One of Sam Nash’s favorite quotes and life mantras was first said by Leonardo Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.” One could easily substitute 3743 Childress for “Simplicity” in that phrase and be right on the money. Sam Nash, the designer and builder behind this stunning, minimalist home brings us 3743 Childress St for sale at $1,899,000.
To enter the home at 3743 Childress is to leave the outside bustling of the city and walk into something almost spellbinding, and it starts before even getting to the house. In your car, turning off Weslayan and heading down Childress Street you find yourself quickly enveloped by the lush, green canopy of the live oaks lining the street. Then, the canopy opens, just before the street curves, to allow the sun to illuminate the home. There is a beauty in the simple, large, white box sitting atop the warm, dark horizontal lines of the cumaru wood. But more than that, you feel a sense of curiosity – what lies behind those walls and that hidden entrance? You walk up the asymmetric concrete walkway and enter the broad glass entrance door, leaving the winding, curving limbs of the live oaks for the sharp, horizontal lines of the home.
Almost expecting a cavernous feel once inside, you are surprised to see a bright, open living room with light beaming in from a wall of glass on the south side of the home. The saw-cut polished concrete floors run throughout the first level with warm walnut reaching up from the living room and across the entire ceiling into the walnut cabinets in the kitchen. LED lighting accents the clean lines throughout the living room and kitchen.
As you walk toward the kitchen island you realize there is another light-filled room toward the back of the house. It’s a rectangular formal dining room with a large horizontal window to view the back yard. Then you turn back to the kitchen. At first glance all you see is black and walnut but then you realize that Miele appliances are hidden behind all that walnut, all but the double oven, perfectly centered to the kitchen island. You can picture yourself sitting at the kitchen island sipping coffee, surrounded by the warm walnut.
Continuing on, you see more walnut cabinets on the backside of the walnut-clad Miele freezer and refrigerator doors (presumably the hidden pantry). Turning up the wide, walnut staircase you step into the 2nd level which is a huge, open space with views out to the rear balcony. To the left are two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
To the right, you can walk outside to a spacious(279 sqft) balcony but out of the corner of your eye you see an entire room with the unmistakably bold statuario marble pattern. You enter the master bathroom where the floor and walls are clad with durable Italian porcelain emblazoned with the pattern. Walnut cabinets are an echo from the first level as well as the grey stucco shower walls. Actually, the double shower is open on two sides, cumaru wood-slatted flooring sits between and rain shower heads hang from the ceiling. Sky lights allow light to flow into the room.
You turn to see the rest of the master suite. Before getting to the bedroom, on your left is a floor-to-ceiling mirror backlit with LED welcoming you to a massive walk-in closet that would be Marie Kondo’s dream.
You walk back out and into the spacious, rectangular master bedroom. You look out the wall of glass doors to the balcony and backyard. A pool would be amazing in the back, you think. Then your eyes turn to the north side of the room, to the corner window at eye level. You see the lush winding, curving limbs of the live oak canopy where your experience started.
About the Builder
NASH Design:Build, founded and led by Sam Nash, is a boutique design and construction company specializing in high quality residential and commercial design, general contracting, and construction consulting services. While completing his studies of architecture and construction at the nationally renowned Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at University of Houston, Sam started his company as a freelance drafter and assistant designer. Within 2 years he grew the practice into a fully fledged architecture firm, and was recognized by 002 Magazine as Houston’s up and coming designer. In 2012 renowned architectural historian Stephen Fox included the firms mini house project in Houston’s EaDo neighborhood in the third edition of his Houston Architectural Guide book. In 2015 one of the firms high end custom homes in the Texas hill country won the Summit Award for Best Rural Custom Home $1,501,000 & Over. Since then, NASH Design:Build has been joined by its sister company, NASH Realty Partners, a residential and commercial real estate development company also led by Sam. Both companies now work together with clients and investment partners to develop, design, and build unique projects across the U.S.