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Restored Midcentury Asking $3.45M Has a Patio for Every Room

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Location: Houston, Texas
Price: $3,450,000

In 1960, prominent Houston architect Harwood Taylor designed the Frame-Harper House, one of the best examples of midcentury modern architecture in the region. By the 1990s, however, the 5,000-square-foot home overlooking the Buffalo Bayou had been updated beyond recognition with an all-white paint job on the exterior and gutted interiors. In 2004, a new owner enlisted local firm Stern and Bucek Architects to completely restore the place, a project that brought back the original brick walls, walnut paneling, coffered ceilings, and flat roof, and essentially reconstructed all of the surrounding gardens, terraces, and pool decking.

The entry level of the five-bedroom home steps down to a living room and then to a sunken family room, which opens out to terraced gardens with terrazzo floors that match those found inside. According to Realtor, "each room, including the bathrooms, in the main house as a patio." Lofty glass walls further create a dramatic connection to the outdoors.

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