Greg LeBlanc and Mike Cox had lived in their older home near Memorial Park for several years when they decided they wanted start from scratch on the same lot. The lot, you see, wasn’t just your average Houston neighborhood parcel. Their lot is a marvelously sloped triangle that backs up to the Hogg Bird Sanctuary and Bayou Bend near Memorial Park.
The pair knew they wanted to find creative architect who was open to a collaborative design process. After asking around for recommendations, they contacted Charles Todd Helton, AIA.
Greg and Mike found an instant connection with the young architect. “From the first meeting at the old house, I loved the energy these guys brought to the process,” says Charles Todd Helton. “Charles came over and we thought it might be a 30-minute meeting, but it ended up being about three hours,” says Greg LeBlanc.
“We talked about modern architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s design principles, Fallingwater and how much we loved that sense of contemporary but not cold, that lodge—but not overly lodge—feel.” “We told him we really liked the house at the end of the movie North by Northwest,” says Mike Cox. Hollywood legend has it Frank Lloyd Wright was approached to design the dramatic house used in the final scenes of the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, but architect and the movie production company never reached an agreement.
Instead, Hitchcock had set designers create a house that looked like Wright might have designed it. To accommodate festive occasions, the social areas of Greg and Mike’s home feature generously sized rooms with plenty of wide-open flow from one space to another. Wide plank French oak brings warmth to floors of the upstairs master bedroom and landing.
The master bedroom also includes a full balcony, complete with Mike’s requested hot tub. The luxe floor-to-ceiling window coverings are from G&S Draperies. For the spa-inspired master bath, wrap-around vanities, designed with a continuous stone countertop, create a natural flow. A steam room connects the bath to nature by opening onto a balcony.
Wavy Ambra tile was installed in and around the two showers, including the steam shower. Various gray tones of flooring, countertops, and walls are offset by the warm glow from mother-of-pearl shell mirror frames.