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32 Tilbury Lane

Neighborhood: Inverness

Architect: Joseph M. Smith, AIA

Located in the north San Antonio exclusive neighborhood of Inverness, 32 Tilbury Lane is home to an empty nester couple. The home is a one-story home that is open in concept set around a courtyard that extends the living space to the exterior. The residence was carefully placed on the lot to maximize the preservation of native oak trees and oriented to capture predominant southeast breeze in the main courtyard. As well, outdoor spaces are generously shaded with a steel and wood roof covering.

Thick honed stone walls separate the home from a motor court and front entry garage. A deep overhang protects the north clerestory windows and extends to form the ceiling of the main living space and rear yard generous outdoor room. Expansive sliding glass walls open the living space to the outdoor room extending the living space to the central courtyard.  The Living space is open to the dining room and a large kitchen centered around a large island which also houses a second eating area. Custom flip up cabinets adorn two walls and tall cabinets hide an entry to a hidden pantry. Wraparound cabinets turn the corner and form a bar that extends down a high window light filled hallway leading to the bedrooms. Two guest bedrooms are located on the west side of the house with generous amenities with windows opening to neighboring properties allowing the courtyard maintain its privacy for the owners. A lounge separates the guest wing from the master suite with a balcony at the rear of the house opening to a greenbelt that runs to the rear of the property. The master suite, like the living space has expansive glass openings that open to a large ipe deck that connect three sides of the courtyard and is anchored by a pool set below the steel framed ipe deck and lush landscaping. The open side of the courtyard separates the property from a residence also designed by JMSarchitects.

Overall the design of the home reflects the context of the time is was constructed, an unabashed modern dwelling. The forms of the home reflect its function, the main living space is the predominant design element and roots the home on the lot. The master suite as well is a prominent feature clad in sustainable metal panels. The floors throughout the home are European white oak and the walls a crisp white finish punctuated by stone elements that extend into the interior from the outside of the home. Ample glass used throughout allow for a changing paly of light throughout the day. The home is 3700 sf and every part of the residence is utilized and provide the owners a private yet open lifestyle set in a suburban park like setting. Views from the main living spaces are oriented to look at their own dwelling and strategically placed landscaping and a striking pool provides the owners a private oasis.