The client’s primary goal in the design of this new home was to downsize to a single level, low maintenance, high-efficiency home. The owners wanted two studies on separate sides of the home: one with a provision for a large library of books; the other for computer research and ample wall space for art. Site drainage was an issue. The family has interests in: Texas regional style; screen porches; gourmet cooking, indoors and outside; a hot tub that relates to a natural setting; cooled porches for entertaining; privacy in the backyard entertainment areas; natural, indigenous, low-maintenance landscaping; daylighting; relaxed, open plan for indoor entertaining, with the great room connected to kitchen; master bedroom on separate end of home from guest bedrooms and baths; storm shelter/wine cellar; natural, low-maintenance yard area for dogs; large carport; master bedroom looking out to privacy of outdoors at back and near the hot tub. These features were very important to this family. In addition, the landscape for this home has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a refuge for migratory animals and butterflies. To find out how to certify your own garden, go to the NWF website using this link.
Protection of the environment, provision of a habitat for migratory birds and butterflies, and conservation of the site’s natural resources were also important elements as we progressed through the design process. The garden was also chosen by the U.S. Garden Conservancy as one of America’s “Best Private Gardens” in Dallas, Texas. The Conservancy writes on their website, “This modern Texas garden is a model for sustainability in the urban environment. Through capture and re-use of natural rainfall, propagation of native plants and use of honest, appropriate materials, this garden succeeds in reducing its footprint on the environment. Bold, simple detailing and architectural approach to site design result in a variety of micro-environments, and the seamless integration of interior and exterior spaces.”