New construction in Preston Hollow is expected to have designer touches, and Forsythe + Hall Homes’ latest organic contemporary home does not disappoint.
The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home at 5915 Del Roy Dr. is full of stunning design elements throughout its 5,421 square feet. The home is located just west of Preston Road and south of Forest Lane.
“We like the area because of the 60-foot building line setbacks that create a great drive up, especially with the six trees in the front yard,” Holly Forsythe, owner and designer of Forsythe+Hall Homes, said.
That drive up sets the scene for a home with a unique floorplan that is entertainment perfect, and full of details both expected and unexpected.
“The layout and the floor plan itself is one of the more special things about this home,” Forsythe said. “We designed the floor plan with our architect, Lance Stovall, around an existing pool in the backyard, which we completely replaced with a brand new more modern pool that gave more space in the backyard for the Emerald Zoysia grass.”
The result is an L-shaped home that provides a perfect backdrop for entertaining both inside and out.
“The kitchen is the hub of the home in this design,” Forsythe said. “It is centered between two downstairs living areas, the media room, and the dining room. All of this is framed by two 10-foot tall massive sliding glass doors that meet at the corner and open up to the large covered veranda.”
The asymmetrical theme for the layout makes the home unique from the average new-build modern as well.
“We never wanted a ‘formal living room’ because we feel that most people these days don’t do as much formal style entertaining and really want to use every room in their homes,” Forsythe explained. “So each downstairs living area is still a part of all of the action and we picture our future home buyers to really live in all areas of this house.”
Stunning design elements pack a dramatic punch, from the high ceilings and the 10-foot sliding glass doors that open onto the patio and the pool and outdoor kitchen beyond to the open floor plan inside full of light, modern finishes, and fixtures that still manage to feel warm.
And that was intentional Forsythe said.
“We really wanted the home to evoke a light and airy modern aesthetic, but still have warmth and interest in this home,” she said. “We accomplished that by incorporating finishes that have texture before pattern, warm wood tones and accents of black and steel.”
You see it immediately — the front entry is a custom steel pivotal door flanked by adjoining windows and a lantern to bring warmth to the area.
“In the kitchen, we have mixed furniture grade walnut on some of the cabinets, as well as a beautiful Moroccan Zelige tile from Exquisite Surfaces on the backsplash and hood,” Forsythe said. “The hand applied glazing on the Zelige tiles makes each so beautifully different and naturally gives a timeless pattern to the space without being an actual patterned tile.”
Forsythe said she and the rest of the team sought tile finishes that were bright and airy, but also introduced texture.
“Some of our favorite tile vendors that we used in this home would be Ann Sacks, Exquisite Surfaces and Horizon Italian Tile,” Forsythe said.
A downstairs bar got a unique black wood grain tile on the backsplash, complemented by a floating walnut shelf.
A downstairs guest bath departs from the soft white found throughout the rest of the home, Forsythe said, with its modern cement tile pattern from Exquisite Surfaces on the floor, accented with dark cabinets, dark wall tile and brushed brass fixtures.
“We wanted to have some fun down there,” she said.
But their favorite room in the house, she said, is the master bath, which is both a retreat and a space that introduces, if you will, a certain kind of airy sophistication.
A large floor-to-ceiling window serves to illuminate and frame a pewter-finish freestanding cast iron tub. The floors look like Statuario marble, but are actually large format 24×48 porcelain tile from Horizon Italian tile.
“On the walls, we installed an 8 x 8 tile from Horizon Italian Tile that has a beautiful modeled texture to it, giving so much interest to the space and pairs so beautifully with the clean-lined rift cut white oak cabinetry that we finished in a whitewash,” Forsythe added.
A stunning see-through style fireplace connects the front study with the front living room on a common wall. Unfinished raw steel panels provide visual interest on the fireplace wall, wrapping around the entry and into the study.
“This beautifully compliments the steel and glass sliding door that we designed for the study,” Forsythe said. “It is made up of one fixed panel with an identical operable sliding panel that acts as the door. When the door is closed, it is one large wall of steel and glass.”
All told, the home took about a year and a half to complete from concept to completion.
“It took a little bit of time for us to get the plans right,” she said. “We like to take time and attention to every detail of the building process.”
That attention to detail, Forsythe said, is one of the things she feels is a hallmark of the company.
“One of the things that we think sets us apart from most home builders is that we are design oriented first and foremost,” she said. “We aren’t out there to just try to quickly build and sell houses, but to build a beautiful product with design integrity that we are extremely proud of what we created.”
The home is listed for $2.15 million, by Lisa Besserer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.