By Meda Kessler
AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour postponed until fall
Where inspiration and innovation meet, architects have a hand in the introductions.
Wondering if you can fit a grand master bath into a bungalow? Want a new look for an old home? Architects can make that happen. While in their dreams all projects involve unlimited budgets, idyllic locations and carte blanche, more often architects find themselves rising to the myriad challenges involved in making existing spaces better. Seeing the results of their labor makes us realize why working with a professional is important. The two-day AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour, May 16-17, offers open doors to five inspirational projects, from old-home renovations to well-conceived additions to new houses. — Meda Kessler
Lynn Flynn FW Architects, fwarchitects.com
The 11,000-square-foot single-story custom home sits on a 2-acre lot and offers a contemporary aesthetic inside and out. Features include a separate guest apartment, eight-car garage that also houses a boat, a great room and a game room with large steel-and-glass sliding doors that allow for easy flow from the home’s interior to the inviting pool and patio.
Marta Rozanich konstrukcio studio, konstrukciostudio.com
A 3,000-square-foot home that had undergone several renovations finally got a makeover that preserves some of its Craftsman elements but also creates unique but functional spaces for the homeowners. This includes a large kitchen with a lounge area. An expanded bath area and spacious closets are part of the master bedroom. In addition, a detached 495-square-foot casita built as temporary living quarters has design chops of its own.
Paul M. Dennehy Dennehy Architects, dennarch.com
The renovation and addition to this historic house allowed a couple to remain at an address they had called home for 40 years. Their daughter and her family moved into the original home, and the couple moved into a back cottage. The remodel made it more livable, allowing the parents the opportunity to age in place. The cottage now blends in with the existing house, as well as the historic neighborhood.
Jason Eggenburger and Steven Halliday 97w, studio97w.com
The homeowners wanted a functional house for a minimalist lifestyle. Built on an infill lot, the 1,711-square-foot design takes maximum advantage of every inch of space, be it the large kitchen or the second floor built around a central stairwell. Too, the home makes good use of the surrounding trees, with the bedroom suites framed by the branches. Exterior materials are durable and will patina with age.
Norman D. Ward Norman D. Ward Architect, normanwardarchitect.com
This 6,335-square-foot contemporary home focuses on the stunning hilltop views from its location above Eagle Mountain Lake. But careful consideration was taken also to position windows with regard to the path of the sun. The design of the pool-patio segues naturally from the home. Interesting details include the 25,000-gallon catchment system used to filter rainwater.
Marc Frame TexMod Architecture, texmodllc.com A 3,907-square-foot new build in Trophy Club is the home of the architect/homeowner, who also acted as the general contractor. The modern design-build project was to be a showcase for his new business and turned out to be an on-the-job lesson. Built on a steep grade studded with 36 trees, the house is designed to take advantage of the lot and the post oaks, as well as ideally accommodate the family of three.
AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour The Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts this self-guided two-day event showcasing residential projects by local architects. Noon-6 p.m. May 16-17. Tickets, $25 in advance, $30 the weekend of and $10 for individual homes; kids under10 get in free with an adult. Tickets are good for both days and are available at aiafwhomestour.eventbrite.com.