How “accident trucker” Don Daeske built the teak house in Dallas

This story is SO Dallas. And this house is so valuable now, given the high cost of wood. Most people design a house, specify materials, and then buy them. This is possibly one of the few houses in town that has the materials Managed the design and the entire house.

In 2006, Don Daeske, a Dallas-based truck magnate known as Accidental Trucker, bought a teak company: East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc. This was an acquisition, before he bought Smokey Point Distributing, that had sales of 205 Million US dollars in 2013. In January 2014, the company merged six subsidiaries of freight forwarding companies, whereby Daeske was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest region by Ernst & Young. His transportation purchases didn’t stop there. Daseke, Inc. is now the largest low-loader and specialist transportation and logistics company in North America with 6,000 trucks and 13,000 low-loader and specialty trailers, as well as over one million square feet of industrial warehouse space.

But what about the teak company?

After buying the teak company, the truck owner turned to his wife, Barbara, a prolific local interior designer, and asked, “What do you think of building a teak house?”

Teak is the most durable and weatherproof wood you could ask for. It’s insect resistant, a big plus in Texas, and nearly impossible to burn. The wood is also beautiful to look at.

The Daeskes had lived in two acres of idyllic Addison forest for 15 years, but this teak company drove them crazy with their existing home. When Don asked the teak question, Barbara was immediately on board and had the perfect architect in mind: David Droese of Droese Raney, whose local work is popular high-end Dallas stores like Forty-Five-Ten, Billy Reid and that Gastric Pub Harlowe includes MXM and other local restaurants as well as award-winning housing projects. The plan was to replace their existing home on the idyllic property with the teak house.

Droese was certainly a big architectural name in the city, but he was also well trained in commercial construction. His training gave him insights into unconventional methods to bring Barbara’s plan to life and not only make full use of the teak on outdoor surfaces.

Of course she would design her own home. Barbara is the owner of Barbara Elliot Interiors and has worked on high-rise hotels and offices to luxury residences in the US, Europe, Asia and Indonesia. “Residential, commercial and all kinds of hotels. I even made an apartment in Paris,” says the designer. “I’ve done everything.”

It was their design flair and love for natural environments and cultural diversity that inspired the couple to build The Teak House. The residence, which was completed in 2010, is not your first on the forest property. She knew how she wanted the house with a private facade and a fully open back for those gorgeous forest views.

“The site is so extraordinary,” said Barbara. “It’s like living in a tree house.

Her old house was demolished to make way for the new 2010. The outer construction made of teak is complemented by many individual details inside and outside the house. The front door is made of teak wrapped handcrafted glass created by Jim and Mary Ann Bowman, famous local glassblowers. The interiors are decorated with finishes from around the world and also used teak with Myanmar, recycled hardwoods, Indian and Brazilian limestone, quartz stone, and bespoke lighting.

A 20 foot long kitchen island is made of colored quartzite; Teak kitchen cabinets are crowned with ceremonial necklaces from the South Seas.

The entire structure is clearly lined with modern mid-century themes. The house has been carefully designed to blend in with its surroundings and capture the view of the forest.

“The architect and I worked so hard to interpret that,” says Daeske. “I don’t think we stuck with the style. I was sure that the house should have a lot of glass. “

The existing house was demolished. Droese’s architectural elevation included high ceilings, wide hallways, spacious living areas, and those curved window walls.

“You feel like you’re outside,” says the interior designer. “That’s all about these windows.”

Talk Teak: The outer cladding is made of teak, from Southeast Asia. It envelops the house and blurs the line between residence and landscape.

All interior walls, door frames and window posts are also made of teak. Almost every inch of the house is made of teak: the ceiling, walls and cabinets, ”says Daseke from the ceiling to the floor.

And the flooring is reused teak imported from India and recycled from centuries-old buildings that have been demolished to make way for new constructions. (Sounds familiar?)

The teak serves as a backdrop for the home, outlining the interior with natural tones and providing a canvas for Daseke’s organic design elements. The owners’ deep appreciation for nature is reflected in the innumerable variations of natural materials. The house is also energy efficient with a geothermal system for heating and cooling.

“I tried to keep the colors of the furniture and everything that was being painted to match the teak,” says Barbara. “The kitchen has a huge island made of the most beautiful Brazilian quartzite. It’s so beautiful and unusual that when I found it, I almost had to lie down on the plate and explain, it’s mine! “

The teak home is 7,196 square feet, which is the average for large luxury homes in the Dallas area. Yet there are only three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

“The house feels bigger than it actually is,” says Daeske, which makes it a great home for entertainment.

“There’s nothing you’ve seen with this type of flow yet,” she insists. And she saw A LOT.

As for that exterior, the Daeskes say it’s relatively maintenance free with one exception, and they have a solution.

“If you don’t oil teak it will turn gray, so we have a painter’s roller on oil to get that beautiful color.”

Just like conditioning a salad bowl. The Dallas Teak House at 656 Celestial Road is technically in Addison, but is listed on Allie Beth Allman’s Elizabeth Wisdom for $ 4.25 million.

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