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A Texas Home Rooted in Tradition

Classic forms rendered without ornamentation work with natural materials to gracefully connect past and present in a new Texas home.

Written by Jennifer Kopf
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    The architectural viewpoint of this Dallas home is clear from its exterior: A brick foundation speaks to traditional-inspired roots, but a coat of white paint, straightforward limestone headers, and steel-frame doors and windows put a modern spin on the finish.

    Exposed wood rafters, a standing-seam metal roof, and a spacious front porch reflect the influence of the renowned late Southern architect A. Hays Town.

    Photography: Nathan Schroder
    Produced by Donna Talley

    Architect: Mark Hoesterey, Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, 4514 Travis St., Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75205; 214/252-3830;
    Interior designer: Leslie Pemberton, formerly with Tatum Brown Custom Homes, now with Pemberton Interiors, 10100 N. Central Expwy., Suite 165, Dallas, TX 75231; 214/549-3435;
    Builder: Mark Danuser, Tatum Brown Custom Homes, 5924 Royal Ln., Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75230; 214/361-4877;
    Landscape architect: Archiverde Landscape Architecture, 6115 Owens St., #228, Dallas, TX, 75235; 214/920-9950;

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    Contemporary Entry

    “This house is classical and contemporary all at the same time,” says architect Mark Hoesterey, who worked on the project with builder Mark Danuser and interior designer Leslie Pemberton. “We wanted the house
    to be welcomed in its more traditional neighborhood while expressing the family’s need for a contemporary and open layout.”

    Stripped of ornamentation, traditional exterior elements, such as porch columns and cut limestone headers, feel contemporary. 

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    A C-shape floor plan—which frames most rooms with multiple walls of windows—floods living spaces with light, delivering the easy-breezy vibe the owners desired.

    Black steel staircase railings echo window silhouettes. 

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    Lovely Dining Room

    Divided-light panes reflect the couple’s Southern heritage and comfort with traditional design, but the slim profile and steel frames of the home’s windows and doors nod to their preference for keeping things simple.   

    A niche, right-sized for an antique sideboard, adds dimension to the dining room.

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    Living Room

    Throughout the house, steel-framed windows go all the way to the floor and have three large panes to resemble triple-hung windows, common in southern vernacular architecture.

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    Striking Hallway

    Crisp white walls, notable for their lack of ornate millwork, continue the home’s minimal aesthetic; floors, accent walls, and ceilings covered in natural materials such as Lueders limestone, Pennsylvania bluestone, and unstained tung-oiled wood, add rich dimension.

    A custom-stained fir plank wall greets guests in the entry. 

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    Warm Kitchen

    “We wanted clean lines, but we also wanted it to be a comfortable family home,” Hoesterey says. “The natural materials add inviting warmth, and the wood helps make tall spaces feel more intimate.”

    A freestanding sleeve of walnut adds heft and functionality to the kitchen’s quartz-topped island. During the week, it stacks on top of the marble to raise the counter to bar-table height, but come party time, the owners slide the piece out to accommodate buffet traffic. 

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    Kitchen Cabinets

    Walnut base cabinets in the kitchen are finished with tung oil to highlight the grain. 

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    Great Room

    The white walls serve another purpose—they highlight the owners’ modern art collection and let the couple play with accent color in a contemporary way. “Every room has a color that just pops and makes the room happier,” Pemberton says.

    A pared-down coffered ceiling provides textural interest in the great-room and visually lowers the 11-foot-tall ceiling, making the family’s main hangout space feel cozy.

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    Great Room

    Lofty ceiling heights lend elegant volume to the interiors, but the home’s footprint is not extravagant. An intimate study allows for conversation, while the spacious great-room opens up via 18-foot-wide retractable doors to a loggia for easy entertaining.

    A carved limestone mantel in the great-room adds patina but in streamlined form.

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    Outdoor Living

    Low-back sofas allow the eye to travel through the loggia’s seating area to the serene pool view. 

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    Master Bedroom

    The kitchen is generously sized for family gatherings, while a small terrace off the master bedroom adds a spot to sneak away for quiet time. “The owners use every bit of this house,” Pemberton says. “Indoors and out.”

    The lofty pitch of the master bedroom’s ceiling is warmed by dark-stain tongue-and-groove wood planks. 

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    Master Vanity

    Travertine flows over the walls and floors in the master bath for spa-like continuity, but it’s employed in a mix of patterns for interest’s sake. 

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    Soaking Tub

    Dourdan marble surrounds the tub and continues into the shower.

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    Cool Bathroom

    Penny round tiles in lavender and truffle feel girly but sophisticated for 16-year-old daughter, Libby. A pair of mirrored sconces floats on the tile wall for some added shimmer. 

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