Heart of Stone

Shaker Lodge is a new house in an old neighborhood. The home is a blend of Shaker-style interior detail and a great room takes inspiration from the great lodges of America's National Parks.

Architect Leslie Barry Davidson, drew from the homes of southern Louisiana to design a roof system with witch's hat gables and a hipped roof at the perimeter.

There's a 3-inch reveal between the bookcases and the stone fireplace, with the molding scribed around the stone."It's the prettiest stonework in the state of Texas," says builder Steve Friedman of Pyramid Constructors.

Like much of the house, the powder room gets inspiration from the great lodges in America's National Parks, which the homeowners love to visit. The bark was hot-glued to a piece of pllywood to provide a smooth panel underneath.

From the garage, the back entrane to the house leads into the breakfast room, which opens to the family room and the kitchen.

In the spacious, cook's kitchen is a mix of materials: granite countertops, Douglas Fir cabinetry, and white oak and slate floors.The island is big enough for two to cook dinner together, and it's great for baking.

The homeowners are book lovers, so they opted for a library instead of a living room.

At the core of the first floor is the double-height family room, which flows to the kitchen and breakfast room, as well as to the outside terrace.

The house is close to the street and sidewalk, in keeping with other homes in this old established neighborhood in Houston, near Rice University.The home is 4950 square feet, and the corner lot measures 60 by 120 feet.Mature live oaks sit on both street-facing sides of the house.

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