A long-awaited renovation flips the script for a historic dome home with an awkward and outdated kitchen.
Haley Rushing’s home has always been a showpiece.
It was built in the 1970s by architect John Watson, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. The structure is shaped like a dome and situated on a slope in Westlake Hills, Texas, giving precedent to views of Hill Country. “John was a big believer in harmoniously blending homes into their surrounding environments so that both are better off for having met each other, as Wright would say,” Haley notes.
The property was initially a triplex, with two loft units on the second level and a third unit on the ground floor. But in the 1980s, a renovation turned it all into a single-family unit—and the results tarnished this showpiece, to say the least.
“It was previously two mini kitchens that were superficially opened up to be one long kitchen,” says Haley, who co-founded The Purpose Institute. “It still had a major wall running down the middle, a very low ceiling height to accommodate old air conditioning units, minimal cabinet space, and no pantry.”
Before: Front View
After: Front View
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