M.J. Wright & Associates Inc., North Richland Hills, Texas

Historic Restoration | Silver

Project name: Maykus Residence

In the early 1900s, Benjamin R. Wall was a mayor of Grapevine, Texas, and generally considered to be a renaissance man. He created a home that more than 100 years later, M.J. Wright & Associates was tasked with restoring within the approval guidelines of the Historic Preservation Commission. The house had no HVAC or insulation, the foundation was a series of brick above ground piers, it was encased in early 1960s siding and had old post-type electricity. The home was taken down to its studs inside and a new pier and beam foundation installed. They also doubled the size of the home with the mantra of always being true to the home’s original roots but while creating a high-performing, architecturally significant home. The bricks from the original piers were cleaned and used to create brick sidewalks at the entry and a brick skirt that underpins the home’s base. The original siding was uncovered and additional new siding found in Fort Worth with a company who has the original knives for this siding. Details include gable and dormer with cedar shake siding with curved details, diamond-styled inserts and original wood casement windows. Original columns were removed and refurbished. A total encapsulated foam insulation system allows the home to perform well. Other green elements include a tankless water heater, new electric wiring and a high-performance HVAC system. The 3,400-sq.-ft. home operates with total electric bills from $35 to $79 per month.