KTGY Elevates Build-To-Rent Living in Dallas-Area BB Living Harvest


February 15, 2024

The 191 build-to-rent homes in BB Living Harvest were designed with community in mind.

Having designed more than 140 build-to-rent (BTR) communities throughout the country, national architecture firm KTGY worked closely with BTR developer BB Living and master plan developer Hillwood Communities on a recent project called BB Living Harvest.

Situated in the larger Harvest master plan, which encompasses roughly 1,200 acres in Argyle, Texas, BB Living Harvest adds the emerging BTR product to the community’s residential offerings.

Working on a 27.5-acre parcel within the master plan, the KTGY team shaped a distinctive community of 191 BTR homes in clusters of six to eight.

“When we started planning this, we wanted to be interactive with the surroundings but give it its own identity,” says Chris Texter, principal and board member at KTGY. “We went into a product type where the garages are loaded off the alleys. So when you go into the community, you’re experiencing all the front doors and front porches.”

The result has a green paseo reaching every front door and greenbelts crisscrossing the site, creating pedestrian corridors off the street that lead to open spaces with outdoor amenities such as barbecue areas, basketball courts, playgrounds, and a flex lawn.

In addition to the amenities situated in BB Living Harvest, residents also enjoy the perks of living within Harvest, with access to orchards, trails, pools, ponds, fitness centers, schools, and lifestyle activities.

On the first floor of each home, residents have a combined kitchen, living, and dining room. | Mixed Media Creations/Courtesy KTGY

With the garages off the back of the homes, the firm had to find a way to incorporate some sort of private outdoor space for each home, a feature that many renters crave.

“We did all the private yards to the side of the house, and they butt up against to the next house,” explains Texter. “This had significant influence on our floor plans. We want to have the home live to one side and intentionally have a blank side of the house that my neighbor lives up against.”

The KTGY team designed several two-story floor plans differing in size, from plan one at 1,861 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths to plan four at 2,440 square feet with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Each includes a two-car garage, the private side yard, and open-concept living on the ground level.

With alley-loaded garages, the homes include a private side yard for outdoor space. | Mixed Media Creations/Courtesy KTGY

Design wise, the detached homes complement the master plan and region and boast one of three different styles, including Hill Country, Texana Farmhouse, and American Classic. Each style is further enriched by three different color schemes.

“I really feel like BTR communities are not inferior in design,” concludes Texter. “You can see the results, and I think it’s turned out wonderful.”

Project Details
Location: Argyle, Texas
Architect: KTGY
Developers: BB Living and Hillwood Communities
Site Size: 27.5 acres
Unit Plan Sizes: 1,784 to 2,438 square feet