was in your living room? Or what is the correct name for it? Thx!
   
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Tryon Homes, LLC

Hi See ... They are Intermede 2-position from Roche Bobois.


  • All the Best - Phillip
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The Nielsen Collection

Stunning


   
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skunst2017
Gorgeous !!!!! Serene !!!!!! Happy house !
   
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brownwilliam art + design
I just love this...would like to know how much this cost.
   
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Jennifer Lee

How would an elderly person reach those lights in the cathedral ceiling to change them? Anything too high would be dangerous. I suppose one could hire a professional to do that...curious if maintenance was thought out. It is dangerous for elderly people to get on ladders.

   
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phyllis42850
This is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.......what a great job...well thought out!
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vtlady52

Holy Cow!! This is so amazing. It is like the universe came together: 2 inspired homeowners with a clear vision, an amazing architech, a builder who is great and doesn't mind getting stretched, all the other talented trades.

I am in awe.

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Tara Kauffman

Sleek, clean and inviting! We love the deep thought you have put into your home and now you can sit back and enjoy. Wondered where you got the sail cover and posts in the back yard?

   
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cecesandiego

What a great story and congratulations to the Elder's for making their vision and dream come true. "What was once old is now new again.." Kudos for staying in the original home and helping revitalize the block with the new , bright home. I'm sure it has given many neighbors ideas! Thank you HOUZZ!

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klara lukacs

Beautiful.

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lga12660

We live in Houston Texas, I inherited a 1950's home from my mother. The Houzz channel helps me to find a realistic way to transform this home into a modern space to share with family and friends.

This story is so touching from so many variances: The love between the couple, the commitment of the builders and the architects. Finally knowing that they have taken their starter home together and transformed it into their final dream home.


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Lin Marie Engelman
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><md>So perfect in every way. ♥️
   
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Scott Haig, CKD

Excellent team work on this beautiful project--design through installation, the results speak for themselves.

   
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Christine Sipperly-Bult

What a beautiful story!! I actually teared up a couple of times. You can tell how much you truly love your home.

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clarkcountyrealtor

What a beautiful home! I love how your professionals listened to you,

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My Virals

plz plz provide me its floor plan and also tell if the floor plan is available somewhere .waiting for ur urgent reply

   
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RD Architecture, LLC

Dear My Virals,

Please contact us privately through our houzz profile if you are interested in the plans.

   
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CHERYL PETERSON

Magnificent transformation. I want this home too!

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lyndacouturier

Love Love Love this house.
Beautiful floor plan and the natural light is spectacular. Amazing architect !

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Kathleen Maurer

Beautiful!

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K S

Fabulous home and gorgeous art collection! Thank you for sharing!

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Dawn Caldwell

What was the lot size for this home?

   
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RD Architecture, LLC

The lot was 70' wide.

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rosestnt

Just magical!

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Susan Biesecker

Love this!!!!


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dpwebb

So in love with this home! I have saved the video in hopes of using information and ideas later...wonderful project.

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tuscanmama

Completely not my taste and yet this house is a wow for me! The details in this home are incredible.

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Idymilson Oliveira

Okay Wow!!!

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formeryankee

Absolutely a stunning renovation!

   
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