Home Builder: David Dalgleish of Dalgleigh Construction Company
Wanting to expand their home located in the private community of Frio Cañon, these homeowners called on builder David Dalgleish of Dalgleish Construction Company to combine the old with the new. Because he was the original builder for the home, David was able to seamlessly add to the house, sourcing the same original materials and some of the original craftsmen who worked on the house. He blended the existing home with the new addition and completed the 7,500-square-foot seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.
Thanks to Blair Burton of Blair Burton Interiors, the homeowners were already in love with the way their home looked and wanted to make the addition look as original as possible. David focused on bringing in elements found in the main areas of the home, including using the reclaimed wood beams from Vermont on the master bedroom’s ceiling. The white shiplap wall was also carried over, adding to the clean lines and minimalistic style. With such dark wood accents and reclaimed lumber, the white walls balance the darker tones as well as reflect natural light around the space.
The homeowners are shifting from raising young children to a family of growing adults. With this life change, they wanted to move their home into a phase that would better suit their growing needs. One of the greatest perks of not having young children anymore was the ability to create a private wing off the main house without needing to keep the children close in case of emergency. The biggest request when the homeowners started designing their addition was for a transition space between the new master suite and the original house that included air conditioning.
Dalgleish completed their request for an air-conditioned space without losing any views of the surrounding landscape. He created a steel and glass enclosed bridge that spans the length between the main house and the addition. With the walls of the bridge completely made of windows, the hallway is open to the outdoor scenery instead of feeling like a dark tunnel. The exterior of the home that abuts the bridge is clad in rustic wood siding and mixes with the modern look of the steel and glass. Much more than a simple hallway, the bridge is an architectural art piece.
Now a private retreat, the new master suite contains a sitting area and glass front fireplace to enjoy on chilly mornings. The stone around the fireplace complements the Jerusalem Bone White limestone fireplace found in the living room. An iron chandelier hangs above the sitting area, balancing the neutral colors of the chairs below. Large windows display the green lawn and the river beyond. Large French doors at the far end of the room open onto a patio and allow the evening breeze to come inside.
The new master bathroom combines rustic Texas Hill Country style with a modern twist. White shiplap walls are juxtaposed with a glass shower surround, maintaining the feeling that the addition was always a part of the home. Dark window frames match the originals and create a color contrast with the white walls. A large soaker tub completes the master bath as the perfect spa-like retreat and place to relax.
Along with the master suite, extra bed spaces were added for family members who want privacy from the main house. Vaulted ceilings allowed the family to utilize built-in bunk beds without feeling cramped, while the bunks draw the eye up the wall to the reclaimed beam. At the center of the room is an iron bed that stands out from the white shiplap walls. Light blue and gray accents complement the décor style found throughout the house.
For the homeowners, Frio Cañon will be a lifelong home that they are able to pass down through the generations of their children and grandchildren. Builder David Dalgleish saw their vision of a well-crafted home made of quality materials, as well as the legacy they wanted to pass along. “This is one of the most scenic parts of Texas and mixing the indoor and outdoor lifestyles is a must,” Dalgleish said. Being able to look out of any window and see the beautiful landscape and wildlife is a welcome retreat for a busy family. The Preston home showcases high-quality work and one-of-a-kind artistry; a perfect example of the unique homes that David creates for his clients.