The remodeling permit issued last fall for 2 Tiel Way (shown above in its previous listing portrait) was augmented by a demolition permit at the end of January, as Diane Cowen reports in this weekend’s Chronicle. The 1960s house (designed by Karl Kamrath, like a few others of the not-yet-demolished original houses on the street) was bought last July after a 10-month stint on the market; Cowen writes that the new owners had planned to restore the home, but structural issues including uncovered termite and water damage boosted cost estimates to around twice the likely cost of a rebuild.
The house was torn down to the slab and fireplace late last month, and some of the interior redwood paneling and light fixtures were salvaged. The new home designed for the site will purportedly mimic the old one to a significant extent — here’s a rendering from Robertson Design, the architecture firm of the new owners’ son:
Perhaps appropriate to the structure’s phoenix-like cycle of destruction and rebirth, the wood siding on the facade is swapped for Japanese-style charred wood in the replacement design, rendered above with the original listing photo apparently used as a base. The driveway and front walkway with its low patterned concrete wall are supposed to remain intact, and Chris Robertson tells Cowen that the departed house’s cantilevered living room will be recreated. Here’s what that used to look like:
- Owners Plan to Re-Create River Oaks Midcentury Modern Home They Razed [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Houston Home Listing Photo of the Day: Fun with Blocks; Not Yet Ruined by Updates, This MacKie and Kamrath Mod in River Oaks Is Yours for $2.5 Million