Luxury home building is an art — especially in Dallas. We set the bar pretty darned high. So when this modern Spanish Revival at 5326 Edlen Drive popped up, I knew you’d want to see it — again. We featured it in July shortly after it was completed. But, since then there have been a few changes, not the least of which is stunning staging by Look Interiors. If you can spot the changes, let us know in the comments!
This modern Spanish Revival is a spec home, finished in 2017, and the result of some of Dallas’ most creative and sought-after talents. Architect Lloyd Lumpkins, builder Randy Hughes, and landscape architect Harold Leidner worked together to create 13,119 square feet of luxury living on an acre of gated land in the heart of Preston Hollow.
A spec house must be the most exciting kind of home to build because you’re creating a residence for a dream client.
“I’m basically designing a house like this for me,” Lumpkins said. “Of course I’m also bearing in mind what other people would like. I wanted to do a more modern home in a classical form, so I chose a modern Spanish Revival style.”
The successful blend of classic and modern styles is apparent from the moment you drive up to the home.
“My favorite thing about that house is the front elevation,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Ryan Streiff said. “The approach is so pretty, and the house is sited on the lot perfectly. It’s set back to where it has that estate feeling.”
Hughes and Lumpkins were exacting in their selection of materials. “We used a two-piece, sand-cast clay tile for the roof,” Hughes said. “It will last forever.” They also used Joe Mear of Custom Residential Paint Contracting Inc. for those gorgeous Venetian plaster walls and silver leaf finishes.
When Lumpkins is designing one of his dream homes, he always likes to create a formal reception hall so you can limit how far people come into the house. It makes sense. Those homes where you can see from stem to stern don’t allow for any privacy at all.
“When I’m designing, I try to think through the public-to-private attitude,” Lumpkins said. “I zone the house so you can let people in just so far, or a bit further. The gallery here serves this purpose. It brings all the different zones together, yet allows you to close off the private master wing.”
The consummate design is evident everywhere you look, and the striking entry staircase may render you temporarily speechless. Hughes took inspiration from the Dorchester hotel in London. Their basket weave helical staircase is quite famous having been featured in X Factor and Hello! magazine, and it acts to cement the modern influence on classical design in this home.
Lumpkins designed all of the rooms with generous proportions, but they do not feel overly large, and the spaces are very flexible. He placed the formal living room in an unexpected spot, just beyond the long gallery hallway in the heart of the house.
“We tried to put everything into the house that you could possibly think of,” Hughes said. And did they! The home boasts a chef’s kitchen, a catering kitchen, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three powder baths, five fireplaces, a library, a game room, a media room, and enough garage space to suit a car collector. That’s just the interior, mind you. The grounds are nothing short of spectacular with a huge pool, climate-controlled cabana, and a smart mix of both artificial turf and grass.
The significant changes, as we mentioned at the top of the post, include staging. If you’ve ever doubted the difference staging can make all you have to do is look at our July post on the home and then see what magic Bonnie Basham Lance and Paige Kuchler of Look Interiors brought to this modern Spanish Revival estate.
“My first thought was that we needed to stage the house,” Streiff said. Streiff is co-listing the home with Courtney Jubinsky, and they realized the home could use some warmth.
“When you walk through an empty home, especially one of this size, it can be hard to relate to the space, Lance said. “You are looking at the bones of the home, rather than visualizing how you would live there. Buying a home is emotional. You have to be able to connect. People also don’t perceive as much value in a vacant home.”
“There is a great deal of importance in staging,” Kuchler said. “A buyer can look at images of a vacant home online and not understand what they are seeing. It takes the house to a new level when it’s staged. It turns a house into a home.”
“This was a group effort,” Kuchler said. “We worked closely with Courtney, and everyone was very open to our suggestions.”
“At the end of the day, it’s about the builder, the architect, and the Realtor,” Lance said. “Staging makes the home relatable.”
It also makes the home livable. As Lumpkins said, “This is a home where hopes and dreams are made.”
If you’re ready to start hoping and dreaming in this gorgeous modern Spanish Revival estate, give Streiff and Jubinsky a call. They have it listed for $7.995 million.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and 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