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Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston

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By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights.
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  The series of pitched white buildings was inspired by the work of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. “The shell of the house is a very simple form,” says Matthew Ford, “no turns or intersecting roof sections. This allowed me to use solid but inexpensive framing and roofing crews. We are always looking for the point where simplicity and luxury meet.”  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    The series of pitched white buildings was inspired by the work of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. “The shell of the house is a very simple form,” says Matthew Ford, “no turns or intersecting roof sections. This allowed me to use solid but inexpensive framing and roofing crews. We are always looking for the point where simplicity and luxury meet.”

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Tina and Matthew Ford, here with daughter Daisy, are the owners of Shade House Development, the company that designed and is building the suite of houses that comprise Row on 25th in Houston, Texas.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Tina and Matthew Ford, here with daughter Daisy, are the owners of Shade House Development, the company that designed and is building the suite of houses that comprise Row on 25th in Houston, Texas.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  They collaborated on the project with investor and landowner Holden Shannon whose own home on the Row was outfitted by designer Barbara Hill with vintage furniture like a turquoise sofa and pair of mid-century side tables from Houston’s Reeves Antiques.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    They collaborated on the project with investor and landowner Holden Shannon whose own home on the Row was outfitted by designer Barbara Hill with vintage furniture like a turquoise sofa and pair of mid-century side tables from Houston’s Reeves Antiques.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  A pair of mid-century perches by Kofod-Larsen sit beneath a print by Andy Warhol in an upstairs bedroom.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    A pair of mid-century perches by Kofod-Larsen sit beneath a print by Andy Warhol in an upstairs bedroom.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  The master bedroom in Holden Shannon’s unit in Houston’s Row on 25th development features a Nook bed from Blu Dot, a pair of Base table lights by Tom Dixon, and a painting by artist Elva Stewart.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    The master bedroom in Holden Shannon’s unit in Houston’s Row on 25th development features a Nook bed from Blu Dot, a pair of Base table lights by Tom Dixon, and a painting by artist Elva Stewart.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  The dresser at the other end of the bedroom is by Paul Frankl; the plywood lounge chair is by Ib Kofod-Larsen; and the huge cork-based floor lamp is from Reeves Antiques.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    The dresser at the other end of the bedroom is by Paul Frankl; the plywood lounge chair is by Ib Kofod-Larsen; and the huge cork-based floor lamp is from Reeves Antiques.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Shannon and his wife, Amy, take the air on a small patio in two Acapulco chairs.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Shannon and his wife, Amy, take the air on a small patio in two Acapulco chairs.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Amy finds precisely what she’s after in a refrigerator by Sub-Zero in the kitchen.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Amy finds precisely what she’s after in a refrigerator by Sub-Zero in the kitchen.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Designer Barbara Hill recollects that Shannon wanted a “young, funky feel” to his home on the Row. He sits in a vintage chair next to a Satsuma lamp by Jonas Damon for Areaware.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Designer Barbara Hill recollects that Shannon wanted a “young, funky feel” to his home on the Row. He sits in a vintage chair next to a Satsuma lamp by Jonas Damon for Areaware.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, the Fords saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, the Fords saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  A black electric guitar, a vintage rosewood desk, and a side chair by Charles and Ray Eames sit at the foot of the stairs just beneath a photo of designer Barbara Hill herself competing in the 1956 Miss America Pageant.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    A black electric guitar, a vintage rosewood desk, and a side chair by Charles and Ray Eames sit at the foot of the stairs just beneath a photo of designer Barbara Hill herself competing in the 1956 Miss America Pageant.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Lauren Strongin dances in front of the custom window designed by Shade House Development.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Lauren Strongin dances in front of the custom window designed by Shade House Development.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Joseph Walsh and Lauren Strongin, seen here in their dining room, have also kitted out their unit with vintage furniture.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Joseph Walsh and Lauren Strongin, seen here in their dining room, have also kitted out their unit with vintage furniture.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Walsh and Strongin's living room strikes a more rustic note.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Walsh and Strongin's living room strikes a more rustic note.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Row on 25th's floor plan.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Row on 25th's floor plan.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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