This house sits on a corner lot overlooking White Rock Lake in Dallas. The owners had been living in a former rental property on the site and loved the lot so much that they decided to tear down their existing house to build a new house that made better use of the incredible site and matched their lifestyle…while designing to a very tight budget. The owners were familiar with my TerraPrint development home and we decided to take one of the TerraPrint Prototypes and modify it for their lot.
Given the proximity to the lake, the owners wanted something that had a hint of New England seacoast…while still appearing contemporary. The solution was to create clean, simple volumes with large windows, while shading the windows against the Texas sun…and projecting a large covered porch out toward the lake for three-season use. The ensemble was then clad in shake shingles and the windows trimmed with boards that are wider than traditional trim.
Because of access to the side street and an existing alley, we were able to pull the garage away from the lake and connect it to a house with a covered breezeway. This pulled the cars away from the view and at the same time, created a cloistered back yard which is shaded with large trees. A porch on the back mirrors the porch on the front…allowing for additional space for relaxation and entertaining while remaining more private than the front porch.