“When we moved there about a year ago, the first thing we did was tear up the front yard and put a vegetable garden in the front yard with a firepit and chairs around it,” says architect David Stocker.

What’s an easy way to connect with your neighbors, lower nearby crime, improve your home value, and be happier? Put a pair of Adirondack chairs in your front yard, says David Stocker, principal architect at Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects in Dallas.

It’s a new incarnation of what’s called front yard living — using architecture and furniture like patio seating to create livable spaces in your home’s front yard. Nowadays, it seems like backyards are given more thought and focus for livable spaces than the front yard, but Stocker wants to change that for the greater good — helping bring neighborhoods back to the social melting pots they once were. (more…)

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Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a stunning Preston Hollow Texas Contemporary at 4562 Isabella Lane in the Wilson Estates neighborhood that has been completely transformed. The dream team of Architect David Stocker, Principal of Stocker, Hoesterey, Montenegro, and Brad Ellerman, President of Ellerman Homes, took it from 2005 to 2018 and all we can say is, “WOW!”


Long Cove is hosting a Lake Home Sales Event for Henderson Bay, pictured here, this Saturday, March 31st on Cedar Creek Lake.

It all started with a big idea – to create a luxury lake front community close to Dallas with all the comforts of home, but without all the maintenance. A place where you can unplug, unwind, and enjoy time with your family and friends. That place is Long Cove, the brainchild of Dallas’ own Don McNamara, developer and investor behind Cityplace and West Village in Uptown. Inspired by getaways like those of Seaside, Watercolor, and Horseshoe Bay, the folks at Long Cove bring those memorable experiences closer to home, spanning more than 1,000 acres, and boasting six miles of shoreline at the clear, deep end of Cedar Creek Reservoir – and it just keeps getting better with newly developed Henderson Bay.

Get the whole story on this fantastic new development just a stone’s throw from DFW on SecondShelters.com.

Stocker Hoestery Montenegro Architects and luxury home builder Robert Elliott are changing the face of custom residential architecture in Dallas. Every time they team up, the result is nothing short of spectacular. Their ideas and execution are fresh, innovative, and timeless. This contemporary Spanish colonial revival at 5807 Park Lane is a shining example of what this talented dream team creates.


Highland Park Modern Mediterranean 3512 Lexington.ashxIt’s always a pleasure to see what Robert Elliott is up to. This CandysDirt.com Hot Builder just put the finishing touches on a Highland Park modern Mediterranean at 3512 Lexington Avenue with architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects and designer Marci Barnes of Barnes & Co.


10731 Bridge Hollow Court facadeWe love a livable home, especially a livable luxury home. So many multi-million dollar homes are filled with rooms that rarely, if ever, get used, but that’s certainly not the case with this modern Mediterranean at 10731 Bridge Hollow Court in the Creeks of Preston Hollow.

For those of you unfamiliar with that subdivision, it’s between Strait Lane and Inwood Road, just south of Royal Lane. Yep, the honeypot of CEOs, sports stars, and those with extremely discerning taste. (more…)

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The Sunnybrook Residence by architects David Stocker and Stephen Lohr of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro. Photo: Nathan Schroder

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). This column was originally posted on April 20. 

In Dallas, architect David Stocker, AIA, is well-known for his residential, commercial, and sacred spaces. He approaches his work theologically, he says, creating beauty in a broken world, one project at a time.

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David Stocker, AIA

“I see beauty as largely objective—in a sense we are ‘hardwired’ to experience beauty,” Stocker said. “It is a common trait in our humanity. The creative process is really discovering, or in most cases re-discovering, these timeless patterns of what is known as beauty.”

He is a principal at Uptown-based Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, a firm he co-founded with Mark Hoesterey and Enrique Montenegro almost 11 years ago. As the firm profile states, “We consider ourselves ordinary people who are extraordinarily good at our work. We care deeply about our craft and who it affects, and it is our desire to be always conscious of our design principles and core values, regardless of project type, scope, style, or location.”

Their portfolio on Houzz is a testament to the beauty they create. In fact, they’ve received the “Best of Houzz” design and service awards 2014-2015, and a design award this year. We sat down with Stocker and asked him about his background, philosophy, favorite projects, and more.

CandysDirt: You grew up in Central Illinois between St. Louis and Chicago. How did that influence you?

David Stocker: It gave me great access, at an early age, to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and others and began my love of architecture. I began my move towards Texas by going to architecture school at the University of Arkansas. I was fortunate that E. Fay Jones was active at the school and professor at the time. I loved the school and the program (my daughter is attending now). I graduated in 1984 and decided to make Texas my home and begin my career at HKS [Architects].


6130 Stefani Drive

All you need is sand outside the back door and you’ll feel like you’re living on the beach in this Santa Barbara modern at 6130 Stefani Drive.

The five-bedroom, five-full-and-three-half-bath home is the result of a powerhouse of talents. Architectural firm Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro, Faulkner Perrin Custom Homes, designers Jane Waggoner and Dana Card, and of course, listing agent Jonathan Rosen with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International, worked together to bring this $2.795 million beauty to life. (more…)