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“Building materials reflect the region. Limestone quarried near Albany, in West Texas, sets the rugged tone. The roof is galvanized metal, again in keeping with the style. Interior walls are a mix of stone and plaster finish, and floors are stone and wood. Beams, stained woodwork, and handwrought hardware add a relaxed feel.”
– Lynda Hallam, Southern Living

front exteriorDallas architect Steve Chambers wasn’t surprised when a client asked him to design a stone house, reminiscent of ranch houses near her childhood home in West Texas. “But,” says Steve, “a corner lot on a busy street in an urban area isn’t the wide-open sprawl of West Texas. We knew we would have to make adaptations.”

First, the residential architect and client decided what distinguishes a West Texas ranch house: a rambling design with strong horizontal lines and low walls. They specifically wanted wide front and rear porches and a central living space that would recall the early dogtrot (an open, covered porch between two wings).

foyer into diningTo work with the corner lot and the sprawling design, Steve incorporated the dogtrot as the one-story, central living area. The heart of the home, the living and family rooms work as one space or two, depending on the glass pocket doors. Front and rear galleries provide transition from outside and help circulation throughout the house.

Galleries link the central rooms and west and east wings. In keeping with the low, ranch style, Steve limited height to the two-story east wing, which shelters the home from a busy side street. Dining, kitchen, utility, and office spaces are on the lower level; bedrooms for children and guests are on the upper level.

livingBuilding materials reflect the region. Limestone quarried near Albany, in West Texas, sets the rugged tone. The roof is galvanized metal, again in keeping with the style. Interior walls are a mix of stone and plaster finish, and floors are stone and wood. Beams, stained woodwork, and handwrought hardware add a relaxed feel.

living into bedroomsThe owner worked with Dallas designer Rhonda Vaughn of David Corley Interior Design to blend family pieces, antiques, collected art, and Texas memorabilia. Fabrics and rugs add warmth.

award-smallWINNER: Steve Chambers, New Residence, Dallas, Texas

Southern Living Home Award

BY LINDA HALLAM

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