2021 RDAA | Custom Accessory or Outbuilding | Five House | M Gooden Design

Michael Gooden’s clients had the perfect little Midcentury Modern house, but they wanted a pool and guest space that could double as a cabana. At first, they thought an addition would answer their needs. Michael told them no. 

“We were pretty adamant about not doing an addition to that house,” he recalls. “And they loved the house and wanted confirmation not to add on. We came up with this design instead, and it just came right off the chute.” A combination guest/pool house was a sweet solution that tied the entire project together. “We all loved the design, but it happened to come in over budget— as all projects do.”

No one wanted to give up on the plan, so they built the project in phases, starting with the pool. “We took on the role of design management to make sure nothing went awry with siting. We wanted Five House to be coplanar with the pool and we had existing site walls to deal with,” he says.

There’s a lot of design packed into the new building’s 672 square feet. Built on a 5-foot module (hence the name), it opens and closes with sliding glass doors and privacy screens. Concrete floors polished to the aggregate mimic terrazzo and make it easy to serve the pool area as a cabana. Concrete walls at either end retain the knots of the boards used to form them and echo the figuring of the sustainable-sourced Cumaru used as cladding, decking, and ceiling. The side porch’s canted steel columns suggest the natural lean of neighboring trees, while the space itself evokes a carport on a small Midcentury Modern. 

Custom Accessory or Outbuilding


M Gooden Design
Five House
Denton, Texas

Project Credits

Architect: M Gooden Design, Dallas

Builder: Adam Larson, Larson Construction, Dallas

Landscape/Pool Design: M Gooden Design

Structural Engineer: Steven Bai, BC Structural Engineers, Allen, Texas

Project Size: 922 square feet

Site Size: .24 acre

Construction cost: $500 per square foot

Photography: Parrish Ruiz de Velasco

Key Products

Countertops: Caesarstone

Faucets: Hansgrohe (kitchen), Grohe (bath)

Finish Materials: Cambria, Mosa

Kitchen Appliances: Bosch

Lighting: WAC, Q-Tran, ELCO, Paris Mirror, Wever & Ducre, Minka Aire

Paints: Sherwin-Williams

Sinks: Blanco (kitchen)

Toilet: Duravit

Washer/Dryer: GE

Windows: Milgard

Window Wall Systems: Western Window Systems


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