When Michael Viviano graduated from architecture school, he didn't have to look far to find his first client and collaborator. As luck would have it, his mother, Catherine, an interior designer and contractor, and his father, Chris, were ready to build a new house in Houston and it made perfect sense for the project to be a family affair. His parents had previously lived in traditional homes, wanted a more modern space, so Michael designed a contemporary take on the classic gable façade that would work in the narrow site and give a nod to the architecture their past houses.
The couple are avid entertainers and the home includes plenty of space for gatherings, but it has a more classic separation between spaces rather than an open floor plan. The interior architecture and palette are minimalist so that the couple's collection of antique and vintage furniture can take center stage. The finished project is truly a family home in every sense of the word and the collaboration proved to be so successful that mother and son now work together full time at their eponymous firm.
The narrow lot called for a slim building set on the side farther away from a major thoroughfare. The architect chose materials that had an earthy quality, such as custom-cut concrete bricks and larch siding.
Catherine wanted a kitchen that was functional and separate from the living and dining room. The upper cabinets are painted in Decorator's White to match the walls, while the lower cabinets are painted in a custom variant of Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray, which complements the unpolished concrete floors and stainless-steel appliances. The white oak island is topped with green soapstone and paired with stools by Hay.