Architect and Swamplot reader Jeromy Murphy sends in a construction update on the house he and his wife — also an architect — are building for themselves at 502 Archer St. in Brookesmith, “not too far from the container house.” How’s the family project going?
Lori and I designed it together, proving that a husband/wife architecture team can succeed (as long as the husband just agrees to everything his architect wife wants).
One of those design decisions that came so easily: the 8-ft. Isis Big Ass Fan that’ll hang from exposed rafters on a porch overlooking a new retaining wall. The fan isn’t installed yet, but you can see the rafters in this photo:
Murphy says the house will be a single-story “contemporary/mod,” with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. And the site is new too:
On the south side of the property there is a big hole, located within the Fugate ROW that was apparently at one time a tributary to the Little White Oak Bayou. This hole extended on to the property. At some point (pre-war?), they put in a 120″ drain pipe that runs diagonally across the south end of my property. . . . It’s really just a big hole with a drain at the bottom. The hole took up most of my property, but I had it filled in. The storm drain that drains the hole was undisturbed. . . . When the city put down the pipe and built roads around and over it, they never bothered to fill in this part.
You can see what it looked like before the retaining wall if you check the street view on google maps.
Photos: Jeromy and Lori Murphy