“We’d been eyeing the place for 20 years and always said we would live there one day,” says the owner of a house perched high on a bluff above Forth Worth. With the deal finally sealed, she and her husband quickly assembled a crack team to handle the remodel, starting with interior designer Joseph Minton, who had worked with the couple on two previous homes. “Joe knew the architect, Ralph Duesing, and Ralph had worked with builder Brad Deering, so we immediately formed a great group that already knew us and how we live,” she says.
The trio also shared the couple’s enthusiasm for the merits of the 1960s solid brick and flat-roof ranch. Duesing was delighted with the home’s structure: “It’s a modern house that was built well in the first place,” says the architect. And Minton, who collaborated with associate Paula Lowes on the project, appreciated the workable framework. “The house had a great layout, expansive rooms and all these wonderfully tall ceilings,” he recalls.
There was immediate accord on what did need to change, beginning with the removal of a balcony that ran the length of the back of the house, totally obscuring the 7-acre property’s all-encompassing vistas of the Trinity River Valley below. “There was also no usable outdoor entertaining spaces,” says Duesing, who received thumbs ups all around for his decision to cantilever a deck off the rear of the lower level of the house to remedy that shortcoming.
Interior Design - Joseph Minton and Paula Lowes, Joseph Minton, Inc.
Architecture - Ralph Duesing, Ralph Duesing Architect LLC
Home Builder - Brad Deering, Deering Construction, Inc.