Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

Modern Dallas Family Home


An inviting home in Dallas makes the most of its wooded lot with an interior courtyard and plenty of windows.

Sometimes you have to let go of a good idea in order to pursue a great one. After several design studies for a remodel of a 1960s ranchburger-style home in Dallas, Texas, Braxton Werner and Paul Field of Wernerfield Architects convinced their clients to scrap the plan altogether. The original house was oddly situated on its one-acre wooded lot, and it didn’t engage well with a large pond at the back of the property. In its place, the architects proposed “a sprawling, single-story home tucking under the canopy of mature trees” near the water, Field explains. There would be less street noise, more privacy, and improved views—all in all, a better environment in which the husband and wife could raise their two young children. Their new 4,800-square-foot residence, built by David Gross Fine Homes, in the Preston Hollow neighborhood is warm and inviting, yet unapologetically modern.

The home's outer walls were dry-stacked with limestone cut from a Texas Granbury quarry, and its gabled roof was made...
The entry courtyard provides a natural extension to the living room.
For this project, the husband loved ultra-modern design, while the wife leaned towards a more traditional aesthetic.
Rice faced the same challenge of creating modern yet family-friendly interiors.
The family room boasts a Monza Triennale Floor Lamp by Gino Sarfatti and a Long John Bench by Edward Wormley, both from...
In the master bedroom, the textural appeal of the reclaimed wood wall, bedding, and rug contrasts with the black...
Privacy was important to the family, but they also wanted large expanses of glass through which to enjoy the trees and...
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