Architect Hardy McCullah built this Dallas modernist house at 9119 Guernsey Lane for himself in 1984. If you’re scratching your head and wondering why it looks familiar, wander down Northwest Highway and have a look at NorthPark Center. The similarities are clear. The same clean lines and signature white brick of the North Dallas luxury shopping destination will give you an “Aha!” moment.
The Dallas modernist home at 9119 Guernsey Lane gained an equally talented and creative caretaker when McCullah passed away. John Huffman, owner of JH Design + Build, just completed a stunning remodel and expansion that takes the Dallas modernist to another level. It’s always a challenge to maintain the architectural integrity of a home, but Huffman had a vision for this house and was able to carry it through with creativity and sensitivity to the original design.
Windows, doors, and skylights were replaced, and new stone steps were added. Inside, a sunken floor was floated to create better flow, ceilings were raised, and the wall to the kitchen was opened up. The 5,229-square-foot home has new electrical and HVAC systems as well as art lighting and a smart home system. With the depth and breadth of updates to the home, you’ll have to see it and get the entire lowdown from Dave Perry-Miller listing agents Ryan Streiff and Laura Michelle.
Huffman also created the best of both worlds in this house. The majority of living takes place on a single level with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a powder bath. However, since there is always a need for more space, he added a bonus room with a wet bar and powder bath up a beautiful staircase.
“It’s a magnificent house, but I think what is most interesting is that although it’s big, it feels embracing,” stager Cliff Ellman said. Ellman is the owner of Spiffidecor, who turned this clean, understated, tailored house into a place anyone could call home. “The aesthetic of the house is simple architecturally. We know staging must support the architecture, not overwhelm it. I wanted a neutral palette because the home did not need a lot of things explained, it just needed to be supported spatially.”
We all want an indoor-outdoor relationship with our homes today. Huffman knew the interior needed to flow smoothly into the exterior, and he constructed those exterior living spaces so you don’t want to leave them. With almost an acre to work with, he built a covered pool pavilion that overlooks the yard, pool, and house. He added a nice touch with the installation of heaters in the ceiling. There’s a fire pit area between the living room and master bedroom. A drop-down projector with a double-sided screen creates a movie watching perch from the fire pit area and the pool — that’s right, you can watch the game while you are in the pool!
The house sits on a cul-de-sac. If you like specifics, it’s known as the McCullah subdivision. For newbies to Dallas, that’s right between Preston Hollow and Bluffview, next to Rockbrook estates. This neighborhood is a little gem, known for its modern homes. In fact, the view out the front of this Dallas modernist is a home designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s contemporaries.
“I’ve never had as many agents fall in love with a house,” Streiff said. “As soon as they see it, they want to live here. It’s a testament to McCullah’s vision that so many people appreciate his design today. I think it’s just such a refreshing home. It’s nice to see something that is timeless in its architectural design but delivers on every level,” Streiff said.
If you’d like to see this $3.289 million Dallas modernist you’re in luck. Streiff and Miller have an open house scheduled tomorrow!
Open House: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com