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Guernsey Lane // Welch Architecture

The site of this home is a tranquil creek lot in North Dallas with mature bois d’arcs, black walnuts and various oaks, gently slopes to Bachman Creek to the south. The new, low-scaled, house; situated between an original Frank Lloyd Wright home and one from a disciple of Wright, fits in the neighborhood nicely with native Texas limestone and concrete serving as a base, and large masonry fireplace structures anchoring the home to the site.  Large expanses of glass offer views of the creek and the rear yard while catching filtered morning light from the east.  Deep, cantilevered overhangs protect the interiors from the south and west.  Warm materials like ribbed mahogany, corten steel and honed gray Leuders limestone welcome those that approach the home from the street. While there is much use of glass and steel, overall the minimal fenestration to the south and west, combined with a tight building envelope, and the geothermal HVAC system make the home extremely energy efficient. In the end, once the landscaping reestablishes the hillside, the home will feel as if it grew directly from the site.


ARCHITECT | Welch Architecture


ARCHITECTURAL TEAM | Clifford Welch, AIA, Paul Vetter, AIA, Dean Bowman, Will Erickson

GENERAL CONTRACTOR | Greg Bender Custom Homes, Inc.

INTERIOR DESIGNER | Patty Echols Design Services

STRUCTURAL DESIGN | Element Engineering

LANDSCAPE DESIGN | HTA Landscape Architecture

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT | Dan Piassick Photography




Riddell Plumbing - Plumbing Installer
Il Granito - Countertops
Greg Bender Custom Homes, Inc. - General Contractor
TKO Associates, Inc - Hardware
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