Principals of 15-year-old Intexure Architects, the husband-and-wife team of Russell and Rame Hruska, had plenty of experience designing high-end residential projects for others. So when it came to building their own dream home, the couple knew exactly what they wanted.

Just over a decade ago, the Hruskas purchased two adjacent lots in the Museum Park neighborhood of central Houston. On one lot, they built an office for their firm. They lived there with their young sons, above the studio, until their 4,600-square-foot house next door was completed in 2014.

“With two kids, we had to think about storage needs and functional aspects, but we wanted it to look effortless,” Rame explains. “We created spaces that are elegant but also practical.” Nowhere is that more apparent than in the family kitchen. Located on the ground level—which the architects designed with large expanses of glass to be the home’s public area—the sleek Poggenpohl kitchen features aluminum backsplash panels that conceal a small-appliance garage for food processors, mixers, and blenders. “We love to cook and entertain,” Rame says, “so we want lots of things, but not clutter.”

The same is true of the breakfast nook just opposite a long kitchen island. In one  of the few cast-in-place concrete walls that serve as the building’s main structure, a large window is carved out with a deep sill that serves as seating for the boys. A television for viewing from the nook or the island can be hidden within motorized upper cabinets when not in use.

The designers also installed a catering kitchen behind the main kitchen. They say that this has come in handy for large parties, such as a recent event for nearly 100 guests on the 1,000-square-foot roof deck, which is plumbed for a future outdoor kitchen.

The house’s three levels contain six bathrooms all with a unified sense of materiality. Colorful tile adds a playful touch to each of the kids’ baths, and the master bath features a custom quartz sink, glass tile, and Duravit cabinets (which also serve as a credenza in the adjacent bedroom). Pietra Forte Fiorentina stone used to clad the floor and wall dividing the master bath from the bedroom was cut at the Cave del Vecchio in Italy. Floor-to-ceiling glass offers views to a small outdoor courtyard with a bamboo and rock garden that provide an open, spa-like feeling while maintaining privacy and restricting direct sight lines in the dense urban setting.

“I used to love to stay in nice hotels, for the luxurious bathrooms,” Russell jokes. “Now we prefer to stay at home.”  


Size: 4,600 square feet

Completion Date: October 2014

Cost: witheld

Intexure Architects
1815 Southmore Blvd
Houston Texas 77004
Phone 713.236.0071
Fax 713.236.0072


Owner: Russell and Rame Hruska

Intexure Architects
1815 Southmore Blvd
Houston Texas 77004
Phone 713.236.0071
Fax 713.236.0072

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architecture, Interiors, and Landscape by Russell Hruska, AIA and Rame Hruska, AIA

Structural Engineer: Gessner Engineering 

General contractor: Mod Fab

Photographer(s):  Rame Hruska

 CAD system, project management, or other software used:  Revit



Structural system
Cast in Place Concrete, Steel Framing, Wood Framing

Exterior cladding: VM Zinc

Windows: Ram Industries

Storefront Glazing: Ram Industries

Doors and Hardware
Entrance door and Hardware: Oikos Synua Pivot

Aluminum / Glass Interior doors and Hardware: Gruppo Door 

Sliding doors:  Fleetwood

Interior Kitchen finishes
Wall:  Cast in Place Concrete

Millwork:   Poggenpohl

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Countertops:  Ceasarstone

Aluminum Backsplash:  Poggenpohl

Flooring:  Microcementos Concrete 

Thermador 48” Grande Pro Steam Range
Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher
Thermador Vent Hood
Thermador Column Refrigerator
Thermador Column Freezer
Thermador Wine Column
Uline Refrigerated Drawers

Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet (main sink)
Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Kitchen Faucet (prep Sink)
Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Bar Faucet (Dining) 

Interior Master Bath finishes
Natural stone wall and Flooring:  Il Casone

Vanities and Tall Cabinets:   Duravit Delos in brushed Oak

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Countertop and Custom Sink:  Caesarstone

Decking at Master Bath Terrace: Geodeck

Rollershades:  Architectural Fabric Systems

Glass Tile:  Mod Walls Lush

Faucetry:  Hansrohe Axor Uno Wall mounted Faucets
Hansrohe Axor Starck Bath Filler volume and Thermostatic Controls
Hansrohe AxorStarck Thermostatic Shower Trim, Raindance Royale Rainshower
Hansgrohe Axor Starck Handshower and Shelf accessories
Hansgrohe Axor Downpour180 Showerhead 

Duravit SensoWash Darling New Wall mounted WC, Duravit Darling New Freestanding Tub

Breakfast area: Magis Table First,  Magis Air Chair

Dining furniture: Moooi Container Table, Magis Air Chair, Millwork Poggenpohl 

Great room:Moroso Lowland Sofa upholstered in Kvadrat fabric, Vitra slow chairsand ottoman, Foscarini Twiggy floor lamp,  Handmade Wool shag Nest rug from Design Within Reach

Downlights: Juno

Integrated Task lighting in Millwork: Poggenpohl

Exterior: Kitchler LED

Dining:  Luceplan Hope Pendant

Dimming System or other lighting controls:  Lutron

water-saving fixtures:  Hansgrohe Low Flow fixures throughout, Duravit dual flush toilets throughout