A Glass House in Texas With a Roof That Appears to Float

Built around a courtyard in a neighborhood of bungalows in Dallas, Texas, the Southwestern Residence offers privacy and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle for retired empty-nesters. Designed by smitharc architecture + interiors, the new modern home keeps to the low-slung scale of nearby cottages with its standing seam metal roof.

angled exterior view of modern linear residence made of light brick and glass

Clerestory windows run along the front roofline of the structure giving the appearance of a floating roof.

closeup view of modern home exterior focused on the front door

side corner exterior view of modern house made of glass and light brick

Despite being built with a lot of glass, the interior remains private thanks to the strategic positioning of the windows.

exterior rear view of modern house looking from yard to home's covered back patio

Around back, a large covered patio lives just off the open kitchen and living room spaces, perfect for joining the indoors with the outside.

exterior shot of modern home's rear patio covered

A combination of Texas limestone, western red cedar, ipe wood decking, concrete pavers, insulated glass, and white oak flooring come together to create a relaxed and warm home, both inside and out.

exterior shot of modern home's covered patio looking out to yard

angled interior shot of living room and seating area in neutral tones

Inside, neutral tones and light woods lean towards a classic yet minimalist aesthetic, while the large expanses of glass frame various views of the surrounding green landscape.

interior shot of living room and seating area in neutral tones

interior shot of living room and seating area in neutral tones

view of eat-in kitchen in neutral light colors with table and banquet seating

view of eat-in kitchen in neutral light colors with table and banquet seating

interior view from kitchen looking through to exterior patio

angled interior shot of open dining room with green chairs

interior shot at bottom of staircase

modern bathroom shot looking out to interior courtyard

modern neutral bathroom with two wood vanities

modern neutral bathroom with two wood vanities

exterior view at twilight of modern home with glass walls and water feature

The backyard courtyard is wrapped around on three sides by the house to create a private oasis for the homeowners.

exterior view at twilight of modern home with glass walls and water feature

exterior view at twilight of modern home with glass walls and water feature

exterior view at twilight of modern home with glass walls and water feature

Photos by Stephen Karlisch Photography.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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