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 that provided for a library; the other for computer research and ample wall space for art. Site drainage was a challenge. Dallas residential architect, Steve Chambers, took these challenges into account when designing this modern green home with its emphasis on water conservation.
The family has interests in: Texas regional style; screen porches; gourmet cooking, indoors and outside; spa that relates to a natural setting; cool porches for entertaining; privacy in the backyard entertainment areas; natural-looking, 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 garage; master bedroom with a private view of the outdoors and the hot tub. These features were very important to this family, as well as the maintenance of the site for a National Wildlife Federation Habitat. 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,” a bold collaboration among the client, Dallas residential Steve Chambers, landscape architect Shane Garthoff, annd contractor Bordeaux Custom Homes.