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THE Massena – French Country Dream Home

Custom Home

Fortunately, the charming Texas clients found us at an International Builder Show and promptly hired us to design their French Country dream home. Meeting the clients only once proved enough for us to develop their Preliminary Design through the CAD, Design Development drawings. Any required structural engineering would be handled by their local custom builder.

The clients wanted comfortable Guest Rooms each with it’s own bath. The Great Room, open concept floor plan with a Formal Dining would be spacious too, as well as the Lanai. Some tradition was desired, hence the Coat Closet, Butler’s Pantry, dedicated Mud Room, large Walk-In Pantry and a very useful and generous Laundry Room. The Powder Bath is for visitors.

The Master Bath was to be really special, so we obliged with a walk-thru shower surrounding a large soaker tub. Above, are transom windows and a 17’ tower to fill the space with natural light. One of the two large Walk-In Closets shares a glass block wall with the Master Bath, so that it is natural lit during the daylight hours. The nearly 14’ double vanity, certainly provided enough room.

As usual, we’d employ the 3D program SketchUp made into a fly-around movie, to help communicate the exterior design of the home. Every customer really appreciates our ability to show them what their home may look like so early in the design process. It’s also a huge advantage for us and even helps us in the preliminary design process.

The clients also wanted their 4000+ sq. ft. home to be super energy-efficient, so they came to the right design firm! We designed the home with the entire mechanical system within conditioned space under the typical 10’ ceiling. This alone greatly reduces the demand of the home’s heating and cooling requirements and the related mechanical equipment size. The net result? The clients enjoy the energy bills of a home that’s just one-third the size while paying less than they would have otherwise for the mechanical equipment. Remarkable.


  • 4 Bedroom + Study
  • 4 Full Baths
  • 1 Half Bath

  • Living Area: 4048 sq. ft.
  • Total Area: 6021 sq. ft.

  • Width: 94’6”
  • Depth: 84’4”