Victorian home marries modern with vintage

November 24, 2012


There’s a new “old” house in town.

Actually, two new homes will join the 29th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Granbury Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1.

A new Victorian home and a new Craftsman home are joining several other residences in the historic district as part of the tour. The tour has typically featured homes in the Granbury historic district, and in recent years has also included many public buildings and museums.

The Victorian home of Christopher and Melinda Walker combines their love of older architectural styles, with their desire for a modern floor plan. Located at 303 Mary Lou Court, the home is located on the south side of Lambert Branch in Old Mill Crossing.

Moving to Granbury from the Metroplex, Melinda said the couple really liked the historic area in Granbury – and the idea of building a new “old” home. They moved in March 31.

“The Neo-Historic neighborhood of Old Mill Crossing offered the ideal setting for the Walkers’ Victorian-inspired home,” said designer Larry Garnett.

The Walker home’s exterior features the picturesque Queen Anne style, with its towers, dominant front-facing gable and verandah.

The leaded glass front door with coordinating transom was custom designed to maintain an authentic Victorian home look.

The large formal entry features a dramatic spiral staircase and is appointed with antiques, including a walnut hall tree, glass cabinet and ornately carved oval entry table. Leaded glass windows complete the look.

Inside the home, traditional trim and moldings are dominant in the open floor plan.

“Our house has the bones and the architecture of a Victorian home,” said Melinda of her new home. “While we like the look of a historic home, we designed the open floor plan for today’s lifestyle. We have walk-in closets, a large pantry and other features that weren’t found in historic homes.”

Professional grade appliances and granite counter tops in the kitchen are mixed with vintage items like a green “Moon & Stars” canister set made popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

The main living area features a gas fireplace with built-in mantle and seated hearth with a vintage style.

The covered back porch on the lake side of the house boasts an outdoor dining area and a view of a large, old tree.

“That tree has such character,” Melinda said. “It’s one of the things that drew us to this property.”

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