Lakewood’s Modern Industrial Tree House is the Very Best Nest


Do you remember P.D Eastman’s The Best Nest? Mr. Bird sang, “In all the world my nest is best!” That’s how we feel about our Inwood Home of the Week, a dramatic modern industrial home overlooking White Rock Creek. It has an unexpected look for Lakewood, and the most exciting blend of materials we’ve seen in a very long time. We think it’s the very best nest in all of East Dallas.

Of course, that’s because this modern industrial home is the result of some of the most creative minds in Dallas. When you combine the talents of Enrique Montenegro of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects (SHM) and Rosewood Custom Builders  there is room for nothing less than perfection, and that’s what we have in 6723 Sunnyland Lane.Modern Industrial
We’ve repeatedly advised our readers about the advantages of scoring the home of a builder. They just cannot stay put so, eventually, some lucky buyer is going to land a house that has not only solid architectural integrity, but also complete attention to detail and profoundly exciting use of materials.

This 4,666-square-foot modern industrial treehouse was built by Chris Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders for his family. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder bath, and study, it’s absolutely perfect for a hip young family that wants to be within walking distance of Lakewood Elementary. It is in fact so fabulous it was included in the 2016 Lakewood Home Tour!

“This was a unique project because it was a personal home for Chris and Mackenzie,” architect Enrique Montenegro said. “Orienting the house to the creek was a priority, so that we could take advantage of the creek views. The topography is pretty dramatic. I love the way it turned out. It’s just an amazing property.”

Builders obviously have a considerable advantage when creating a family home. There is an inherent understanding of materials and flow. Chris and Mackenzie are in their early 30s and wanted to create not only a modern industrial home, but also one that was organic, glamorous, and sophisticated.

“We were going for a huge connection between outdoors and indoors,” Chris said. “We wanted it to feel young but formal.  So we used a lot of refined materials and balanced the urban barn wood with more formal crystal chandeliers. The livability of the floor plan has been a real treat and it’s very child-friendly. I’m going to miss the master bedroom the most. You feel like you are living in the trees and the view of the ravine is incredible!”

If the interiors look somewhat familiar, it’s because Chris and Mackenzie have a huge admiration for British designer Timothy Oulton. “When they closed the Dallas store we snagged a lot,” Chris said.

The blend of all these talents has resulted in the home being used as a photography location, so think about that — you can offset your mortgage with location fees!Modern Industrial

Modern Industrial

Modern Industrial

Modern Industrial

This urban treehouse has also captured the attention of Houzz.com readers. The kitchen ranked number one for modern industrial design in 2016. If you want to get the look, check out the Houzz.com link. But, if you want to get the house, give Kyle Brinkley with the Brinkley Property Group a call. He has this modern industrial treehouse listed for $1.799 million — and remember, it’s the best nest in Lakewood!

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