Sneak Peek: Houston House to Showcase Work By Emerging Designers

Houston House is in the middle of a $10 million renovation, but that's not keeping the historic high-rise apartment building from showing off its luxury living spaces. In September, the building will offer tours of four apartment homes, each designed by a local up-and-coming designer, according to a release.

The designers that will be featured on the free Houston House Salutes Emerging Designers tours are 29-year-old graphic designer/interior designer/Analog | Dialog blogger Chris Nguyen; 31-year-old interior designer Kristen Johnson; 33-year-old freelance designer Richard Sanchez; and 31-year-old architect/designer/abstract artist Saba Jawda.

The 31-story building was built in 1966 by architect Charles Goodman, who also constructed 24 East Greenway Plaza. So far, the lobby, the exterior, the recreational areas and about a quarter of the apartments have been updated. The remodeled apartments are currently available, and more will become available each month until the renovation's completion in June 2012.

And the renovated apartments sound pretty swank, including stone countertops, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and new wood or travertine floors. An amenities floor has been added that includes a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, a full-size basketball/volleyball court and a lounge.

The tours take place September 23 through September 25 and September 30 through October 2 at Houston House, 1617 Fannin. For information, visit www.HoustonHouseApts.com or call 713-308-2000.

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