Builder Ben Coats Invites Us Inside His Wonderful Family House in Bluffview

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This tale is component of The Finest Builders in Dallas 2021 function. Click on listed here to see the 2021 winners. A number of summers in the past, Jen and Ben Coats and their five children established out on the experience of a life time. Packed in an Airstream motor residence, […]

This tale is component of The Finest Builders in Dallas 2021 function. Click on listed here to see the 2021 winners.


A number of summers in the past, Jen and Ben Coats and their five children established out on the experience of a life time. Packed in an Airstream motor residence, the relatives of 7 clocked 4,000 miles as they cruised the expanse of the American West. But when the epic street journey finally arrived to an conclude and the family members headed back again to the Park Cities—an region acknowledged for great deal measurements that are the exact opposite of expansive—they started out to look at their residence in a entire new light-weight. “We have been just like, gentleman, these lots are so tiny,” says Ben, “and you are so sandwiched up from your neighbors.”

But the Coatses wouldn’t really feel cramped for very long. As the proprietor of Coats Homes, Ben has an within line on readily available lots in Dallas, and when he laid eyes on a sure 50 percent-acre magnificence in Bluffview, the veteran homebuilder knew he’d located just what his outside-loving household desired. “It experienced the most experienced 40-foot-tall magnolias surrounding nearly the overall house, entrance and back, and we just fell in enjoy,” he claims. Hence began a new form of journey for Ben and Jen: generating their have custom made home. “I construct customized households all the time—that’s what we do—but in no way for ourselves,” claims Ben. “We have completed a number of total gut remodels, but this was our very first new construct.”

Fabricated by Orona Steel Creations, the suspended steel fire separating the loved ones home from the eating space is Ben’s favorite feature in the residence. Absolutely open up on all four sides, it seems to float in between the spaces.

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With the tables turned and Ben sitting in the customer seat for a improve, he lastly experienced the flexibility to develop the home that he and his family usually wanted—and that meant taking a just-say-no method to just about anything trendy. “We preferred our dwelling to stick out in a way that was super considerate, tremendous inventive, and tremendous personalized,” he claims. “We desired men and women to generate by and slow down and say, ‘Wait a moment. I’ve never noticed that just before.’ ”

As a result, the Coatses’ 6,800-square-foot house teems with remarkable options, from the exterior clad absolutely in cedar shingles (far more widespread in Cape Cod than Dallas, Texas) to the family members room’s entirely open up fireplace (“It’s like you have a campfire likely,” Ben suggests). But the family’s aspiration home would not have been possible devoid of the best team in position, which is why they enlisted longtime collaborator David Stocker of SHM Architects and interior designer Erin Sander. “It’s entertaining functioning with Ben,” states Stocker. “He’s probably witnessed as a great deal as we have, so he’s seeking to look for some new things. Which is generally inspiring.”

Also inspiring is Ben and Jen’s determination to clean residing, from the foods they try to eat and the bath solutions they use to the developing resources selected for their home. Within and out, the few avoided substances each time possible and applied water-centered sealants in the course of, which confined the range of toxic compounds getting into the home. From the exterior shingles and diamond-polished concrete flooring to the white oak kitchen area cabinetry and white oak ceiling, practically every single element was still left in its organic condition. “It was a gain-gain to retain a great deal of things unstained and unfinished due to the fact we appreciated how they seemed, way too,” Ben states.

One particular of the home’s most hanging attributes is the glass-walled shower in the most important lavatory.

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Fabricated by Orona Metallic Creations, the suspended metal fire separating the family members area from the eating place is Ben’s favourite function in the home. Entirely open up on all four sides, it appears to float amongst the areas.

Nathan Schroder

Speaking of appears to be, the home’s interiors wanted to strike the excellent stability among spouse and children-helpful convenience and elevated modern day. Through the working day, the hardworking residence serves as an off-web-site conference put for Ben, as very well as a homeschooling zone for Jen and the kids, who variety in age from 4 to 11. Then, at night time, it is a place for the spouse and children to entertain close friends or loosen up with a home-cooked meal and a movie. “They really like the richness and organic and natural attributes of a ton of wood tones on the interior,” claims Sander, “but then balancing it with a minimal little bit of that edgy, fashionable sensibility in some of the fixtures and lights.” Cozy and stylish come together most notably in the place of work, in which Sander blended a shapely felt pendant and tree root espresso table with a custom made sofa in a strong, neutral fabric. Featuring ridged walnut cubes, the room’s wall-sized metal shelves, a different customized structure by Sander, pop from the polished plaster walls and ceiling.

These inventive custom made touches paired with the home’s bold architectural moves and unforeseen material selections make the Coats home a shining instance of the magic that can happen when talent and fearlessness merge. “At the close of the working day we obtained to force the envelope,” says Ben. “And we ended up not concerned to go huge or go dwelling.”

Combining do the job and perform, the gameroom is exactly where Jen homeschools all 5 small children.

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House School

Thinking of setting up your possess dream household? Based on his professional—and, now, personal—experience, Ben Coats has some classes to instruct you.

Be accurate to you. “Specializing a dwelling for your household is essential. That is the explanation you’re developing a custom made household, to make it uniquely yours,” Ben claims. “Sometimes it is ideal to toss resale out the window if you know you are likely to live in your household eternally. So do what is finest for you and your family members and how you want your loved ones to reside, not what’s ideal for the marketplace.”

Figure out what spaces you really need. “The biggest matter that we have realized is that we really do not use many of our bedrooms,” he says. “So as you’re wondering about planning a household, really acquire a superior really hard look at what spaces you’re heading to use on a day-to-day basis. And if you aren’t likely to use it on a day by day foundation, look at combining two rooms that aren’t likely to be utilized typically into 1 area so that you are receiving much more utilization out of that room.”

Get your workforce created early. “The faster the much better,” says Ben. “You can get more out of a challenge when you employ the service of your designer working day 1. I introduced on my landscape architect [Paper Kites Studio] a very little bit later on in the challenge, and I imagine there are issues she could have accomplished with the actual architecture to intensify some of the landscape architecture features—because the property parameters and basis were already set on the plans—so that is a person that I did not acquire my own tips.”

And be positive to create the appropriate group. “We usually notify clientele when you are using the services of an architect or designer, you want to glimpse for three matters,” he claims. “You want to get alongside with them and get pleasure from them as persons. You want to make positive that their spending budget is aligned with your spending budget and that they can complete your economic aims. And that your types are aligned.”


Interior Layout by Erin Sander Design

Built by Coats Properties

Architecture by SHM Architects

Landscape Architecture by Paper Kites Studio

Florals by Haile Wossen

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