The courtyard house is a perennial favorite among homeowners who crave a residence with a flowing indoor-outdoor interplay that blurs the traditional lines of architecture. Of course, this is far more difficult to accomplish in an urban setting where both space and privacy become an issue. Then there is the matter of getting the style right with elegant contemporary overtones being extended into the garden and courtyard. But Casa di Luce in Dallas finds a way to combine the outdoorsy charm with a dab of sophistication, connecting its refined living space with a cultured courtyard.
Designed by Morrison Dilworth + Walls with modern panache, the nifty Texas home offered challenges that went well beyond just the seamless connection between the interior and the world outside, as an irregularly-shaped lot and a grand oak tree defined the final silhouette of the Casa di Luce. Both the living area and the bedroom of the 3,226-square foot residence open up towards the tranquil, curated and modern courtyard that is complete with a refreshing pool. Spread across two different levels, a neutral color scheme, concrete floors and a healthy splattering of marble backdrops and countertops ensure that there is no shortage of lavishness in the air!
Décor is kept simple and minimal, with the likes of classic Eames Lounger adding timeless appeal to an otherwise distinctly modern interior. As is the norm these days, large sliding glass doors make their presence felt in every room, even as the homeowners are tempted to spend more time outdoors than inside. Brilliant lighting and minimal accessories complete a Texas home that reinterprets that classic ‘courtyard house style’ by adding contemporary sheen. [Photography: Charles Davis Smith – AIA]