Among the just-announced winners of this year’s Good Brick Awards given out by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance is this not-so-recently renovated home on Nottingham St. in West University, which belongs to Carol Triebel and Rick Gist. And it does appear to have some good original bricks on the exterior. In a neighborhood where teardowns or the occasional awkward addition are the norm, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects designed an unusual renovation that kept the 1935 home’s outward cottage form, but twisted its innards around.
The design removed most of the home’s walls and doors, and smushed a core of closets, bath, and laundry into the center of the house along the driveway side. The new main living spaces are now arranged in a C shape around that core.
Then there’s the giant island, meant to do more than Kitchen duty:
It contains a sink, a cooktop, and an eating space, but it’s also supposed to function as a central hangout for the home and a general workspace.
- Triebel-Gist Renovation [Natalye Appel + Associates]
- River Oaks homes top Good Brick list [River Oaks Examiner]
Photos: Ralph Smith