About This Project
The Arkitex Studio believes that classical architecture is a language. Like most languages, there are certain rules; classicism prescribes certain proportions and relationships between elements. The beauty of a language is not in its parts, however, but in what is described by that language. The clients were fastidious about adhering to the grammar of classicism when they commissioned the Bryan-College Station-based architects to renovate and expand their home. We were privileged for the opportunity to explore this ancient architectural language in a contemporary context. The result is a beautiful home that outwardly embodies our clients’ cultural, personal and civic values.
Originally a two-story concrete-and-terra-cotta building, the design added wings to either side and the second floor was extended. The front of the house is a two-story entry portico with full-height ionic columns. The back of the house is graced with a spectacular pool, terraces and a cabana, designed to complement the main house. The house includes a large front circle drive, porte cochere, and four-car garage.
The house also incorporates a rainwater collection system (used to irrigate the landscaping) and geothermal heat pump that boosts the efficiency and reduces the operating costs of the heating and cooling system.