This new home fits right in with its older neighborhood.
2005 Southern Home Awards: Simply Stunning
Credit: Charles Walton IV / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

In Harmony With Its Neighbors
A short ride around a few blocks of Dallas's Park Cities quickly reveals many new homes in this established neighborhood simply ignored their location. Our winner is not one of these. Vero Beach, Florida-based architect Scott Merrill created a design that feels just right--not too ornate or over the top. Working closely with homeowners Marsha and David Dowler, he fit in the house with the scale of the existing neighborhood as well as with the Dowlers' needs and clean style.

Sun-Filled Interiors
For the floor plan, Scott designed the larger rooms to face the backyard. The smaller, more intimate rooms are on the front. This north/south orientation provides abundant sunlight in the back.

Connection to the Outdoors
An outstanding feature is the integration of the house with the landscaping. A long pool extending from the recessed porch to the garage/guesthouse unites the spaces. Gardens on either side of the pool, designed by Warren Hill Johnson of Carrollton, Texas, reflect the homeowners' differing visions: a formal manicured look for him and a meandering path with flowers and a koi pond for her. "This shows you can enjoy aspects of both," says Scott.

Pages 146-147: Architecture by Merrill, Pastor, and Colgan Architects, contact Scott Merrill, Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 492-1983; builder was Steve McCombs, Dallas, (214) 319-7036; consulting engineer was David Goodson, Dallas; landscape architect was Warren Johnson, Fallcreek Gardens, Carrollton, Texas, (972) 418-5128; interior design by Georgina Callan, New Orleans, (504) 897-2444; consulting architect was Frank Ryburn, Phillips-Ryburn Associates, Dallas.

"Simply Stunning" is from the October 2005 issue of Southern Living.