This grand 1930s era residence was designed for a distinguished San Antonio family by Bartlett Cocke Sr. during the golden age of San Antonio architecture. Designed in the Moorish style, the house features a very restrained interior of plaster and tile with quarter-sawn white oak floors and a simple stucco façade complemented by a clay tile roof. Sustainable design disciplines preserved structure footprint and its relationship with historic neighborhood.
The design transforms the house from a compartmentalized protective shelter to an open plan with connections to the outdoors. Reworking the original entry sequence establishes a visual axis from the north entry to the new pool courtyard to the rear. The kitchen, originally the hidden domain of domestic help, is opened and expanded to include an outdoor cooking area overlooking the back garden. Connected to a new family room, this area forms a U-shaped courtyard and becomes the heart of the new plan, a place for family life and casual entertaining. Formal spaces, living and dining, remain at the front of the house.
Upstairs, the master suite was expanded and includes a covered sunroom overlooking the pool and forming the roof for the outdoor kitchen below. The pool courtyard also includes a garage and guesthouse with a new balcony. A new Live Oak allée helps define the side yard and shields neighboring houses to the east, creating a serene and secluded garden environment in the backyard. The juxtaposition of beautiful old materials with the modern sensibility of the plan and physical and visual connections to the outdoors creates a warm environment that celebrates the historic value of the home. A unique paint formula of warm white is used throughout the interior and exterior of home providing a clean canvas for playful light and shadow sequences throughout the diurnal and nocturnal hours of the day.
Sustainable design elements include: