“Through its clear and clever design that is highlighted by the artful use of color, the architects have made the seemingly predictable into a surprising, joyful, and compelling home.”
— Paul Danna, FAIA

Location Houston
Client Matt Lyle and Mimi Phan
Architect CONTENT Architecture
Design Team Jesse Hager, AIA, Julie Klosterman, Katie LaRose, Shawn Lutz, Kalen McNamara,
Ross Wienert
Contractor DD&L Enterprises
Structural Engineer INSIGHT Structures
Landscape Architect Falon Land Studio

The 3434-sf Allston Residence balances modern character with the requirements of the Houston Heights Historic District. A pitched roof, horizontal siding, and covered porch reference surrounding bungalows, while subtle anomalies establish the house’s contemporary identity. At the ground floor, two parallel bars define the interior: one containing enclosed private programs and the other a continuous sequence of gathering spaces. Hints of color at the house’s exterior and living spaces give way to vibrant, saturated walls and ceilings as one moves into the more private areas, with boldly painted surfaces in the playroom and study folding into the rooms’ light wells.

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