BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF
With that in mind, and knowing they wanted the appearance and feel of a small European estate, Kate and Johnnie began looking for the ideal setting for their new home, which was to be fashioned after the works of Addison Mizner. Over the course of three years, the Moores continued to look at various pieces of real estate, which not only was enjoyable for them but it also kept them abreast of home and property values in the Houston area. When they came upon an half-acre lot with an abundance of live oaks and magnolia and prominently located on a peninsula where two roads converge, they knew they had found the perfect location. The only thing remaining was to make it theirs.
“We were patient, and we were rewarded for our patience in the end. That experience reminded me of how important it is to trust yourself when you’re building a home. You should get what you really want, whether it’s real estate or an element to be used in building,” says Kate. “And also, if possible, get it when you see it. You can always hold onto whatever it is until you’re ready to use it or you can put it in storage if necessary. Just don’t wait until you need something to start looking for it. If you do, you might have to settle for less than what you really want.”
With site determined, plans finalized and subcontractors onsite, construction began. It wasn’t long before Kate, who spent virtually every day on site, started to see the sensuous, flowing house she had envisioned come into being. The abundant curves of the arched doors, windows, and doorways, as well as the loggias, were creating the softer feeling just as she had wanted. Kate was particularly pleased when she saw the gently swirling staircase she had designed taking shape, even though its construction would require extra time and care.
“A curve always requires more than a line. Building a curve instead of a right angle always takes more, too. More time, more materials, more expense and better craftsmanship,” says Kate.
Gentler lines and fewer sharp angles are also fundamental to the peace and tranquility of the grounds and gardens. Within the fenced and gated property, curving walkways offer means for strolling among the gardens, including a separate tranquility area that Kate designed to be a meditation garden. “There’s a feeling of privacy about our property, I think. Because we’re located on a peninsula, we have neighbors on only one side. But we’ve also created a number of different areas within the yard and that gives a feeling of privacy, too. Having a variety of venues and vistas also makes the property seem bigger than it actually is.”