Best Whole Home Architecture

Home Design Awards 2018


Urban Lake House

Lake life takes on a whole new meaning — and some serious style — when it comes to this striking structure created by Demesne, an architectural and interior design firm based in Dallas and Aspen, Colorado. “The simple volumes of this urban lake house give a nod to the existing 1940s weekend cottages and farmhouses contained in the mature neighborhood on White Rock Lake,” Jamie Olsen Ali, managing partner of the Dallas office, says. The home is as fascinating as it is stunning, incorporating modern materials like concrete, steel and cable — used to support the porch overhang as well as the stairs guardrailing — and a standing seam metal roof. “At the time the project was designed, the use of steel was beginning to emerge as an exterior and interior finish,” adds Jamie. “We were lucky to have a contractor who could expertly pull off the use of steel and metal as finished surfaces, exposed structure and cladding.” Endless windows fill the home with an abundance of natural light, but the pièces de résistance are the clear views of White Rock Lake and breathtaking sunsets. “I love the entry as it is both a transparent link and also the connecting element to all spaces in the house,” Jamie says. “It frames the view of the lake as you enter the house, setting the scene for the experience.”


Farmhouse Sleek
Southworth Construction

This gorgeous home takes the modern farmhouse aesthetic to a whole new level, with stunning details and refined design components. Created by Fort Worth-based builder Southworth Construction, the home demonstrates no shortage of texture and satisfying neutrals. “This Southwest modern farmhouse uses extensive Austin white limestone, along with traditional board and batten siding and steep pitched roofs to define a simple and elegant form,” says Southworth owner South Cole, who collaborated with design architect Brad Naeher and landscape architect Fowlkes, Norman & Associates to perfectly define the project. “Modern detailing, including laser-cut corten house numbers and steel cantilever canopies, complements the timeless heavy timber-framed structure and farmhouse form.” Featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home was designed for a family that had both their children and grandchildren in mind. Communal gathering areas like the great room provide ample space for everyone without feeling overcrowded. All the natural light flooding in highlights interior details like the wood trusses throughout the vaulted ceiling in the great room and the elegant tilework in the master bathroom — complete with a chandelier over the tub! South also transformed an attic space into a studio area with a second-level patio, which serves as fun space that suits everyone from the grandkids to the grandparents.


Rebecca Boles, AIA, RID

Currently the assistant dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at The University of Texas at Arlington, Rebecca Boles’ involvement in the program extends two decades, where she also serves as a studio instructor. Her previous teaching posts include stints at TCU, Carnegie Mellon University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed 14 years of architectural experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Kohn Pederson Fox Interiors, Cossuta and Associates and Morrison Seifert. Rebecca maintains an active role in the Texas Society of Architects and received an American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter Merit Award in 2003.

Grace Mitchell

Creator and writer of design and DIY blog, A Storied Style, which often chronicles the renovation of her and her family’s 1919 foursquare home, Grace Mitchell’s love for design has grown from a passion to a career. She has since taken on numerous interior design projects for clients and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and has created designs for several major brands, including Home Depot, Pottery Barn Kids and House Beautiful magazine.  

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the University of North Texas, Lisa Teakell spent over 12 years as an interior designer at local mainstay Joseph Minton. She has since become an entrepreneur, going solo and opening her own interior design business, Lisa Teakell Design, LLC. Steering away from a one-size-fits-all approach, Lisa works in numerous styles and excels at effective communication with homeowners to achieve desired results. Lisa is the incoming chair of the American Society of Interior Designers Fort Worth Design Community.