Turtle Creek Court/Fort Worth, TX
Creating a Dream Home
It is no secret that the Fort Worth real estate market has exploded in a big way. With soaring home prices on the horizon, some savvy Fort Worth residents are choosing to re-create their dream homes right where they are. What does this process entail? For my clients at Turtle Creek Court, it was 8 weeks of architectural and design planning, followed by a 4 month full remodel of their 4,500 square foot home. With 4 months to fully remodel and furnish a home, our team was up to the challenge!
When I first visited the home, I noticed the windows receive a lot of natural light throughout the day, and I wanted to capitalize on that. I worked with architect Andrew Garvett in order to devise a plan that would open up the house. This meant major structural changes to the home. We removed the wall that separated the foyer from the living room, and we took down the wall between the living room and the kitchen. We added structural engineered beams to support the ceiling where the walls once were. Our team installed additional beams in the living room to create an intentional repeat effect in the ceiling.
Designing for a busy family of 5 with 2 dogs, we felt the need to recreate the spaces in a way that made sense for the the way they live. Families are always evolving, and soon the kids will be off to college. I wanted to deliver a design that will function just as well 10 years from now when the kids have graduated, and it's just mom and dad at home.
The new open floorpan is perfect for parties and family nights. My goal was to make the home feel light and warm, but grounded in natural elements. We opted for white walls throughout the main areas, while the trim and woodwork are Sherwin-Williams "Shitake". The hardwood floors are distressed European Oak.
I was excited by the idea of using light and dark values throughout the home. In the kitchen you find white walls with mushroom trim, but the island and pendants are dark bronze, and the doorknobs and hinges throughout the house are matte black.
On a project like this, when you remove a wall and open up the kitchen, you really have to take the surrounding spaces into consideration. Everything should be cohesive, and there should not be a definitive mark between what is new and what was existing. All that to say that your remodel shouldn't look like a remodel. It's kind of like me with pizza- once I start, I don't stop until its gone.
When it came to furnishing the home, the parameters were few: Make it beautiful, and make it comfortable. I sourced furniture and window treatments that were cozy but also sophisticated and "grown up". Something I tell my clients, is that their existing furniture will almost never work in the new remodel. Unless everything you own is neutral and very timeless, undergoing a full home remodel and repurposing the old furniture is like buying a couture gown and wearing a baseball cap and converse to the gala. It doesn't work.
Projects like these are special and emotional, they require a lot of time, resources, and human energy to manifest. When you are communicating with your clients daily and making decisions on their behalf, they become like family. It is not always easy to walk away from that, but when I see the smiles on people's faces, I know they will cherish their homes for a long time, and that is an inexplicable feeling.