House 334

Alamo Heights Texas

This design/build remodel and addition to a 1950s home demonstrates that a family of three can live comfortably and elegantly in a single-story home on a compact lot. Salvaging an overlooked but surprisingly innovative all-concrete constructed home, the project converted the original two-bedroom structure to an open-plan living space and added a master suite, bedrooms and Studio bedroom for visiting family. The narrow floor plan hugs the west boundary of the lot, opening onto a series of landscaped courtyards at the south and east. The result, which expands family living space to the boundaries of the property, offers an alternative to the paradigm of maximizing interior square footage at the expense of architectural integrity and quality of life.

Project Team

  • Design Team: Craig McMahon AIA

  • Construction: Craig McMahon AIA



  • 2018 Texas Tech University Alumni Design Awards: Merit Award

  • 2017 Pro Remodeler Design Awards Bronze Award

  • 2016 Texas Architects TSA Convention Tour Selection: The Architects Home

  • 2016 REmodeling Magazine Design Awards Grand Award

  • 2016 Professional Builder Magazine Design Awards Gold Award

  • 2016 Golden Nugget Awards Award of Merit

  • 2015 Architizer A+ Finaliist

  • 2015 AIA San Antonio: Merit Award

  • 2014 Best in American Living Awards: Gold Award

  • 2014 International Design Awards: Honorable Mention

  • 2013 AIA San Antonio Home Tour