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After vacationing in Rockport for the past 15 years, Joe Matkin and his family decided it was time to sell the family condo in Key Allegro and build a new home designed specifically for their growing family. In fact, Matkin’s entire family was involved in the design. It was a priority to have enough bedrooms for his daughters’ own families. “It was probably one of the most family oriented homes I have ever done,” said residential designer Michael Mahoney.
They all wanted to take advantage of the view, but the pie-shaped lot presented an interesting challenge. The lot itself was chosen to offer special protection from afternoon sun exposer and catch a cool sea breeze blowing in off the water during sweltering summer days. There were details the family debated on, but everyone agreed that the house was missing something without the wrap-around porch. Wire, stainless steel cables were used around the porch in place of rails. It meets building codes and creates better visibility, which was a primary concern.
Mahoney did a considerable about of thinking before even putting pen to paper. To take full advantage of the view, Mahoney followed the property line on the south. “We put the house parallel to it, and the other side that angles, that’s where we put the garage and junior suite. That angle is the one that looks straight out onto the bay. It’s a beautiful lot, but if we had turned the house to the other angle, we would be looking right at other houses,” says Mahoney.
It took about six months to work up the plans and then about a month to bid it out to builders. The Matkin family is actually in the building business, so the process was not foreign for them. They chose J.R. Gilmer as the builder and stayed very involved.
The home features three bedrooms downstairs and a beautiful upstairs master that connects to the living room. Intentions designed clearly for kids and grandkids, there are five bedrooms total. The downstairs features a kitchenette and entertainment area for the little ones to use that leads right out to the pool. With minimal square feet to work with, the junior master suite worked out nicely. Disconnected from the rest of the home, it allows for more privacy.
This home has a distinct traditional coastal design. Some of the key elements are tall, two panel doors, transoms (transverse horizontal structural beams) over the windows, and the wrap-around porch all pay homage to the very traditional architecture.
The large roof allows for the larger dormer that Matkin requested himself. It really gives the design its character, along with the stately looped balconies. This porch was a costly addition, but it was completely worth it.
Unlike most homes, the interior was actually created and inspired around the floor itself. The unique tile, manufactured in Brazil, is rare and difficult to come by. It perfectly resembles old wood siding from a rustic barn, creating the interior’s perfect Texas-coastal ambiance. The design is very nautical with a hint of coastal chic. These subtle nuances ensure that everything is very simple and elegant. The family preferred an airy, uncluttered look.
Gracious eight foot doors adorned with crown molding and vaulted ceiling are just a few aspects that make the Matkin manor the traditional coastal home they conceptualized. The kitchen is defined by its large bar top area that seats upward to sixteen. Between the two large pantries is a booth that the Matkin’s daughters voted for. It’s not only aesthetically appealing, but it also serves as a practical dining space for the grandkids. Most of the time, the children will spend their time downstairs and then come up to eat. The granite is reminiscent of emerald, which is almost a perfect reflection of the Aransas Bay.
The master bedroom features subtle yet stunning features. A transom accents each window; a classic feature that many newer homes no longer have. The large master bathroom also contains a separate upstairs washer and dryer and large chipped tile shower. They decided to forego an extra large closet space, as sweeping, comfortable beach clothes don’t take up much room! The view from the bedroom windows is spectacular. The reflection of the morning sun off the Bay is one welcomed wake up call.
The Matkin’s have a true affinity for the outdoors. To accompany the incredible porch, the home features a spacious downstairs patio overlooking the inner-coastal channel. The wrap-around patio leads out to the pool overlooking the boat dock. Jim Post, with Coastal Reflections out of Rockport, designed the pool. The pool is very family-friendly, containing two shallow beach inlets. The garage features a separate tack room for fishing equipment. The tack room is a common feature in many of Mahoney’s designs. The garage is long enough and fixed to hold a boat.
Come sail away!