A 1938 Cottage Reimagined

Scale, Proportion, and paying tribute to the History of a neighborhood. 

Reimagining a 1938 cottage in the Hollywood Heights Conservation District of Dallas, Texas.

When we were approached in 2011 to reimagine this quaint 1000 square foot, the unassuming home looked ramshackle and covered in vines.  Much of the exterior was not visible from the street, and its interior was filled with contents of years past as remnants of a full life. 

Exploring the home with our client, we discovered hidden gems of details; a brick arch here, a forgotten light fixture there… a beautiful Art Deco mantel, a pristine mid-century floor lamp. 

Our design goal aligned with our clients’ wishes to maintain the original character of the home while adding new square footage in a delicate balance of proportion and scale.  The result is a 2500 square foot, 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom home on one level.  Ceiling heights were increased only where the natural grade dropped and allowed.  The new detached two-car garage resembles that of a 1930s garage, and the back yard is viewed by a large screened in porch with a two-sided fireplace to the family room. 

Our clients’ needs changed over the years as they had more children and needed more space.  We were honored to reimagine another larger historic home for them nearby.  The Santa Monica cottage got another breath of fresh air when a new family (the owner of Monet Interiors) purchased it in 2017, as it was the perfect fit for them.  We are so pleased that it will be featured on the 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour. 

Please visit the link below for an article featuring photos of the home as well as remarks from architect Eddie Maestri, AIA about the home and the process.