"Let it not be for the present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for."
- John Ruskin
"Exciting main living spaces express the materials and textures used throughout the project"
- Eric Watson AIA
"It has a good integration of contemporary interior and traditional exterior - an extraordinary use of natural light."
- Gordon Wittenberg AIA
Darryl Wood (contractor), Eric Rohlfing (project architect), Graham Wood (contractor),
Frank D. Welch (principal architect), 1997
The outdoor-loving Dallas family hired Frank D. Welch & Assoc. to replace their weekend hunting cabin on their ranch, which was becoming inhabitable due to age, weather and critters. The young owner said he wanted something substantial for his grandkids.
As project architect with Frank Welch & Associates, Dallas, TX, ENRarchitects was responsible for development designs, scale models, construction detailing, construction documents, coordination of sub consultants, bidding and construction administration.
The 4,500sf retreat includes: 5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath, gallery/living space, deep porches, kitchen, game room, mud room, breakfast room, library, study, balconies, basement, exterior spa deck, porte cochere, wholehouse fans, and a BBQ arbor/parking trellis structure.
Detailed with contemporary and regional materials, including quarried limestone, corrugated & paneled zinc, scored concrete, painted structural & tube steel, aircraft cabling, aluminum windows & skylights, stainless hardware and stained Douglas Fir interior flat panel doors and paneling.
As the photos attest, Contractors Graham & Darryl Wood of Wichita Falls, TX, did an amazing job, and were a pleasure to work with.
Today, the house is frequently filled with lively grandchildren.