The main event
The builders of these primary residences in Arizona, Connecticut, and Texas faced a similar challenge: Develop and maintain strong relationships with their clients.
Making a smooth transition
The kitchen faces a veranda at the rear of the home and features an island with a prep sink and an angled counter for food preparation and serving. The arched doorway on the right leads to a home office.
To facilitate entertaining, the kitchen, breakfast room, and great room open to a large veranda and summer kitchen. Off the kitchen is a media room where the family can hang out and watch TV. The home has a formal dining room off the foyer as well as a study that is the husband’s sanctuary, complete with hidden closets.
Like nearly all of Frankel’s projects, the home is LEED certified. “The clients didn’t want a lot of maintenance, and when we started explaining what sustainable means, it made total sense to them.”
For Frankel, building green means using open-cell polyurethane insulation and other materials that can stand up to Houston’s heat and humidity. “We use two-coat lathe-and-plaster stucco on 95 percent of our houses,” he says. “If it’s done right, it [performs] very well in this climate.” Instead of exposed wood on the exterior, the company uses fiber-cement siding and trim and concrete masonry soffits. Hybrid, semi-tankless water heaters and variable-speed, 16 SEER HVAC units are always on the equipment list.
In the clients’ previous home, the master bathroom was just a bathroom. This one is more like a spa with its oversized shower and soaking tub and connects to an enormous walk-in closet.
Rodney Stevens, Frankel’s in-house custom-home designer, is adept at making new homes fit seamlessly in established neighborhoods. To add both timelessness and visual interest to this home’s front elevation, Stevens used stone accents and archways, a second-floor balcony, and dormer windows over the garage.