The home at 1006 Lausanne, built in 1937, is one of the five homes in a family of Skillern homes in the Kessler Park neighborhood. Only two owners have lived in the house since the Skillern family and both made significant changes to the home’s original footprint and architecture. Built by a Skillern daughter and her husband, a German engineer, the home was designed to stay cool during hot Texas summers. With a full brick exterior, small windows and multiple interior doors and windows for cross breezes, the original home was incredibly functional, if not stunning. 

The current owners moved to Dallas in 2015 and fell in love with the interior of the house, which had just been reimagined with an updated floorplan featuring a new modern kitchen and master suite. They particularly liked the modern cabinetry of the kitchen and baths juxtaposed against traditional details such as original light fixtures and bathroom tiles. The home felt classic and modern all at once.

However after moving in, the owners decided to embark on a few home improvement projects, which quickly became a complete overhaul of the home. With the help of Dan Finnell, their architect, and Mike Munsterman, a local landscape designer, the owners gave the home a proper facelift.

The motivation for the project was to remove a carport that had been built in the 1980s. That work then expanded to include the reclaiming of a second story balcony, original to the house. With these structural changes, the home took on a very different look from the street and created an opportunity for Mike to put a contemporary English garden in place of the old carport. The owners also wanted to build a garage and a pool at their new home but were challenged by an easement that ran diagonally and 20’ wide through the backyard. With a lot of work and creativity, everything managed to fit and ultimately yielded some very distinct spaces in the back that are now home to a pool, outdoor kitchen, pool bath and changing room, workshop, and garage. Now the home is both truer and newer than the house the owners fell in love with.