White Rock Home Tour Features Architect Driven Digs Throughout East Dallas

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This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year's White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.
This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with Dawn Reser Schaeffer to talk about Hexter Elementary and the White Rock Home Tour. Schaeffer, who has a daughter at the Blue Ribbon Elementary school off Peavy Road, is one of the home tour organizers for the 10th annual event. It’s a great, cost-effective fundraiser for the school, she said, because the community bands together to keep costs low, and there’s a great inventory of modern homes near the neighborhood school. Parents volunteer and contribute, and homeowners vie for spots on this highly anticipated home tour, one of the few that features modern architecture exclusively.

She could not be more right, especially considering that one much-talked-about home, PV14, will be on the tour and it’s just down Peavy from Hexter. The Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate did a great feature on the designer of the home, Michael Gooden in their recent home and design issue. You can see it on the tour, though, and help support a fantastic Dallas ISD campus. Other homes include an amazing Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands that fuses masonry, wood, and glass seamlessly to provide a mid-century modern look in a new build. Parts of it have a very Tom Kundig-type feel with the exposed beam supporting the roof just outside the master bedroom.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.
This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

Another home you don’t want to miss is a beautiful LEED Gold remodel of a near-teardown midcentury on Sylvania. This home was in awful shape, but D’J Perkinson of Studio Perk brought it back to life as one of the most eco-friendly homes in Dallas. It’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the earth!Jump for a sneak peek at these two homes, as well as more information on the tour and how you can win tickets!

dining room
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open the dining and living room to the outdoors. The masonry interior wall complements the modern aesthetic.
Den and Fireplace
In the den, the fireplace and cabinetry have a continuous look, mimicking the clean lines throughout the home.
Hardwood floors laid lengthwise, along with an immense eat-in island and copious cabinetry, give the kitchen a sleek industrial look.
master bed 1
The master bedroom has views of the pool and backyard.
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The master bat is immense and feels secluded and spa-like thanks to the clerestory windows, free-standing bathtub, and over-sized double vanity.

Other homes on this year’s tour include a Ju-Nel home with original details on Walling Lane, a bright and colorful mid-century modern on Cactus, and a beautiful new build with a creative brise soliel in Urban Reserve. Each home really speaks to what buyers want today: Tons of windows, open floor plans, sleek cabinetry, built-ins, and creative finishes.

Truly, this 10th anniversary home tour is one you don’t want to miss, so go ahead and secure your tickets today. You can purchase them at both White Rock Coffee locations, GreenSpot Market, Tom Thumb, and Hypnotic Donuts. Tickets are $15 when purchased in advance, and $20 on the day of the tour. The tour runs for two days, April 25 and 26, from noon to 5 p.m., and the first 50 tourgoers at each home will receive a free goodie bag.

In Studio Perk’s Sylvania remodel, you can spot some original fixtures, such as the full-wall brick fireplace.
Some upgrades include the interior-lit wall of built-in bookshelves with rail-hung ladder and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The kitchen was opened up with new cabinetry and a half-wall where the built-in cooktop resides under an industrial venthood.

If you want a chance to win tickets to the White Rock Home Tour, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com tomorrow as we’ll be giving away a pair of passes to this phenomenal event!

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. Ren says

    I’m in love with Studio Perk’s Sylvania remodel; keeping original character while cleaning it up a bit with the excellent, open, well-designed modern touches. I’m obsessing over the wall of books. The books are the cherry on top; they turn the house into a home.

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