The homeowners wanted a more contemporary house but not necessarily an extremely modern one,” says architect David Stocker of the transitional-style abode he designed for a young family in the Bluffview neighborhood of Dallas. “We used traditional forms and materials, but reinterpreted them in a fresh way.”
But before breaking ground, Stocker had to determine the optimal orientation for the angular C-shaped
house conceived around an inner courtyard. Its overall design incorporated a lot of glass, so avoiding
direct sunlight was a priority.
The resulting north-oriented inner spine of the C-shaped configuration is a 53-foot-long glass gallery
running parallel to the courtyard. From the gallery, case openings flow into the public rooms—foyer, dining and living—which all front the home’s south-facing street side. The floor-to-ceiling windowed gallery also connects the private wing, with its master suite, to the family wing, with its kitchen and family room. “Circulation is often buried in a traditional hallway,” says Stocker. “Here, it’s part of the experience. The gallery isn’t just to get from A to B, but to walk along the edge of this pretty courtyard.”
Architecture - David Stocker, AIA, Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects
Interior Design - Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Dee Dee Hoak, Tripplehorn Hoak Interiors
Home Builder - Brad Ellerman, Ellerman Homes, Inc.
Landscape Architecture - Bill Bauer, ASLA, The Garden Design Studio