Located one block south of the historic Alamo Quarry, this small cottage was constructed with limestone acquired from this site. It is prized as a famous "Thorman built home" – a highly skilled contractor who constructed many of the original homes in the developments of Olmos Park, Terrell Hills, and Alamo Heights neighborhoods in San Antonio. Design cues were taken from the house's spare, simple design and its relationship to a long, thin site on a corner lot. Sustainable design practices guided the preservation of the structure while preserving the neighborhood integrity.
To double the square footage but maintain the integrity of the original 1400 sq. ft. stone box, the design adds single story glass rooms "bookends" to each end of the house, one housing a formal dining space and the other a master suite. Masonry walls recall original house chimneys on these added glass volumes tie the additions to the original house's limestone exterior. The master bedroom is built over an existing subterranean garage to the rear of the site. At night, the "glass box "dining room, on the north end facing the street corner, and the "glass box" master bedroom on the south end also serves as light fixtures for the sylvan lined neighborhood that has no street lights.
To further keep the scale of the expansion from overwhelming the original house or its neighbors, the second story addition steps back from the front façade and retreats into the abundant live oak and elm canopy. The upstairs bedrooms feel secluded and protected amongst the treetops while the expanded house quietly overlooks a meandering street that flows like a creek through this old, park-like San Antonio neighborhood.
Sustainable design elements include: