Building a Dream

Finding a home to accommodate their family required a Dilworth couple to start from the ground up



The Burgess family built their home from the ground up.

Photographs by Chris Edwards

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Unlike couples who can’t agree on the features they want in a new home, Jason and Elizabeth Burgess had a shared wish list: an open floor plan with five bedrooms, a relaxed vibe, and enough space to entertain large groups indoors and out.

“Our dream was to have a bigger home, a place where people could come over and we’d feel comfortable, not crammed,” explains Elizabeth Burgess.

The catch: The couple wanted to find a home in Dilworth, where they’d been living for 11 years.

When the Burgesses started looking for a new home for their family of five in 2010, none of the houses on the market met their criteria. There was just one home for sale on their street—and it belonged to their next-door neighbor. Although the location was perfect, the home, which was old and small, was not. Elizabeth Burgess calls the house “a teardown.”

After months of searching, the couple decided to purchase the neighboring home, take advantage of the oversized lot, and build their dream home. With an accepted offer and their neighbor’s blessing, demolition started in 2011. It took 18 months to complete the project.

Architect Harry Schrader of Schrader Design and Knight Residential Group helped bring their vision to life. The home has an open floor plan, five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a finished basement, and an outdoor living space complete with a pool and basketball court.

The Burgesses wanted a warm and inviting space for entertaining, but the couple had no idea how to achieve that feeling through design.

“We wanted it to be modern and clean but not stark and sterile,” says Elizabeth Burgess.

The Burgesses wanted a home that would become the neighborhood kids’ hangout. With a pool, basketball court, and plenty of space for entertaining, their new Dilworth home definitely meets that requirement.

While Schrader took ownership of the architectural elements in the Dilworth home, designer Tom Holley of Crazy Jane’s stepped in to curate the interior.

“Harry and Tom would say, ‘What do you think?’ and we’d say, “What do you think?” Elizabeth Burgess recalls. “We let them make most of the decisions, and we love everything they chose for our home.”

The foyer offers the first glimpse of the modern architectural elements, textures, and creative blend of materials used throughout the house. Dark mahogany panels line a feature wall; to give the space a modern feel, the panels were installed horizontally and manipulated to form gentle curves that flow toward the great room. The large glass front doors are another modern touch, and the light flowing through the space helps balance the dark wood tones. Click the arrow to continue reading the story.

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