Post feature image credits: Design by Todd Hamilton, AIA; Photography by Craig Kuhner
That’s a wrap! If you missed the 2014 home tour put on by AIA Dallas you missed out. It was a chance to see 9 unique projects by a variety of local architects, and also see the quality of construction put into these great homes. In reference to my trip to Houston a while back for their modern home tour….the winner is still Dallas. I’ll say the final score is 10-5 in favor of the quality of design and execution by the Dallas architects and contractors. The detailing in the Houston homes just wasn’t as exciting or perfectly executed.
Modern home designed by Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects. Photography by Charles Smith, AIA.
There was a variety of design techniques on display in houses both large and small. I always appreciate seeing the magazine-quality new homes and there was one smaller home on the tour that exemplified what good architectural design can do for the existing 1950’s to 1970’s housing stock prevalent in Dallas. The design team and owners updated an existing home in a very thoughtful manner, transforming the old, tired home from a dark and dated home to a vibrant, light-filled set of volumes that were a joy to tour through.
So two lessons to share – first, don’t miss the home tours! You not only see great design in action but you get a chance to run into colleagues and friends and chat about what elements you really respond to. Second, it’s eye-opening for architects and the general public alike to see the latest developments in architecture, learn from them, and see how we all can work toward better designs, better built.
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