Comfortable, slip-on shoes—that's the key to maximizing a home tour experience, according to Modern Home Tours VP Ken Shallcross. After all, the last thing you want when you're on a mission to tour eight stunning modern and contemporary homes from some of the city's best residential architects is to get held up carefully un-wrapping and re-wrapping your (very on-trend) espadrilles at the front door.
Though the company name has changed slightly, this is the sixth year of the Houston Modern Home Tour from the Modern Architecture + Design Society, which produces similar events in 25 cities nationwide after getting its start in Austin a decade ago. That means Shallcross and company have great relationships with cutting-edge studios like MaRS Culture, Intexture Architects and StudioMET, the AIA Houston firm of the year for 2016, all of which have new projects featured on the tour this year.
"A lot of people ask us, 'How to do you choose the homes?' It’s a three question process: is it modern? Do the homeowners want to participate? And most importantly is this a house that we think people are going to want to see—is it unique and cool?" says Shallcross. "We start with photo submissions, so from photos is my initial reaction 'Yeah, I really want to see this house,"? If you can get that across in photos, in person it's going to make your head explode."
Among the standouts this year are a contemporary abode in the Heights by Scott Ballard that mixes in colorful Mexican influences, a Meyerland home designed by its architecture-loving businessman owner and the house Intexture Architects designed for themselves—so tourgoers can see how architects think about their own spaces.
The Modern Home Tour takes place Saturday Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and available here.