A Cutting Edge Hill Country Contemporary From Bernbaum/Magadini

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Contemporary Hill Country

When I first spotted this Hill Country Contemporary design, I thought, “hmm, that’s odd, I don’t remember a new build down the street from Candy Evans!

That’s because it was built in 2008. As you scroll through these photos, you’ll see it’s a prime example of why architects are essential. Architects think long and hard about how their clients want to live in a home before they ever draw up a plan. They eschew trendy materials for classic. Rather than mow down trees, they design around them. In other words, they build timeless homes — homes that last forever.

That’s exactly what we need more of after the North Dallas tornado devastated so many homes. Plus, this one is move-in ready!

This Contemporary Hill Country home was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects and built by Buford-Hawthorne. You could not ask for a better team.
Contemporary Hill Country

If you are the least bit familiar with architecture in Dallas, you can spot a Bernbaum/Magadini design almost immediately. The common thread, according to Patricia Magadini, is their homes have a strong indoor-outdoor connection. I can always spot their fantastic staircases!

“Our clients had a beautiful lot, and they wanted to take advantage of that,” Magadini said. “They also wanted a cleaner lined home. When you are designing large expanses of glass walls, that lends itself to a more contemporary vibe.”

Contemporary Hill Country

A lot of what Bernbaum/Magadini designed in 2008 was cutting edge.

“What was really new back then was the big sliding glass door across the back of the house,” Magadini said.

They also designed a master upstairs as well as down, which was rare. Now, it’s a necessity.

A lot of what seems cutting edge is just good design because, again, it’s timeless. For instance, the dramatic floating staircase in this Hill Country Contemporary may look like a new concept, but they’ve been around forever. It takes on a new level of excitement because of the placement in the home, overlooking a tree and koi pond.

Contemporary Hill Country

Contemporary Hill Country


While white kitchen cabinets are still popular, we see more new luxury homes with stained wood cabinetry, so this Hill Country Contemporary is right on target. 

“Common sense design principals are timeless and hold their value,”Magadini said.

Contemporary Hill Country



Yes, that’s a balcony off the master with a fireplace!
Contemporary Hill Country
Can you spot the Big Boy statue?


“If you let us do what we know how to do, you’ll have a much better house,” Magadini said. “When a client is willing to let us take some design liberties, we can come up with creative solutions for how they would like to live. It’s much better to go to an architect and say, ‘This is how we’d like to live in our house,’ rather than, ‘Here’s a picture of what we like.’”

Fortunately, the owners of this 5,926-square-foot Hill Country Contemporary did just that. The result is a stunning, timeless house with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder bath, and incredible views.

Dave Perry-Miller agent Debbie Sherrington has this Hill Country Contemporary on almost an acre, at 11544 East Ricks Circle, listed for $3.9 million.

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of all dogs, international travel, good chocolate, great champagne, and historic homes knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well!


Karen Eubank

Karen 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 over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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