PV14 House is located across the street from White Rock Park in Dallas, Texas. A modern house filled with unique details, M Gooden Design incorporated steel modules, Parallel Strand Beams, polished concrete floors, Stack bonded CMU masonry veneer at ground level and a modular brick masonry veneer tower that creates a vertical division between the outdoor porte-cochere and the indoor entertainment zone – it also holds the stairwell to the main living areas on the second floor.
The architect’s main goal was to design a home that responded to the elevated site and the amazing views. They did this by designing the structure with a long axis that follows the city street grid and orienting it to take advantage of the views across the White Rock Lake – only 1,000ft further to the Southwest.
The man living areas are elevated to both take advantage of the views and to reduce the sounds of the street below.
While the views from the social zone are pretty amazing, they simply don’t compare to the unobstructed panoramic vistas from the roof top deck.
Views aside, the roof deck serves as a solar screen to the insulated single-ply membrane roof below, reducing energy costs and extending the life of the roof.
Large overhangs and covered terraces shade the interior while still allowing natural daylight to permeate the interior zones thereby reducing energy costs even more.
PV14 House is a 3 bedroom + den home with 3.5 bathrooms. The 2-car garage and large storage room are located on the side of the home opposite the porte-cochere.
A concrete slab walkway passes through a caged stacked stone fence and leads to the main entrance positioned within the masonry column that divides the ground level entertainment area and the porte-cochere.
The home’s swimming pool is located in the backyard just next to the porte-cochere.
The swimming pool is placed on a grid that lines up with the masonry column – only on the backyard side, the column is mostly glass.
Open to both the back and front yards, the porte-cochere also has a door that leads to the foyer.
The porte-cochere doorway opens up beneath the steel stairwell within the tower foyer.
At the far end of the foyer glass doors lead out to the pool area.
The foyer runs the length of the tower and is only separated from the entertainment area by 2 columns – it also features a bridge that connects the two sides of the second story.
The ground level entertainment zone consists of a sitting area overlooking the backyard, a media room in the center and a small kitchen area overlooking the front yard with views to the dry stacked stone wall.
A doorway off of the kitchen leads into the garage.
A bold yellow wall connects all three zones.
Not ones to fear color, a eye popping fuchsia couch is the focal point of the media room.
In contrast, the sitting room is a composition of neutrals – with the exception of that fiercely yellow wall.
A door off of the sitting room leads to a hall with a washroom on the left, the HVAC room on the right and the large storage room straight ahead.
As beautiful as this entertaining area is, the main living area is upstairs on the 2nd storey.
The steel stairwell leads up to a bridged landing but this is not the only bridge to cross the tower, a second one bridges the gap near the back of the home as well.
The bridged landing leads directly to the social zone with the dining room overlooking the backyard and the living room overlooking the front.
As with the downstairs, the design of the home celebrates its primary architectural construction by exposing the steel structure, pre-manufactured steel modules and glass.
The kitchen is behind the living room with a hallway to the master bedroom on the side overlooking the front of the house – and the lake views, while on the other side a bathroom off of a hallway leads to bedroom #2.
A large walk-in pantry creates a separation from the bathroom and the working station within the kitchen.
The aesthetic is both industrial and artsy.
The terraces on both the front and the back are large covered areas to help shade the home from the sun’s heat aided by the high performance glazing systems.
All three bedroom open up to the terraces, two at the front on either side of the structure and one at the back. All three bedrooms also feature that same vibrant yellow hue on their headboard walls.
The ensuite to the master bedroom takes on a Zen aesthetic with its warm and cozy marble wall and floor, but here too the industrial theme is the main focus.
Bedroom #3 also faces out to the front yard and also has its own private ensuite complete with double vanities.
Bedroom #2 is down the hall from the dining room and its bathroom is in the hallway next to the kitchen’s pantry.
The stairwell that leads to the rooftop deck is next to bedroom #3.
Before arriving at the roof deck the stairwell opens up to a hall that leads either out to the deck or to a small sitting area overlooking the front yard.
This sitting area is the perfect spot for quiet contemplation.
Then again, the roof deck is also a great place for deep thoughts.
Its also a great place to enjoy the sun disappearing over the horizon.
M Gooden Design
Photography by Wade Griffith Photography and Kurt Griesbach Photography