Dream Home 2015

The Uni-Room: Multipurpose

The uni-room is a concept Atwood likes to incorporate into his designs. He estimates he’s built 40 homes since he went out on his own - 90 percent built for a client, 10 percent spec.

The 2015 Dream Home includes multiple uni-rooms.

Besides the family-dining-kitchen great room and the multi-use “man cave” game room, bar and TV lounge, Atwood built a utility room that doubles as a mud room and craft room with lockers and opens into a garage.

As in other rooms in new homes, today’s buyers want multiple uses incorporated into their man caves, Atwood says.

“We’re not doing strictly media rooms anymore,” he said. “They want a pool table in the game room, or they want it right off the pool, or they want to be able to drink and hang out.”

The Dream Home logically has three dining areas inside. The white, leathered Taj Mahal quartzite island countertop in the kitchen includes a sink on one side and a breakfast bar on the other. The space between the kitchen and living area sets up well for informal dining. And for formal occasions, a formal dining area sits next to the entry.

“They’re really going to live right here at the bar,” Atwood said in a recent interview at the Dream Home. “All my guests eat at the bar.”

The covered patio is its own uni-room. The kitchen includes a gas and teppanyaki grills, the latter being one of the few changes to Atwood’s plan ordered up by the new owner. It also includes spaces for a patio set and lounge in front of the gas fireplace, which Atwood set up with a Texas Bonfire gas logset. Atwood wired the room for TV and speakers. The retractable screens drop the room’s temperature about 20 degrees, he said. The ceiling is cedar.

Operation of the pool is designed for ease, with a remote control working all functions of the hot tub and pool, including the fountains and lights. The linear fire boxes are manually operated only, for safety.



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2015 Fort Worth, Texas Dream Home
1100 Lake Carillon Lane, Southlake, 76092
Benefiting: A Wish with Wings

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