Architecture / Historic Preservation / Interior Design / Residential

The Blue House


At the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Holiday Creek, two miles downstream from Comfort, TX, a farmhouse built in 1903 recently received a revitalizing renovation. Affectionately named the Blue House, referring to the long maintained exterior hue, the historic home serves as a hill country retreat for the San Antonio family who sought to refresh the interiors and refocus the home on indoor-outdoor living.

The original craftsman detailed porch oriented on axis with the southeast breezes allows rooms to open to the outside. This outward flow was further enhanced by extending the porch steps out to a new stone patio. A stone fire pit acts as a focal point of the outdoor living room and is balanced by carefully scaled limestone planters and a fishpond. Additionally, the roof was replaced with a new standing seam metal roof and the siding upgraded to a new vertical reverse board and batten siding.

The interior renovation blends modern and traditional elements by retaining the structure and dimensions of the farmhouse while updating finishes, and windows, and doors. The shotgun flow through the living room, dining room, and kitchen showcase new Brazilian Cherry wide-plank flooring. The living room features a wrap-around sofa custom to fit the room width and windows, while the dining room delivers classic lines of Mid-Century Modern tables and chairs. The kitchen opens to a farmhouse sink, custom shelves, under-counter refrigerator, and stone wall panels. The same stone is used as wainscoting in the bathroom which features painted wood slat siding and a glass door shower with a view of the landscape. New insulated windows and doors remain true to scale, and gray painted beadboard walls and ceilings complement the original trim and repainted wood base. Additional details include historically inspired air diffusers, LED lights, modern ceiling fans, and simple roller-shades.

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