For a Ryan Place bungalow, 2625 South Adams unquestionably packs a lot of captivating design punch. From the appealing exterior color scheme, to the enclosed porch with unique under-eave fenestration, the house has not so much been remodeled as reimagined. We’ve run into the creative spirit behind the renovation before. Seasoned rehabber Terri West has excelled herself in this, her latest effort, by reclaiming and maximizing every square inch of usable space in the 2,800-square-foot house.
The former front porch certainly makes a stunning entrance vestibule. A pediment of clerestory windows floods the space with loft-like light. Exposed white-washed ceiling planks and brick pillars turned inward, celebrate the structure’s skeleton.
A spacious oblong living/dining room with recessed lighting sustains the modern loft vibe. Custom-sized grey stone slabs veneer the fireplace. Hardwood floors glow with a patina that only age can bestow.
The eat-in kitchen, which overlooks the living/dining room, is stocked with all of the modern must haves, including stainless appliances and chef’s cooktop with a custom range hood. The countertops are of fashionable quartz.
An additional sitting area is tucked away with winding stairs leading to an attic bedroom.
The master suite is uncharacteristically large for a Ryan Place cottage of 1924 vintage. Also unusual is the four-bedroom, four-bath floor plan.
The master bath is full size, with twin sinks and attractive mocha marble on the counter top.
An additional bedroom and bath has been eked out of attic space, illuminated by skylights.
The large, nearly half-acre lot is a combination of two city lots allowing for the construction of a large three-car garage with 900-square-foot apartment above. The open plan unit, with a wall of trendy reclaimed plank, should command top dollar rent adding income potential.
The apartment has entry through the garage as well as a front door. Now for the elephant in the room. West has spared no expense in this remodel, using high quality appliances, fittings, fixtures, and finishes — but all of this comes at a price. Listed at $785,000, 2625 South Adams clocks in at $280 per square foot — well above the $167 average for the area. In defense, comparisons in Ryan Place are not apples for apples, with quality and condition being extremely variable. With a long line of successful projects under her belt, I would place my wager with West.
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.