Custom Home Development


Project name: A Pennsylvania Farm House
Project location: Harris County, Texas
Square footage: 7,000
Total project cost: $2 million

The clients of L. Barry Davidson Architects in Houston desired to build a new house that would also be their last. They wanted to use natural stone both for its durability and country appearance.

The design called for three zones: a central family area; a master area; and an upstairs guest area. The two-story farmhouse appearance with one-story wings permitted spacious central front and rear porches, and a large core gathering room. An H-shaped plan allowed the rear of the house to have the look of a later addition for the garage. The exterior materials — Pennsylvania green and Arkansas garden moss natural stone — were interspersed with siding. The splayed stone window and door headers are a consistent decorative motif.

The interior stained vintage pine woodwork and reclaimed wide-board floors have warm earthy values. The vaulted ceiling with Douglas fir beams in the family room provides a warm country ambiance together with its clerestory windows and large rustic flagstone fireplace.