This project was also in Fort Worth, in the Arlington Heights addition. This house was built as a full custom/spec by me. We did a complete demo of the existing structure, which at some point had been taken over by cats. And yes…the smell was indescribable. Although I had been a casual fan of Frank Lloyd Wright in the past, I did a much deeper dive into his design styles, (as well as researching energy efficient building techniques) for approximately 6 months before construction of this house. I had not realized how much influence he had over the Craftsman style of architecture I had always loved, and was so prevalent in this particular neighborhood…like many across the country built during the early part of the 20th century. I had also been a huge fan of the Stickley Bros., owning several antiques built to mimic their style of furniture, and to furnish the craftsman style houses prevalent of the day. ( Although I could never afford an authentic Stickley piece however!) The Stickley’s and Wright left indelible marks on design styles of almost everything from clothing, furniture, houses, office buildings, automobiles, etc.
At any rate, the pics say it all. I designed every aspect of the house, taking great care to respect the design style, while making it relevant for a modern family’s livability. (The estimated heating and cooling bills for this house were $86/mo) Classic tapered columns, river rock features and custom stained glass panels are just a few of the high-lights of this house. This house continues to be a personal favorite.