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Living Large: $1.1 Million Chris Craft House

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Nestled in a Dallas subdivision of Urban Reserve, the Chris Craft House stands out with its angled roof. The $1.15 million house is designed by the award winning architect Vince Snyder. Realtor Ed Murchison took CBS 11 News on a tour of this ultra- modern home. “The expansive ceiling soars to the height of almost 24 feet,” Murchison points out. “There’s over $30,000 worth of pine wood in this house.”

The home is one big open room with few walls. The weight of the house mostly rests on the wooden beams.

“The utilization of the wood beams and the way the connection points come together, is to really carry the load of the house and afford you all this open space,” says Murchison, pointing to one of the several joints in the ceiling.

Built in 2007, the home has 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. The 4,000 square feet home also has a fully finished great room, state of the art chefs kitchen and a study. Right in the middle of the master bedroom stands a floating wall – a monolith that separates the master bedroom from the bathroom. “This wall provides the privacy of the master bedroom and the bath without the utilization of doors,” says Murchison.
The home also has Geo-thermal HVAC system and Low- E windows that reflect heat.

The subdivision called Urban Reserve, which houses the Chris Craft house is a cluster of modern homes on smaller city lots. All homes are built with environmentally sustainable materials. “At Urban Reserve we’re using rainwater reclamation to provide water for the landscaping as well as to fill the man- made pond in front of the house,” says Murchison.

Not to be left out, the Chris Craft house has a unique rainwater gathering system which is built into the architecture of this house. All the of rainwater runoff funnels into a triangular feature on the roof, which acts as a spout. From that feature, the water cascades into the collection tank, which filters the water before draining into the man-made pond in front of the house. “The Urban Reserve is all about being one with the environment,” says Murchison.

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