The house at 1514 Banks St., which Karen Lantz designed for herself and her husband a few years back, just hit the market this weekend for a cool $2.5 million. After deconstructing the previous house on the Ranch Estates lot piece-by-piece for reuse, Lantz made a point of sourcing as much of the new building’s materials as possible from American manufacturers — and got most of the way there. The 3-or-4-bedroom home, nicknamed the Down and Up House by Lantz (and the (Almost) All-American Home by Mimi Swartz), contains both an extensive basement level and an upstairs patio terrace; its energy-conscious design (including solar paneling and solar water heating) bagged it a LEED Platinum certification.
Above, you can listen to architectural historian Stephen Fox narrate a walkthrough video of the house and its design process; below, you can look through the house at your own pace, starting with the spiky xeriscaping and poolside edible gardens:
Semi-transparent solar panels shelter part of the front patio:
The rest of the roof is white:
A glance straight upward in the foyer cuts right through the glass walkway above, which leads to the second-story master suite:
The main stairway provides a choice of up or down:
‘Down’ leads to the 1,000-sq.-ft. basement, which the listing recommends using for disco parties:
The basement kitchenette includes serious bar storage:
The wine cellar helps out as well:
The downstairs bathroom includes a chromatherapy tub below the translucent mica ceiling:
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Zigzag ceilings are found throughout the main living areas on the first floor, for reasons of both acoustics and air-conditioning distribution:
The open living room and kitchen lead out into a screened patio:
A walk up to the second floor takes you past a gallery display space:
Here’s the horizontal view from that glass walkway above the foyer, facing east:
A peek south out the window from the glass walkway nets you a view of the outdoor terrace above the carport, and a closer look at the solar paneling:
More solar paneling shelters the grill and outdoor kitchen area on the terrace:
Update, 4/6: Those interested in a closer look can check out the house on this weekend’s Rice Design Alliance home tour [which sponsored Swamplot for a few days earlier this year].
- Down and Up House [Texas Society of Architects]
- 1514 Banks St. [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: 90 Percent American in Ranch Estates; The Slowest Demo in Town: Karen Lantz Pulls a House Apart
Video: Lantz Full Circle