We’ve been following the remarkable work of a dynamic design and real estate duo making their mark in East Dallas. Today, we’re looking at their latest project in Buckner Terrace.
Casey Barton and Raymond Graham are the talent behind the renovated house at 3214 Sharpview Ln. This pair have been at it for several years, turning dumpy dives into delightful digs with function, flow, and fabulous style. (If you want to see what we’ve featured before, check out this house, this house, and this house.)
“This is our third flip on the 3200 block of Sharpview, so one of our biggest challenges we faced was making it look different from the house we flipped directly across the street,” said Graham. “We definitely have a look that brands us [with elements like] painted brick, a reflective address plaque, a pop of color on the front door, midcentury elements, geometric shapes, and mixed chrome and gold throughout the house.”
Today’s Thursday Three Hundred offers those things plus an open floorplan, original refinished and new solid oak hardwoods, and a huge master suite with a to-die-for closet — and that’s just the beginning. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,950 square feet on one story, built in 1965.
There’s an open house this Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like to look around beforehand?
Before we get too far into this story, let’s take a moment to look at the “before” photos above. This was a dated house with closed-off rooms, many of them dark and cramped. And that kitchen is a nightmare, barely wide enough for one adult. This Buckner Terrace house needed a total refresh, and it got it.
“The front of the house was no frills and boring — it was unnoticeable, so we wanted to make it modern, minimal, and low maintenance,” said Barton, who added the cedar installation on the front porch and tore down the old iron scroll post, building a cedar support meant to look sculptural. “Normally, I’m opposed to covering up brick, but this house was so plain architecturally, we had to add some interest.”
Mission accomplished. The house stands out and looks sharp on the block.
Barton and Graham always uses wallpaper in the entryway and its opposite wall to create a strong first impression. They tore down a wall and got rid of the original fireplace to make the space more functional and create an open concept floorplan, adding in a new fireplace in the second living area.
“This house had one of the worst designed kitchens we have come across — not only was it closed off from the living area, the wall that separated the kitchen and living room housed the old fireplace and it jetted into that space,” said Graham. “Half of the kitchen wasn’t even functional, it was so narrow.”
In the kitchen now, you’ll find quartz countertops and a rustic wood breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and lots of cabinet space.
Barton and Graham had other design challenges with this remodel. This was a four-bedroom home, but being under 2,000 square feet, that made it feel like a bunch of tiny rooms.
“We took [the space from] one of the bedrooms, which allowed us to enlarge the living room, master bathroom, and add a master closet,” said Barton. “Now we have a spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that has great function and flow.”
This kind of master closet and master bath is something you just don’t find in homes built in the 1960s — the closet in particular is uncharacteristically large for a home of this era.
“The master suite in general is probably what we love the most about this remodel,” he said, noting that the master bath has a sleek double vanity with marble countertops, a four-by-seven walk-in shower, and porcelain floor tile that looks like marble. The secondary bath is also totally updated with dimensional tile in the shower and a new sink.
One of the appealing aspects of this location is you can get a house priced a lot lower than Lakewood or Little Forest Hills, yet you are still minutes from downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum, shopping, and entertainment.
This Buckner Terrace home was listed March 15 by Raymond Graham with WDR Uptown for $389,000.