A custom take on a production house, the 1999 New American Home hit the mainstream with 3,858 square feet and a variety of ideas to bring style and convenience to the move-up family market. Combining an attractive stone and brick exterior with recessed garage doors set behind a colonnade that extended to the courtyard entry (a relative anomaly in Dallas), the house upped the ante of surburban curb appeal. Along the back, a two-story high porch, complete with dramatic timber columns, provided views from both levels to the rear yard and golf course beyond; the volume then settled to a human scale for a comfortable adjacent lanai, complete with an outdoor fireplace.
The diagonal floor plan was equally dramatic yet also smart; it was essentially a rectangle turned to the side, with only a few odd angles and an open floor plan to keep the construction budget in check. Inside the rotunda entry, housing a circular star, the main floor aligned the living and dining areas with the kitchen and nook, leaving the family room at the far end as a more private and casual retreat for the owners. The main-level master suite, meanwhile, had its own door from the entry courtyard and a coffee bar for convenience. A dedicated home office anchored that wing, complete with a private door from the colonnade to enable convenient client visits. A trio of secondary bedrooms and a bonus area—styled and marketed as a kids’ family room—occupied the upstairs.
Builder/Designer: Landstar Homes, Dallas; Architect: Dahlin Group Architects & Planners, San Ramon, Calif.; Interior Designer: Janet Lohman Interior Design, Los Angeles, and Michael Foster Design, New York.
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The kitchen employed a two-tone look for the cabinets, contrasting rich wood units around a deep-green island.