When an architect at one of the world’s largest firms wants to build his dream empty nest house, who does he call? In this case, it’s the jack-of-all-trades design man and fellow Texan Chad Dorsey. The client and his wife previously lived in his two-story Colonial home, which had a more traditional closed floor plan, but are now living in his one-story home, which has a more open, modern feel. I was looking for it. In addition to designing and constructing the exterior of the house, Dorsey was also hired to create the interior of the house, eventually filling almost every space with custom pieces. Needless to say, it was a big undertaking.
“The first thing we did was fit the architecture into the site and program it the way we wanted it, to capture the view from the house and get the right amount of light into the space,” says Dorsey. “It was a vacant lot on a very narrow lot on this perfect little street in Turtle Creek. We had two bedrooms upstairs so everything would fit on his one level. We wanted to maximize our footprint.”
Dorsey spoke about her husband’s unique upbringing on St. Croix and, in particular, his unforgettable experience interning for exterior design at A. Hayes Town, the grandfather of southern architecture in Louisiana. Dorsey capitalized on Towne’s affinity for elements such as slate roofs, high ceilings, the use of cypress and reclaimed brick, walls of large windows, and landscaped courtyards. All of these are synonymous with classic Louisiana home design thanks to their legendary homes. Influence of architects.
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However, this home is much different from the typical Southern ornate mansion. Dorsey approached the exterior with a fresh, modern lens, relying on clean lines, sleek oriel windows, and a no-frills design that allows the striking materials to speak for themselves.
“We wanted to use this reclaimed brick that I found to create a collection of small buildings that tie everything back to Louisiana,” Dorsey says. “The steeply pitched roofs are similar to those found in the Caribbean, and the view of the courtyard entrance is very similar to many New Orleans homes. As soon as you walk inside, you get a sense of space, everything is connected to the courtyard. It surrounds.”
While the home is intended to be a low-maintenance home for newly minted empty nesters, Dorsey said the home’s size provides a perfect layout for entertaining. However, it states that it is possible to live in a larger area than it actually is. Guests can sit in the family room and enjoy views of the courtyard while chatting with the owners in the kitchen, creating a balance between privacy and openness.
“This home has a classic feel that feels like it was simply renovated and opened,” says Dorsey.
Dorsey’s material-focused, Caribbean-meets-Louisiana inspiration is reflected in the interiors, with the home featuring stunning cypress vaulted ceilings, understated yet elegant floors, and beautiful plaster walls. , they say it’s perfect for displaying the couple’s art collection. It helped drive the design.
“Whether we only do interiors or only architecture, the spaces are most important to us, and the furniture comes after they are refined, because the furniture should not overwhelm the architecture. ” says Dorsey. “I wanted everything in the house to feel like it was collected over time, rather than being bought all at once. That’s my style, and I wanted things in the house to feel like they were collected over time, rather than being bought all at once. We were able to incorporate it.”
My favorite space in the designer’s home is the combined living/dining space, which is very impactful in terms of scale and perfectly represents all the elements that inspired the design of the home. he says.
A traditional chandelier above the dining table, often found in traditional Southern homes, lends a bit of whimsy in contrast to more sophisticated contemporary pieces. Additionally, the artwork used throughout is imbued with warmth and meaning that will make the owner feel at home. new residence.
The courtyard is displayed in almost every room of the house and feels like a work of art in itself. Mr. Dorsey credits his group’s landscape architect, Mary Ellen Cowan, with Mesa Design for its elegant simplicity and richness.
Cowan’s design philosophy ties in seamlessly with Dorsey’s in its use of mixed materials and restraint to create luxurious yet understated spaces for owners to enjoy the Texas sun and cool off.
“A project doesn’t have to be huge to be a dream, but this was truly a dream project,” Dorsey says.
“The client and I were on the same page every step of the way. I was nervous about having another architect design my home, but they trusted me with the creative direction and really helped guide the process. It made it fun.”
What began as a vision for the couple’s next chapter as an empty nester has been filled with artifacts from the past, from architecture that reflects the husband’s childhood and early career to artwork and artifacts from family, friends, and former colleagues. transformed into a relic. Throughout. What could be more appealing than a space that highlights cherished memories from the past while providing a cool, contemporary backdrop for your family’s future?
Lauren Wicks is a freelance writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. Before Lauren became independent, VERANDA, eat well, and cooking lightWe cover all aspects of lifestyle, from interior design to luxury travel, wine and wellness.