We wanted to share what led us to build a house that looks and functions the way this one does.
We took a lot of inspiration from mid-century modern structures and homes, as well as, contemporary modern vernacular here in Southeast Texas. We are aiming to achieve a home that is comfortable, well-designed, thoughtful of our environment/site and that fits our family's lifestyle. A cornerstone of modern design philosophy is Louis Sullivan's often quoted "Form follows function" statement . Many of our design decisions are outcomes of well thought out 'functional' expectations for our home. Efficient design, from space planning and HVAC to windows and plumbing, were all part of what has led us to our final design outcome. Features such as an open-plan great room with (very) high ceilings and ample natural light, straightforward materials like polished concrete, warm walnut cabinets, and a simple backdrop of white walls all lend focus to the generous exterior views of our National Forest surroundings. To say the least, we are smitten with the results and beyond excited to make this house our home.
As far as keeping track of our ideas and inspiration, we used shared Pinterest boards and shared Houzz Ideabooks. We also make it a point to go 'see' and 'experience' modern design and modern spaces as often as we can. Photos can be amazing tools, but they are no match for actually being in a space and experiencing it for yourself. More on this in an upcoming post detailing the design process!
For now... scroll... and scroll and scroll over some delicious inspiration from our Pinterst boards!