Modern Whole House Remodel on Devonshire Drive

This single-story ranch house was originally constructed in 1949 in the prestigious Devonshire Estates neighborhood in Dallas. Our clients purchased it with a vision to transform it into a more modern style home. The house was remodeled in three phases.

Phase l

Included a 2-story addition, pool & landscape. The addition provided a much needed 2-car garage with storage, a mud room and 2-bedroom suites for their growing family. Key elements that the homeowners requested included a covered patio with a modern gas firepit and a balcony with a view of the pool and rear yard. A lighting designer was consulted to design the lighting to ensure the addition was properly lit for function as well as creating a dramatic nighttime visual effect. 

The open staircase leading to the second-floor bedrooms was the focal point of the interior “connector hub”.  The stair treads used were custom built utilizing 3’ thick laminated White Oak strips. Beautiful floor to ceiling Marvin picture windows creates a dramatic visual effect and allows an abundance of natural light and clear sightlines to the back yard. Both bathrooms have open walk-in showers with low barrier thresholds and non-slip tile to ensure adequate access and safety were properly addressed. The modern vanities were custom built using vertical grain Walnut with “Explosion White” Quartzite countertops.

Phase II

Included the front elevation makeover and renovation of the kitchen, living, dining and common areas of the house. We collaborated with the Architect that previously designed the rear addition to ensure it blended seamlessly. The original entry had a very low roof overhang that barely met building codes. Raising the entry porch to 10’ solved the height problem and created a visual break in the roof plane that was accentuated with a standing seam metal roof. A new transom window was added above the entry doors to allow more natural light into the entry foyer and match the scale of the higher ceiling.

Brick was removed beside the existing windows across the entire front elevation and horizontal narrow gap wood siding was added to the façade. The existing brick chimney was clad in stucco and a new custom metal chimney cap was added. The remaining brick was painted the same color as the stucco to add contrast and a cleaner visual appeal.

Phase lll

Goal for the interior renovation was to completely reconfigure the bedroom wing of the house to provide a modern master suite with ample natural light and views to the pool from the bedroom. The master bath and bedroom locations were reversed. The original closets were too small and inefficient for their needs, so a secondary bedroom was transformed into what was the master closet.

Raised ceilings with Clerestory windows make the newly renovated master suite feel larger and the windows flood the interior spaces with natural light. Large glass patio doors provide great views and access to the pool and outdoor entertainment areas. A customized closet system was designed & installed to provide better storage, organization, and an upscale retail look.

The project also included cosmetic updates to the kitchen and living area. A traditional side by side fireplace was transformed into a modern horizontal see-through fireplace. The kitchen received cosmetic updates with new quartz counters, raised butcher-block/island seating, painting, hardwood floors, cabinet modifications and updated lighting.

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