Ema and Don Moes are busy renovating their new home overlooking Lake Waco.
Ema is tackling the added job of doing the interior designing for the house. But the couple also played host recently to a group of tourists anxious to examine their under-renovation home.
Members of Mid Tex Mod, an all-volunteer organization that works to raise awareness of the Midcentury Modern design movement in Central Texas, took a tour of buildings in Waco constructed with that style in late February. It was part of an annual Preservation Texas Summit that was held in Waco this year.
The Moes’ home was added to that tour list. About two-dozen Mid Tex Mod members -- many from Austin and San Antonio -- stepped off a bus and got the rare opportunity to see a residential structure while it is being renovated. Ema also shared her design ideas with the guests.
“I want it to have a unique personalized style of my own and my husband,” Ema said, “but I also want to keep the elements of the Midcentury Modern style.”
Midcentury Modern describes a style of architecture, furniture and graphic design that was prevalent in the mid-20th century.
Architect Stanley G. Love of Oak Point Studios near Denton is the renovations architect for the project. He said the Moes’ home is the third such Midcentury Modern home in Waco that he has renovated. All of those homes were designed by Robert Bennett and had interesting angles utilized in the design, he said.
“Bennett did quite a few homes in Waco,” Love said. The Moes’ home, built in 1966, is the most recent of the Bennett-designed houses Love has renovated. The other two were built in 1957 and 1959, he said.
The Merrimac Circle house is undergoing a full overhaul, and is expanding from its original 2,784 square feet to 3,835, mostly through the addition of a second floor.
“We want to be respectful of the original architecture, but also to modernize,” he said, noting that many upgrades -- such as plumbing -- are needed.
The renovation began in October and they hope to be finished by June.
Don Moes said one of the things he loves most about the house is the view of Lake Waco from the back.
“It's unbelievable,” he said.