Step inside this dream house in Texas designed for empty nesters


Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects is responsible for the design of this spectacular custom, single-family residence located in Dallas, Texas. The owners are empty nesters who wished for a home that would not feel overwhelming for just the two of them yet would be spacious enough to accommodate their children’s families when they visit.

It also needed to be appropriate in scale with the neighborhood, which is set within a conservation district. The 5,115 square foot dwelling consists of simple, recognizable forms to harmonize with the existing neighborhood. Crisp details and warm materials satisfy the homeowners aspirations for a clean, contemporary aesthetic both indoors and out.

Project Team: Architecture: SHM Architects | Interior Design: SHM Architects | Landscape: David Rolston Landscape Architects | General Contractor: Susan Newell | Structural Engineer: Bury & Partners


The exterior facade features a combination of stucco, cut limestone from Mexico, and metal siding. All the main living spaces along with the master bedroom suite are organized around a small pool and courtyard, framing an intimate, lush view from every room.


What We Love: This beautiful home was spaciously designed for empty nesters to host their children’s families to gather together in a stylish environment. Living spaces are designed for entertaining with an inviting open layout that flows from indoors to out. We are especially loving the concept of the mezzanine level and how it is sunken down to create a connection between the main living area and the entertainment area.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall details of this home? Would this be your idea of the perfect empty nester home? Let us know in the Comments below!

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On the interior, the main living area is designed as an open concept containing several elements, which are organized as “furniture” pieces to define the specific uses. An example of this can be seen in the image above, where a walnut-clad box at the end of the great room encompasses the bar, coat closet, and powder room.

It also acts as a structural support for a steel cantilevered staircase that leads to a mezzanine level that houses a pool table. The box is sunk down low enough to encourage conversation between guests in the great room sitting area and the pool players.


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Photos: Nathan Schroder Photography

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Barbara Roberts
3 years ago

I like the sleek, clean lines and mix of industrial elements with the wood trim, however, for me five thousand square feet is not considered downsizing…LOL

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3 years ago

i assume that 5,100 s.f. is “downsizing” for the owners. but the article should have left out this specification because it sounds pretentious to say that the owners didn’t want something “overwhelming” and they end up with a house this is more than twice the size of the average house. pretentious affectations aside, not a bad design. but “the perfect empty nester home”? no; way too large.

Michelle Akers
3 years ago

The powder bath is outstanding. Would love to know the wallpaper source / style. Perfect blend of eclectic and modern. The artwork, mirror, wallpaper – amazing design.