An expansive four-building modern residence recently completed construction on a former pecan farm a few miles outside of Houston.
Developed on his family’s 210-acre ranch, David Wersebe, who works in the mineral royalty business in Houston, designed the nearly 6,000 square-foot project himself and hired an architect to draw up the plans for construction. “I built this house for me, so if it doesn’t sell, I might move into it,” Wersebe said. “We’re trying to attract a $3 million buyer, and it’s dialed-in for the equestrian culture that’s big down here.”
The residence, which is currently on the market, blends elements of its original pecan orchard site with materials complementary to the environment. Hand-cut Texas limestone and hand-hewn beams from a 200-year-old Amish barn frame the expansive entry, and large-scale custom metal windows open to the native landscape. Sustainable Kebony Character modified wood, which was specified as cladding for all four facades, reflects the organic but modern feel of the house.
“The Kebony cladding worked extremely well for this project,” Wersebe said. “And as it weathers into its grey patina over time, it will blend beautifully into this environment.”
The home is arranged in four distinct “pods”: the center pod houses the living room, kitchen and other common areas; the north and south pods comprise the guest rooms and master suite, respectively. A separate air-conditioned garage can accommodate four cars and features a hangar door that opens into an awning as well as two elevated workspaces and a rooftop observation deck.
All four structures are roofed in metal with custom-designed awnings with irrigated trellises; the center pod features a two-story white oak living room cathedral ceiling; its back porch includes a cantilevered deck overlooking Lake Lucille with a covered patio and wood-burning fireplace. A glass-walled steel frame bridge with unobstructed views leads to the master suite. And this one-of-a-kind home is surrounded by polo fields and equestrian facilities.