Converting a former Gerland’s grocery store in GOOF into a restaurant seems a fitting transformation for a property keeping its uses on the food chain. Carl Eaves, one of the partners in FEED TX’s new Liberty Kitchen that opened earlier this month on Alba Street, says the challenge of the renovation project was to maintain the old building’s vibe while making it into a functional restaurant and neighborhood hangout. He has done this sort of thing before, many times, and says, “You have to weave your way without destroying the structure.” Guests will find the remains of an original walk-in fridge have been repurposed as the chilled wine cellar. Within it, vintage ship lathe and stenciled panels indicate the former air compressor’s route. Wainscot of beadboard salvaged from … [Read more...] about The Do-Over: Old food establishment maintains a similar vibe
They could have just moved from their Timbergrove Manor 1950 rancher home. Or razed it and rebuilt on the lot. In fact, they considered both options. But the house, perched on a tree-filled knoll to catch the breeze, was their home and their neighborhood, which the homeowners say is “getting younger.” So David and Skye Mansfield Templeton opted to more than double the original home’s size to just under 3,000 sq. ft. to better accommodate family life with two young sons. They also wanted to keep the home’s original front elevation. And the trees. Friends and family thought they were “crazy,” she recalls. Then the bones of the new space appeared, and they could see what she did: space to live, grow, and entertain -- inside and outdoors. Neighbors tell them they’re glad the big trees … [Read more...] about The Do-Over: A lenghty reno makes lifestyle a huge priority
According to a report by Swamplot.com, Crescere Capital Management announced a new 29,000-square-foot retail center at the southeast corner of West 34th Street and Ella Boulevard. The Leader also independently verified from an unnamed source that Sprouts is looking at the same location to expand with a new store. The report said the new development is called 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth and is scheduled to begin construction in January 2017. The 2.5 acre retail development has a design team lead by Peter Merwin and Ted Rubenstein of Gensler. Crescere is also the owner of The Shops of Oak Forest north of the new development near the corner of Ella and West 43rd Street. … [Read more...] about New retail development headed to Garden Oaks, Oak Forest
It was big news when Houston’s City Council voted to purchase the run down Oakbrook Apartments at 5353 DeSoto St from Fertile Real Estate, LLC, who had owned them since 2013, for a reported $1.25 million. Now people are eager to see the apartments gone as soon as possible. Abandoned for years, Oakbrook has numerous citations from the city. The Department of Neighborhoods Inspections & Public Service division had recorded more than 70 project numbers on 5353 Desoto relating to several different units in the complex and dating back to year 2005. The most serious crime on recent record was an assault on the complex grounds in May of 2013. Council Member Brenda Stardig whose District A includes Oakbrook said she has been working on reducing the density of this area for many … [Read more...] about When will Oakbrook be demolished?
A Concrete Example of a Livable Scale and Layout As if anticipating the wish lists of today’s home buyers, a mid-century home in Garden Oaks features an open floor plan, a lot of natural light and ample access to outdoor living. Modestly proportioned by today’s standards, the home’s thoughtful, efficient layout accommodates three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a combo living-dining room and a sunroom, now used as an office. Several rooms open to outdoor decks, which extend the living space as well as the views of a large lot. Unlike today’s housing, however, the building material is concrete blocks, inside and out. The only stud wall forms back-to-back closets between the secondary bedrooms. The “Century Built Home” home is one of four designed by Houston architect Allen P. Williams … [Read more...] about The Do-Over: Garden Oaks Century-Built House