BLISSFUL HOM: Caruth Home, located in the University Park area of Dallas

Texas was re-created from a century-old design aesthetic to a spacious comfortable home by a general contractor, Kevin Key, Key Residential. The interior designing part was successfully handled by Becci Meier, Architectural Design Services. The landscape designing was performed by Jason Osterberger Designs. Defining the concept of Defiremodelingning the concept of dates, “We view home remodeling as the transformation of a space, not just the physical characteristics and aesthetics, but the functionality and experience of our clients within the space as well. At Key Residential, we strive to create homes that are comfortable and warm, enhancing the liveability for years to come. We pride ourselves on the development of close personal relationships with each client and our trusted trade partners, resulting in a thorough realization of our clients’ dreams. For us, it’s a partnership.”

The University Park whole home renovation included total interior renovation,
landscaping, the addition of a 135 sq ft sunroom and conversion of a third garage bay into a pool cabana with outdoor kitchen and entertainment area. The home, originally built in the 1980s was carefully constructed with the purpose of re-creating an eclectic curated look as if the individual items were collected and pieced together over decades.

The recreation process
Jason Osterberger, the landscape designer added a few plants in the front yard; Loquat- showy small scale tree to the left off the front porch, Texas Mountain Laurel at the right, Coral Bark Maple –winter showy tree with red branching and the Little Gem Magnolias line was planted on both the sides of garden. A custom fountain made with a Louisiana sugar kettle revolves around the existing red oak tree in front of the house. The tree marks the start of a dry creek bed, which Key turned into a walkway from the street to the home’s front door. The existing Austin stone portions over the windows were replaced with real wood beams. The rear exterior is lit with Gooseneck lighting. The walls are made of Austin stone and Pennsylvania Bluestone is used extensively on the pavers around the pool. The rear exteriors are planted with Japanese yews, Pistachio – behind the spa, Blue Atlas Cedar – focal tree along the back fence line, Lacebark Elm – to the right of the wall planters.

The barn woods for flooring and custom tinted plaster wall finish adds a marvelous feel to the interiors of this rustic home. In the home office area, the existing oak wood coffered ceiling is treated with custom paint to give a distressed look. Eco-friendly plaster is applied on one wall at a time to prevent drying out and achieve the desired texture and perfect color blending. The living room, downstairs, is designed with old doors and stained glass windows, found by the homeowner while antiquing. Key, lightened up this space with a blue pine ceiling with non- structural faux, made of real wood. A Sunroom is added as an extension to the existing living room. The room is designed with large low-E windows on 3 sides. A multi-fold door opens the sunroom to outdoor patio dining.

The designer turned a third of the home’s attached garage into a poolside cabana outback. Wavy cedar siding gave the cabana the lively look the homeowner wanted. The Pool Cabana features a functional kitchen designed with cabinets made of rustic red oak added with a custom paint treatment for a rough and worn look. The custom table is crafted in a way that it can be used either as a casual dining table or a family project work table when needed. The chandelier over the table, reinforce the style. A retro refrigerator and a freestanding sink basin with vintage metal legs result in a warm experience in this space.

The master bedroom has raised vaulted ceilings with structural beam support. Coronado stone facade surrounds the B –vent fireplace in this room. Salvaged flea market doors lead from the bedroom into the master bathroom. The walls of the master suite are built with circle sawn wood with paint finish. The ceiling is made of structural solid rough beams that were distressed prior to installation and is finished with paint to intensify the rough look. A custom soapstone vanity top complements the farmhouse sink’s rustic feel. The homeowner found the refinished antique tub at a local reclaimed-fixture shop. A salvaged stained glass window next to the tub was distressed, framed and mounted into the wall separating the tub area from the lavatory behind, resulting into a kind of art.

It took a span of 8-9 months from the start of construction to majority completion allowing the homeowners to completely move in, with the small additional item (powder bath, a playhouse for the grandkids, etc) added to the original scope continuing into the following months.

The biggest challenge throughout this the project was the level of communication required to achieve the desired eclectic design and successfully execute I throughout each space. This challenge was compounded by the homeowners generally being out of town at the second home in Florida and working with an Interior Designer based in Georgia. As a result, the project required constant communication and collaboration between homeowner, designer, remodeler and trade partners to achieve the desired end result. This partnership sparked a creative exploration of building materials and finishing techniques, such as the eco-friendly plaster wall covering which had to be applied only one wall at a time and mixed to ensure color consistency for each application.

The homeowner also requested many vintages, antique, or salvaged materials, hardware, windows and doors, electrical and plumbing fixtures, and decorative accents to be integrated, to achieve the look and feel of something old while allowing for the conveniences and comfort of modern technologies. Explaining further, Kevin Key adds “The use of antiques and repurposed materials made for a very difficult estimation of the initial scope of work and added to scheduling challenges, as we were often unable to determine how and to what degree items needed to be retrofitted, reframed, and sized to accommodate modern electrical, framing and mechanical standards until they were actually delivered onsite. Custom-built cabinets were hand-finished to replicate the natural patina of their antique counterparts a process developed of trial and error utilizing multiple techniques and applications of stain, paint, hand-scraping, distressing and finishing.”

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