A built-in coffee bar of a University Park home, photographed by Cody Ulrich

How to Live a Beautiful Life

17 Home Hacks Dallas Designers and Builders Swear By

From fold-away ironing boards and in-mirror TVs to heated dog houses.

We asked Dallas builders and designers what little conveniences they’ve installed in their recent designs.

 

“Built-in Wolf countertop steamer/pasta maker. Acts as a slow cooker, too!” Kim McCue, Cypress Designs


“Motorized screens for outdoor living.” Tommy Garrett, Garrett Brothers


“Two-sided hamper connecting master closets to laundry.” Eddie Maestri, Maestri Studio


“Lighted closet rods.” Barry Williams, Williams Design


“Heated, air-conditioned doghouses. It changes the whole concept of being “in the doghouse.”” Michelle Nussbaumer, Ceylon et Cie


“Ironing boards that fold away into laundry room cabinetry. The perfect solution to maintain easy access without the eyesore of a stand-alone board.” Ben Coats, Coats Homes


“Toto Neorest toilets.” Sara See, Sees Design


“Temperature-controlled outdoor spaces. With the hot summer, air-conditioned outdoor spaces offer comfort and wow factor!” Chad Brozovich, CJB Homes


“Kitchen faucets that are motion sensitive.” Kay Genua, Kay Genua Designs


“Preset digital temperature controls on showers and tubs.” Stephen Dunn, Stephen Dunn Designs


“Lutron light on/off buttons on bedside tables—so you don’t have to reach up soooooo far to turn the lamp off!” John Phifer Marrs, John Phifer Marrs Interiors


“TVs in mirrors in bathrooms.” Jan Showers, Jan Showers & Associates


“Motorized drapery or Roman shades, so you never have to leave your bed to darken or lighten your bedroom.” Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors


“Wine-glass washer or two ice makers for different-size ice.” Paul Draper, Paul Draper + Associates


“Artificial turf (less maintenance; beautiful year-round; no mud; less mosquitoes).” Chris Dauwe, Rosewood Custom Builders


“Coffee station or refrigerator drawers for cosmetics in the master bath.” Carolina Gentry, Pulp Design Studios


“Nest video doorbell.” Samantha Fisher, Samantha Fisher Interior Design

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