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When Matt and Kim Hammer moved from their traditional home on Santa Barbara Street where they raised their daughter, Caitlin, they were ready for a new lifestyle and a home to match. The home would have to be great for entertaining and large family gatherings, but also a space that would be enjoyable for just the two of them.
The Mid-Century Modern Ocean Drive home was purchased in 2010 and the renovation took over a year, with Kim there at every turn. The original home had three bedrooms and was a 2000 square foot single story. “There wasn’t a view of the water except from the living room and master bedroom,” said Kim. Previously, in the entry, there was an atrium in the floor and walls divided the living space blocking the bay view through the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Walls were taken down, the atrium was removed, and a second story was added under the direction and design of local architect, John Wright. Wright facilitated the transformation of the home and added 1400 square feet. Now when you enter the front door, you have an unobstructed view of water and sky.
Kim’s father, Bill Soltis, was “green” before his time and purchased land in Costa Rica and donated land and a building to create the Texas A&M Soltis Center in a rain forest in San Isidro. So to follow Soltis’ footsteps, another important priority was creating a green home.
The Hammers selected green materials; commercial porcelain tile, decking made out of recycled tires, and fixtures using LED blubs. They also selected mesquite, a regional wood, when possible, for elements such as the boards for the stairway and the second-story flooring.
Kitchen and Dining
The galley kitchen is designed for entertaining and a welcome haven for Kim’s passion for cooking. Kim had a catering business years ago, and her culinary skills are well known in Corpus Christi. A chef’s dream kitchen that boasts of a gas range, long counters, a walk-in panty and at Matt’s request, an ice-maker (it’s the good kind like Sonic Drive-in’s). Aris Designs made all the cabinetry in the home including the sleek, low profile cabinets in the kitchen. The sleek style is accented by Caesar stone counter tops and stainless steel appliances.
The space for dining holds a wood table crafted by Mark Love, a furniture designer in Wimberley. The table can seat up to 14 and is made from only three boards. Mark also created the table behind the couch in the den and two aqua chairs in the master bedroom.
Outside they resurfaced the pool and added decks. The covered areas extended from the living space and stairs lead to the pool and beach, just incase you want to kayak. There are three different levels overlooking the water.
If you are friends with Matt and Kim on Facebook you see that they relish the spectacular sunrises on the bay with their morning coffee on the deck. Daily Matt posts pictures of the water and the sky that are breathtaking; each day is different. “I like to be out early when the first light is coming up. The bay is calmer then and you can still see stars. From then it is a constantly changing canvas of sun and clouds,” shares Matt. “Pictures are nice but it so much better in person!”
Not only do Matt and Kim welcome friends for an annual New Year’s Eve party and many other family holiday events, they open their home for charities.
They hosted the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest fundraiser with 150 plus guests to support the charities’ efforts in Costa Rica. The Hammers held a party for the Presidents Club of TAMUCC. They have hosted the Art Museum of South Texas Collector’s Club, Literary Reading Series author’s party and several events for the Texas State Aquarium as well as numerous gatherings for their church, Parkway Presbyterian.
Because of their love for singer-songwriters, Matt and Kim enjoy hosting house concerts. Recently, up and coming local, Jake Ward, performed for Matt’s birthday. The next house concert will be in May with Austin based singer-songwriter, Darden Smith, performing.
Welcome home on the bay.