A Light-Filled, Nature-Inspired House in Dallas

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June 25, 2014
A chance encounter led a Dallas couple to a neighborhood where nature is prized as much as design, and houses are built to make the most of both. Read Full Article
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  Architect Max Levy designed a home in Dallas for Deborah Orrill and Blair Sanders using small but mighty design details, like a “martini deck” tucked atop the cylindrical entry, which is clad in raw, galvanized sheet metal.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Architect Max Levy designed a home in Dallas for Deborah Orrill and Blair Sanders using small but mighty design details, like a “martini deck” tucked atop the cylindrical entry, which is clad in raw, galvanized sheet metal.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Big windows need massive supports that are hard to disguise. To get unobstructed views, Levy did away with the beams, opting instead to use laminated veneer lumber studs to hold the windows in place. The Poltrona Frau sofas date from the 1980s, and the cane-chrome armchairs are from Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Big windows need massive supports that are hard to disguise. To get unobstructed views, Levy did away with the beams, opting instead to use laminated veneer lumber studs to hold the windows in place. The Poltrona Frau sofas date from the 1980s, and the cane-chrome armchairs are from Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Built-in bookshelves in the living room hold Sanders’s vinyl collection.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Built-in bookshelves in the living room hold Sanders’s vinyl collection.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Orrill, a culinary professional, used Ikea’s kitchen planning software to plot out cabinetry and appliance placement (above). Levy split the 30-foot-long space into a private back kitchen, with an oven and staging area, and a public cooking station with a white laminate countertop—a maneuver that means guests in the adjacent dining area never see the messy stuff.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Orrill, a culinary professional, used Ikea’s kitchen planning software to plot out cabinetry and appliance placement (above). Levy split the 30-foot-long space into a private back kitchen, with an oven and staging area, and a public cooking station with a white laminate countertop—a maneuver that means guests in the adjacent dining area never see the messy stuff.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Jason David Smith, a young architect working for Levy at the time, made birdhouses for local screech owls and purple martins.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Jason David Smith, a young architect working for Levy at the time, made birdhouses for local screech owls and purple martins.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  The play of shadows on the iconic shape, as well as on the shapes of the house numbers, is a Levy trademark.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    The play of shadows on the iconic shape, as well as on the shapes of the house numbers, is a Levy trademark.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  “One of the things Max insisted on,” Sanders says, “was that we have views of our own house. That’s why all the sides of the house are different.” Some are stucco, others are metal-clad, and ipe latticework encloses one end of the garage.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    “One of the things Max insisted on,” Sanders says, “was that we have views of our own house. That’s why all the sides of the house are different.” Some are stucco, others are metal-clad, and ipe latticework encloses one end of the garage.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Orrill wanted the kitchen to be command central for entertaining, so everything is kept inside minimalist cabinetry—except for the copper pots and pans hanging on the back wall, painted in Pale Water by ICI Dulux Paint. The refrigerator is by Jenn-Air and the faucet is American Standard.  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Orrill wanted the kitchen to be command central for entertaining, so everything is kept inside minimalist cabinetry—except for the copper pots and pans hanging on the back wall, painted in Pale Water by ICI Dulux Paint. The refrigerator is by Jenn-Air and the faucet is American Standard.

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  Vanguard Way Floor Plan:  

A	Entrance
B	Living Room
C	Kitchen-Dining Area
D	Half Bathroom
E	Utility Room
F	Garage
G	Bedroom
H	Bathroom
I	Master Bedroom
J	Deck  Photo by: Caren Alpert
    Vanguard Way Floor Plan: A Entrance B Living Room C Kitchen-Dining Area D Half Bathroom E Utility Room F Garage G Bedroom H Bathroom I Master Bedroom J Deck

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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