How “Accidental Trucker” Don Daeske Built the Teak House in Dallas

This story is SO Dallas. And this house is now so valuable given the high cost of wood. Most people design a house, specify materials and then buy them. This is perhaps one of the few houses in the city where the materials directed the design and the entire house.

In 2006, Don Daeske, a Dallas-based truck magnate referred to as the Accidental Trucker, purchased a teak company: East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc. This was before he bought Smokey Point Distributing, an acquisition that would bring in revenue of $205 million by 2013. In January 2014, the company merged six subsidiaries of trucking companies and earned Daeske the title of Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwestern Region by Ernst & Young. . His transport gains did not stop there. Daseke, Inc. is now the largest flatbed and specialty transportation and logistics company in North America with 6,000 tractors and 13,000 flat and specialty trailers, plus more than one million square feet of industrial storage space.

But what about the teak business?

After purchasing the teak business, the truck driver turned to his wife Barbara, a prolific local interior designer, and asked, “What do you think about building a house out of teak?”

Teak is the most durable and weather-resistant wood you could wish for. It is insect resistant, a huge plus in Texas, and nearly impossible to burn. The wood is also beautiful to look at.

The Daeskes had lived on an idyllic two-acre forest in Addison for 15 years, but that teak company drove them crazy with their existing home. So when Don asked the teak question, Barbara was right on board and had the perfect architect in mind: David Droese of Droese Raney, whose local work popular high-end Dallas stores like Forty-Five-Ten, Billy Reid, the stomach bar Harlowe includes MXM and other local eateries, as well as award-winning housing projects. The plan was to replace their existing home on the idyllic site with the Teak House.

Droese was certainly a big architectural name in the city, but he was also well versed in commercial construction. His training gave him an insight into unconventional methods of bringing Barbara’s plan to life and taking full advantage of the teak wood on more than just outdoor surfaces.

Of course she would design her own house. Barbara is the owner of Barbara Elliot Interiors and has worked from high-rise hotels and offices to luxury homes in the United States, Europe, Asia and Indonesia. “Residential, commercial and hotels of all kinds. I even did an apartment in Paris,” says the designer. “I’ve done it all.”

It was her design flair plus love for natural environments and cultural diversity that inspired the couple to build The Teak House. Completed in 2010, the residence is not their first on the wooded lot. knew how she wanted the house to have a private frontage and the back completely open to those beautiful forest views.

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

Their old house was demolished to make room for the new one, built in 2010. The teak exterior construction is complemented by many custom details inside and outside the house. The front door is teak wrapped handcrafted glass made by Jim and Mary Ann Bowman, renowned local glassblowers. Loaded with finishes from around the world, the interiors also used Myanmar teak, recycled hardwoods, Indian and Brazilian limestone, quartz stone, and custom lighting.

A 6 meter long kitchen island is made of colorful quartzite; teak kitchen cabinets are topped by South Sea ceremonial necklaces.

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

“The architect and I have worked so hard to explain that,” says Daeske. “I don’t think we thought about style. One thing I knew for sure was that I wanted the house to have a lot of glass.”

The existing house has been demolished. Droese’s architectural height included high ceilings, wide halls, spacious living areas, and those massive walls of windows.

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

Talc teak: The siding is made of teak, sourced from Southeast Asia. It envelops the house and blurs the boundary between home and landscape.

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

And floors are repurposed teak imported from India, recycled from centuries-old buildings demolished to make way for new construction. (Sounds familiar?)

The teak wood serves as a background for the house, outlines the interior with natural tones and forms a canvas for Daseke’s organic design elements. The owners’ deep appreciation for nature is reflected in the countless varieties 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 painted complementary to the teak,” Barbara says. “The kitchen has a gigantic island made of the most beautiful Brazilian quartzite. It’s so beautiful and unusual, when I found it I almost had to lie down on the plate and declare it’s mine!”

The Teak House is 7,196 square feet, considered an average for large luxury homes in Dallas. Yet there are only three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

“The house feels bigger than it actually is,” says Daeske, which makes it a great house to entertain.

“There’s nothing you’ve seen with this kind of flow,” she insists. And she’s seen 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 an oil paint roller to keep that beautiful color.”

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

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