House-porn hub Houzz visits the MacGregor Terrace home of M+A Architecture Studio‘s Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon, after their recent upgrade from the 700-sq.-ft. residence they built for themselves back when they were architecture students at the University of Houston to the far-more-expansive slate-tile-clad concrete home they designed, constructed, and then added onto next door for their current family of 4. The finished size of their new 2-bedroom, 2-bath living space? A whopping 980 sq. ft.
Mitchell Parker’s home tour leaves out the owners’ decade-long battle with the toxic-chemical-spewing former waste-disposal facility behind the back fence of their growing houselet compound, focusing instead on tips for building — and living — small, which the designers gleaned and honed from years of firsthand experience.
“We wanted to optimize small areas like a Pullman train car, so that everywhere you turn, there’s something right there, but it makes sense that it should be there,” Schatz tells Parker. Among the smaller-izing ingredients: “airplane-tight” bathrooms; a concrete “core box” at the center that contains the home’s HVAC and plumbing, laundry, and fridge; efficient closets, and steel bookcases on tracks.
The couple’s added-on master bedroom measures a spacious 14 ft. by 15 ft. “It’s not minimal living,” Schatz says. “Just small-scale living.”
- Houzz Tour: Family Living in 980 Square Feet [Houzz]
- Previously on Swamplot: Fear and Exploding in MacGregor Terrace, Where Architects and Wayward Waste Disposers Once Lived in Perfect Balance; Houston’s Unhappy Hipsters
Photos: M+A Architecture Studio