Today’s sponsor of Swamplot is NoLo Studios @ Acres Homes, a new development of 14 modern residences. Thanks for the support!
NoLo Studios will provide live-work space for people seeking a creative home environment — within a unique, semi-rural neighborhood north of downtown and west of I-45. The project bills itself as a “creative community in the woods” offering privacy, community, and workspace. The developer’s stated goal is not to transform Acres Homes or to ignore its rich social history, but to plant in it a singular 3-acre retreat that by the siting of the homes and careful attention in their architecture to light, views, and personal space establishes an alternative to the confines of a traditional house.
The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes at NoLo Studios all feature smooth, highly durable cement-board siding, Galvalume roofs, and tall-ceilinged studio spaces lit by clerestory windows (one of them pictured above) with their own separate entrances. Combined living-dining-kitchen spaces open onto side decks sited for privacy. There’s room for customization and expansion.
The architect and developer of the project is Francois De Menil, FAIA, perhaps best known in Houston as the designer of the Byzantine Fresco Chapel on the campus of the Menil Collection (established 30 years ago in the middle of a Montrose neighborhood by his parents). Listing agent Star Massing of Boulevard Realty, who focuses her real estate business on Houston’s art, architecture, and design communities, has been actively involved in the research and construction process. (Her husband, artist Jack Massing — with longtime partner Michael Galbreth — holds court at the Art Guys World Headquarters less than a mile away.) Southern Green Builders is constructing the project.
To learn more about the 14 residences at NoLo Studios, check out the property website, where you’ll find more renderings and details about the project.
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