The program’s final year in Dallas, and the first of a new century, showcased a variety of innovative spaces and products for an increasingly common market niche of blended families. It also focused even more than its recent predecessors on technology to enable the entire family to access the latest telecommunications options.
The project team took advantage of a rear alley to hide the garage and angled it away from the street to further shield its impact and create a desirable sport court, to boot. Unencumbered by garage doors, the brick-and-stucco front façade included creative touches, namely a generous and inviting circular courtyard with an entry for the home office and a stacked covered porch, itself with direct access to the eating nook and kitchen. The courtyard theme was repeated in the back, where a deep veranda opened to a pool court, complete with a flush-mounted TV and a cooking center, to provide luxurious and private outdoor living within a fairly tight lot.
In addition to an extensive structured wiring scheme that put Internet and cable access at every outlet, the house used its 4,495-square-foot plan to introduce new rooms and uses to the industry. The family room became the Leisure Room, topped by a U-shaped library loft; an upstairs bonus room was labeled the Imagination Room, with a snack bar featuring refrigerated drawers; an Internet Alcove snuck into the upstairs plan, as did an Energy Room and Wiring Closet to provide full access to the home’s myriad mechanical systems. A full garden suite sat over the two-car garage, while the third garage bay, across the sport court and helping enclose the interior courtyard, doubled as a party room. Finally, the house dared to use a wider mix of exterior materials, combining brick, stone, stucco, and wood in proper proportion and scale. Other innovations included a new quartz-based countertop material, the next generation of synthetic solid surfaces, as well as a grooved insulation board behind the stucco to mitigate moisture intrusion problems.
Builder/Designer: Custom Homes Group, Dallas; Architect: The Evans Group, Orlando, Fla.; Interior Designer: Susan Orlie Designs, Arlington, Tex.; Electronic Systems Architect: Integrated Electronic Designs, Dallas.
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The house employed an electronics systems integrator to design and coordinate its extensive structured wiring scheme.