Maestri Studio had their work cut out for them with this project in Dallas’s Lakewood Conservation District. “The lot was challenging because it is a pie shape with two deep front yard setbacks since it is on a corner,” Eddie Maestri shares. “Also, we had to navigate the design around the Conservation District guidelines to create an architecturally styled home that blended with the others in the district.” His architecture and interior design firm was up for the job. “We took liberation with the interpretation, incorporating European and East Coast design cues for a unique look that still blended seamlessly with the neighborhood.”

The lot was a “rare virgin lot” in the district, overlooking the Lakewood Country Club golf course and driving range. His clients—Tony, a successful real estate developer, and wife Cathy—are raising their twelve-year-old grandson. “Their grandson is what drove the project, as the couple wanted to maximize as much yard space as possible, add in a small pool, and create a family home for him to play and grow in,” Eddie shares. 

Aesthetically, Eddie and his team took inspiration from the stately homes that line the district’s streets while still making it unique. “We pushed the boundaries as much as possible on the style interpretation, pulling from European and East Coast design cues,” he explains. “We utilized red brick on the exterior and a synthetic slate roof to blend the house in with the neighborhood.” The proportions of the windows, doors, and chimneys give the house a nostalgic feel, while the interior is light and bright with interesting millwork adding visual interest.

The result is a home the clients adore. “It has been an exciting first year at home on Country Club Circle,” Cathy shares. “The house has been used for numerous gatherings of friends and family. We love the open layout, and I love how Katie (Director of Interior Design at Maestri Studio), using inspiration from Hotel Emma in San Antonio, incorporated several wood and metal tones. The windows and views open daily to beautiful sunsets year-round and from upstairs, a view of downtown! We enjoy the beautiful cabinetry designed to create an intimate, warm home feeling. It has been a fun adventure! We love the design and the unique features that are both beautiful and functional.”

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