Sometimes, overly modern homes can look a bit like spaceships that land in the middle of otherwise suburban areas. It’s best, I think, if you want to build a modern home to do so amidst other modern homes.
These kind of clusters are becoming more and more popular. Take Urban Reserve for example. This Mathews-Nichols Group development hugs White Rock Creek and offers homes in a broad price range — from the high $300Ks to upwards of $1 million — in a very natural setting.
Solutions 4 Living, a Houston-based builder of sustainable homes, is doing something very similar, if not on a much, much smaller scale.
The development, which will include six modern, sustainable homes, will occupy what was formerly two lots on Oates Road. Lots will range from 14,000 to 20,000 square feet, while the homes will be in the 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot range. The homes are being marketed in the $400,000 to $500,000 range, and the developer is looking to break ground on lot No. 6, a spec home, this fall.
“The original expectation was to give buyers three home plans to choose from,” said Dara Childs of Solutions 4 Living, “however, as a custom home builder and designer, if a client were to request a new design, we would certainly strive to accomodate them and we are close to putting Lot No. 1 under contract in this manner.”
Subdividing lots, especially when they are that sizable, is nothing new. Personally, I think six lots is kind of a tight fit. I’d feel more comfortable with my neighbors if it were, perhaps, four lots. That’s enough distance without giving up too much in the way of profit.
Burke Lowe, who has partnered with Childs on the project, says the lots vary in depth from 200 to 295 feet. All of them, he added, will back up to a creek.
“We feel that the area is ready for development,” Childs said. “In the words of Robert Frost, the lots are ‘lovely, dark and deep.’ We think the lots will sell themselves.”
I do, however, like the idea of creating a niche of green custom homes in an area that is heavily treed and is right next to a creek. The only thing than concerns me a little is this post on the Solutions 4 Living blog extolling the virtues of composting toilets.