Discover award-winning architect Max Levy’s respect for trees at this Greenway Parks home he designed
Award-winning Dallas architect Max Levy designed this Greenway Parks home with nature in mind. The 2017 construction challenge, he said, was to come up with a design that left plenty of space for the five oaks already present on the property.
“Respecting those trees also meant orchestrating the floor plan so that the views from the house could enjoy each tree,” Levy said via email.
The home at 5543 Drane Drive in Dallas measures 6,577 square feet with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a half bath. The modern design plays on the property’s natural elements, with large windows offering views of the surrounding trees and green spaces. Levy also focused on natural materials inside the house, with white oak floors and polished limestone throughout. One of the most unique elements of the house is a screened porch on the roof that sits in the canopy of the oak trees. The space is only accessible by an outside staircase, and Levy said it had a “meditative” feel – there’s an outdoor fireplace and custom-designed built-in candle holders.
A meditative oasis is a theme throughout the design, and Levy – referred to as “the Laureate of Dallas Architecture Poet” by critic Mark Lamster – included a series of fountains around the property to muffle the noise of the city. city.
The main living room of the house consists of the kitchen, dining room and living room, all located in the same bright space. The room is spacious and natural, with windows on two of the sides and white oak along the ceiling, kitchen cabinets and the floor. The dining area has a 16 foot window seat next to the dining table, bathed in sunlight.
The master suite and a guest suite are on the first floor of the house, and the other three bedrooms are on the second level. A window seat is built into the hallway on the second level, in the kids’ area, and sliding oak doors can close the bench, which Levy says looks like a Pullman compartment on a train and is a popular place to hang out. pajama parties. The second-floor games room offers a close-up view of the tree canopy through large windows.
Wendy Konradi designed the interior of the house and landscape architect David Hocker brought in natural plants from Texas to fill in the exterior design. The house was built by Stephen Hardy.
The house also has a swimming pool, gardens and outdoor terraces. There are 10 geothermal wells on the property that help with heating and cooling, ultimately lowering the cost of utility bills. It is no small feat for nearly 7,000 square feet.
The house is listed for $ 5,995,000 by Douglas Newby of Douglas Newby & Associates.