After living in the same neighborhood, the Houston couple take it to the next level with a new, modern construction

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Chad and Kelly Young love their neighborhood of Briargrove Park so much that when they got married for the first time, they brought their son home from the hospital to a house on the corner of the same street where they now live. Then they moved to a house three blocks away. They are back to the original street in a brand new construction.

They broke new ground in January 2020 and laid the groundwork when COVID hit. While work on other host sites stalled a bit at the start of the pandemic, work on the Youngs House advanced and ended in September of the same year.

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It’s just the two, plus their 17-year-old son Drake and the 7-year-old yellow lab, Remi, but even in their old 3,000-square-foot home, they still felt like they lived on top of each other. other.

“I was sick of him kicking and screaming about living in an old house and remaking it. It was a big house but it was a story and a half and the stairs were in the middle, ”said Kelly, 50, from the Houston area. “It’s a lot of a three-person house, but we’ve been living in the neighborhood for 20 years, and he reached a point in his life where he just wanted to build a new house.”

“You can’t renovate to get out of low ceilings and small kitchens,” added Chad, 49, and insurance risk and advisory worker at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

When the pandemic hit, meetings with their project manager and designer, Cassandra Brand of Cassandra Brand Interiors, switched to virtual meetings and phone calls where they could make decisions as the 4,800 square foot home grew. was progressing.

“When we told our real estate agent we wanted to move out, we gave him pretty strict parameters – basically we gave him a postage stamp,” Kelly said with a laugh.

Since this is the first house the couple built, they weren’t used to reading building plans. The brand, they say, helped them avoid costly mistakes. She helped them plan their kitchens so that the work triangle – preparation, cooking and cleaning – was better situated. And she helped them notice that the long modern fireplace in the living room wouldn’t match their more transitional style.

“There are so many amazing options, but if you didn’t have a designer you would have this amazing thing but it just wouldn’t fit together,” Kelly said. “We’re both very tasteful and we know what we want, but when you’ve never made an entire house… that’s a lot.”

Friends of the couple also visited and got construction fever. The swimming pool and a swimming pool bathroom are a particular source of inspiration.

“The best part was when I saw a hole in my backyard. I’ve wanted a pool since I was 9 and 50, baby, ”Kelly said excitedly. “I said to my husband” when you come home from work and you see me floating around the pool with a glass of wine, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. “

Chad laughed at the pool at first because they can use the Lakeside Country Club pool or visit their vacation home on Lake Livingston. But the truth is, everyone benefits. And the hot tub.

In their previous homes, the Young’s style was more traditional, with darker woods and heavier furniture silhouettes. This one – which has a white brick exterior with thick white mortar and black steel windows and doors – called for a clean transitional style with less hassle overall.

The furniture in the couple’s bedroom was a heavy four-poster bed which they now keep in a guest bedroom. Their new style includes a bed with lighter wood trim – to blend better with the white oak floors – and linen upholstery. Brand hired a local artist to create paintings to hang above each nightstand.

They now have a larger master bathroom with his and hers closets so everyone can be as messy or as neat as they want. The large bathroom has a double shower and a freestanding bathtub between two basins. Above, a glamorous crystal and gold chandelier illuminates the room.

The desk features built-in shelves full of photos and family memorabilia such as eighth-grade Chad’s saxophone, the flag raised at the funeral of Kelly’s father, and wood-mounted gauges of his beloved boat. A desk and comfortable chair provide Chad with a place to get things done when he needs to work from home.

Someday, Kelly imagines, this desk might be moved upstairs and she’ll take that space for a room where she and her girlfriends can sit and sip wine together.

Opposite the office, the dining room is much more usable than the small dining room they had before. Last winter, they hosted their first big dinner, a couple’s Valentine’s Day event.

Brand created a custom thick wood table base bound in a wide “X” shape and a tempered glass top. It’s surrounded by dark wood and gray tufted chairs, all set on a cowhide rug with a white and dark blue-gray geometric pattern. The walls in this room – like the shelves in the next office – are painted “Peppercorn” by Sherwin-Williams.

A sideboard they found at High Fashion Home sits against a back wall with a round mirror found at Round Top.

As they began to decorate, Chad was adamantly against wallpaper – until Brand showed him a few he really liked. So the powder-coated bathroom has blue and white geometric pattern wallpaper and a wall-mounted Dekton counter – the same material they used for the kitchen counters. Golden sconces and plumbing fixtures finish off the room.

A playroom, Drake’s bedroom, and guest bedrooms are all upstairs, a setup that suits him well. He can hang out there with friends and he has taken over one of the guest rooms for the video games.

Remi – the yellow lab who is so much a part of the family that he is sometimes called “Sissy” – has his own thing too. For the first time in her life, Remi has a dog door so she can come and go as she pleases without asking someone to open a door for her.

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