Far back on a lot in Preston Hollow is a house that appears to levitate above the earth. It is at once light, even ethereal, while also being unquestionably natural, solid, and unmovable.
The Sunnybrook residence was designed for owners who requested a clean, uncluttered plan with warmth and texture as rich as their Texas history. Because of the deep site setback, the structure appears to be suspended in and above the gently sloping lawn, which glides under and through the house.
Massive windows create a light, open interior and allow the eye to flow through the residence from the exterior, while the stacked stone and cut Leuders anchor the residence to its natural environment. Careful placement of the fireplace and adjustable louvers allow the owners to screen the private portions of the house from the street, while the clerestories allow light to fill the living spaces.
The effect of floating on the landscape is further enhanced by the way the pools in the front of the house flow under the residence, conceptually emerging as the pool in the rear yard, which then falls over the infinity edge and back down to the landscape.
The Sunnybrook residence is a modern, yet warm home, taking cues from the beautiful property it’s in partnership with. Vibrant splashes of jewel tones accent a predominantly neutral canvass, creating a light but colorful ambiance that is always conscious of its natural environment.
This natural environment—a wooded lot situated just above a creek—is almost always visible through the large windows across the back of the house, allowing sunlight to illuminate the interior and bring dwellers to nature’s doorstep. The layout, which is pulled apart into a campus of structures, helps to give shape to a variety of outdoor “rooms” appreciated from virtually every indoor space, and the “stretched out” and slender design of the home takes the greatest advantage of celebrating a natural dialogue with its surroundings.
Shadywood is first and foremost a celebration of natural light. The house is long, thin, and divided into wings, allowing visitors to stand at its front and see through to the backyard. A courtyard and gated entrance at the front ensure privacy, while still allowing for an incredible sunset glow to illuminate the interior toward the end of the day.
The interior uses traditional forms and materials as a canvas for modern décor, creating an overall transitional effect. A pool, tennis/basketball court, and pool house complete with a gym are featured in the back exterior.
Parkchester is perhaps most accurately described as traditional and warm. Comfortable in its own skin, it is a welcomed addition to an older, established neighborhood. The exterior is a medley of brick, clapboard siding, and shingles in various shades of weathered whites and greys. The interior maintains a simple but sophisticated pallet filled with natural light. It features predominantly white walls and coffered ceilings, while an eclectic assortment of furnishings and muted colors create a distinct sense of welcome.
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