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MASA Studio Architects: Soothing Santa Barbara

Featured House and Architect of AIA Houston 2016 Annual Home Tour

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Home Reflects Family Vacations along California Coast, Influenced by Single On-site Tree

4810 Braesvalley, Houston, TX 77096 - 8,000 square feet, MASA Studio Architects

Photo Credit: Photography by Benjamin Hill Photography

The home is located in Meyerland, a flood prone area in the city of Houston. The elevated design of the home takes into account these seasonal disturbances. The residence was designed in the soothing Santa Barbara style, as envisioned by the client and their love of family vacations along the California coast. Immersed with casual living and spartan ornamentation, it demonstrates a sense of sophistication with carefully executed details, elegant finishes and refined materials.


A notable material feature is the use of American Clay plaster throughout the home due to the

family’s sensitivity to allergies. This age-old material is an environmentally conscious product, a

non-toxic alternative for interior wall coverings that provide quality, health, beauty and value.


The design and organization of the home on the property was influenced by a single tree, adjacent to the courtyard entrance. Tour participants note the presence of a large oak tree that shades the courtyard, hides the mass of the home and greets visitors upon arrival. Once inside, a groin vault gallery focuses the viewer’s eye to the 500-gallon saltwater reef tank prominently located in the great room.


The great room provides an open vantage from which to enjoy the property. Deep verandas flanking the great room help buffer the interior space from the weather, while visually merging with the courtyard and pool area. The open-air cabana anchors the outdoor activities at one end of the pool.

AIA Houston 2016 Annual Home Tour

Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 2016
12-6 p.m. each day

See a map of all featured houses.

Featured Houses and Architects (all square footages are approximate):

  • Merrick House, 3615 Merrick, Houston, TX 77025 - 4,037 square feet, studioMET

  • Hammer Residence, 2304 Goldsmith Street, Houston, TX 77030 - 3,475 square feet, m + a architecture studio

  • Oberlin, 4153 Oberlin, Houston, TX 77005 - 3,400 square feet, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects

  • Pavilion Haus, 1914 Ebony, Houston, TX 77018 - 2,500 square feet, studioMET

  • Marmo-Vaikhman House, 705 Merrill, Houston, TX 77009 - 5,700 square feet, McIntyre+Robinowitz Architects

  • Winslow House | Perched, 517 Winslow Lane, Bellaire, TX 77401 - 3,200 square feet, JT ARC STUDIO

  • West Eleventh Place Residence, 5 W. 11th Place, Houston, TX 77005 - 4,504 square feet, Dillon Kyle Architects

  • The Wroxton, 2332 Wroxton Rd., Houston, TX 77005 - 4,950 square feet, MaRs




$25 Full-Tour Ticket
$20 Full-Tour Ticket for Bike Riders
$10 Single House Ticket (Single house tickets will not be available for pre-sale)

The Full-Tour and Single House Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating houses during tour hours and are good both days of the tour.


Full-Tour tickets may be purchased in advance online at or at the


AIA Houston office, 315 Capitol Street, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002.

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