It’s rare, as a builder, to be part of a project that offers not only valuable publicity but also a chance to incorporate state-of-the-art features likely to be seen by thousands at once. However, such was the case when Morning Star got the chance to work on the Southern Living Showcase Home in Cypress, Texas (near Houston), last year—a residence designed and built by DWP Architects and Morning Star, withSouthern Living magazine’s custom builder group endorsing the project.
Encompassing 5,000 square feet on a half-acre lot, the four-bedroom, Tuscan-style residence is flush with stylized flourishes, including a barrel-vaulted brick ceiling in the kitchen. But, the home is also outfitted with modern amenities such as, most notably, iPad controls for lighting, HVAC, and security cameras. Energy efficiency was paramount, too, as far as Cummins was concerned, but he didn’t want it to be at the expense of great design. “There’s a belief out there that to build a very efficient home, it’s got to be very simple and it’s got to be