Chad Dorsey was working on a client’s home near the scenic White Rock Lake in Dallas when he spotted a for sale sign in front of a large plot populated with trees and occupied by a single storey house. The whole situation was a stroke of luck since the American architect liked the neighbourhood and had been searching for a place where his two dogs could roam around freely.
Chad decided to demolish the derelict house and build a new one after seeing it. The plot’s circular driveway, however, was quite inspirational.
“One side was overgrown with trees that formed this lush, canopied alley,” Chad tells us. “A gravel path led to a tree that grew almost horizontally from the ground, and it reminded me of walking down a beach path to the sea in California.”
With that, Chad conceived the vision of his new home. Dubbed the Surf Shack, the 3,000 sq ft place is home to Chad, his partner Kurt Bielawski and Jackson, a Jack Russell Terrier and Lucy, a Corgi mix.
AT A GLANCE
HOME: A single-storey home near White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas
SIZE: 3,000 sq ft
WHO LIVES HERE: An architect-designer, his partner and their two dogs
ID: Chad Dorsey
Its architectural shell was designed to look effortless and unassuming. Garages flank the main structure that’s clad in stained shingles to mimic the look of shou sugi ban – a Japanese term that means “charred cedar board” referring to a treated blackened timber – and black corrugated metal roofs.
The entire space has a white-based and light coloured material palette that draws aesthetics from the sunny Californian coastal area. The driveway is paved with white gravel that segues into the concrete so that it appears to be part of the living space.