West Lake, Texas: Redefining Texas Living
Before the first shovelful of Texas soil was turned for this two-story, 9,000-square-foot home, my clients asked me to review and revise the blueprints and create a whole-house design. They wanted modern, clean lines, subtle references to the Lone Star State and a comfortable, luxurious feel that suits their upscale-casual lifestyle. These empty-nesters have two grown children and four grandchildren, and they love to entertain. They appreciate art and authentic materials, especially if they have historic value. Because the home is so spacious, and has 12-foot ceilings, one of my primary goals was to make it feel more intimate, warm and welcoming. I am passionate about repurposing materials and using sustainable materials, so I selected renewable Red Grandis wood for the kitchen cabinetry, millwork and table and I used repurposed French farm house wood for flooring throughout most of the home. I also lined the fire box walls in the master bedroom with repurposed French bricks. Energy efficiency is another one of my goals. I installed LED lighting wherever possible, and I lowered the master bath shower ceiling from 12 to 10 feet, which makes the steam option more energy efficient. In every project I do, I feel it is important to incorporate family treasures into the design. For these clients I reframed existing art pieces to update and reuse them. The wife’s cow bell collection became a wall installation in the second floor hallway and I reused the wife’s childhood desk. Another primary goal for each of my projects is to focus on details that make a home unique, memorable, well-organized and functional.