luxury Craftsman

You would have never given 3816 Miramar Avenue a second look a few years ago. It was a 1915, plain-Jane, Prairie-style home that had been remodeled multiple times. It would have inevitably faced the wrecking ball if it were not for buyers that saw the potential and knew who could fulfill their vision. They hired the architectural team of Domiteaux & Baggett to reinvent this home entirely and make it into a luxury Craftsman that takes your breath away.

Before we get into the fantastic renovation, there’s an interesting bit of history on one of the former owners.

A well-known railroad man, W.G. Crush lived here until 1943. He is credited with the establishment of the Katy Railroad’s Highland Park Station. Yes, there was a railroad station in Highland Park!

Before the transformation. Plain-Jane indeed!

“When we met with the owners, they knew they did not want to tear down the home,” Mark Domiteaux said. “They were very involved in the research and wanted this home to be all it could be. We had them look at resources like California architects Greene and Greene’s work at the turn of the century, and that inspired what you see today.”

Domiteaux worked with The Robert Hopson Construction Group to turn this home into what is now a timeless luxury Craftsman. When they got started, they quickly realized they’d have to gut not only the entire interior, but also rebuild the exterior.

Domiteaux reminded me that during the Depression era, homes were seldom built to the highest standards as money and resources were scarce. Unfortunately, the brick and mortar on this home were disintegrating.

“We stripped it all off and rebuilt the house better than it ever was,” Domiteaux said. “We got the opportunity to make the house what it wanted to be originally.”

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English Tudor Revival

Let’s talk hot property, shall we? This gorgeous Highland Park English Tudor revival at 4814 Saint Johns Drive hit the market for $4.9 million last Friday. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is everything you could ever want in a home, and you simply cannot ask for a better location!

The English Tudor revival style evokes a sense of gracious living, and tradition. When you can find an original like this one that’s been seamlessly renovated and expanded, well you’ve hit the jackpot because they are rarely available.

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While the home that Dallas City Center Realtor Tony Nuncio is sponsoring for the Heritage Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is far from old, he won’t hold that against it. An Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (now Heritage Oak Cliff) member since 2007, a founding member of the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association, and now a proud resident of the Kings Highway Conservation District, Nuncio has long been dedicated to the area. 

In fact, he and his partner of 21 years, Terrance Nichols, opened their remodeled 1920s bungalow for the 2015 home tour — a sacrifice on the altar of neighborhood fundraising that all home tour participants know too well. Though we are in love with his adorable house, this year, Nuncio is proud to sponsor the gorgeous, modern take on the glass house at 804 Kessler Woods Trail. Trust — there will be no stone throwing coming from us, as we’re completely in awe with not only the house itself, but with the views. 

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1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

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Russell Buchanan's Vanderbilt home is an achingly perfect fusion of texture and lines. (Photo: AIA Dallas Tour of Homes)

Russell Buchanan’s Vanderbilt home is an achingly perfect fusion of texture and lines. (Photo: AIA Dallas Tour of Homes)

This is one of the most highly anticipated home tours of the year, with work from veritable superstars of the architecture world open for your perusal. Names such as 5G Studio Collaborative, A Gruppo Architects, Bentley Tibbs Architect, Booziotis & Company, Buchanan Architecture, Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, Marek Architecture, Mitchell Garman Architects, OFFICIAL, and Welch Architecture, Inc. are included in the program of this year’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, with some of the most well-known homes in the most sought-after locations.

Malone Cliff Residence - Dallas Texas

Malone Cliff Residence, designed by Booziotis & Company, has panoramic views of the Calatrava bridges from its West Dallas perch. This is one home you don’t want to miss during this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

And you can attend it FOR FREE! Yes, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the Oct. 29-30 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. Now, if you don’t want to take your chances trying to win tickets to the tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, you can purchase them for $25 here or for $30 at the door on the day of the tour.

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Guernsey Lane by Welch Architecture

In the pantheon of popular property jaunts, the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes always ranks near the top. Now in its 10th year, the home tour will showcase the best of the best in Dallas modern architecture, showing off Dallas’ most iconic homes and most recognizable architects.

“After thoughtful review and deliberation, ten homes were selected for their architectural excellence and innovative concepts,” said Tour of Homes committee co-chair and Domiteaux + Baggett Partner Laura Baggett, AIA. “This 10th anniversary gives us the opportunity to remember the first homes on the tour and reaffirm the tour’s mission of underscoring the important role that the architect plays in residential design.”

Homes selected for this year’s tour — held Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — include designs from 5G Studio Collaborative, A Gruppo Architects, Bentley Tibbs Architect, Booziotis & Company, Buchanan Architecture, Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, Marek Architecture, Mitchell Garman Architects, OFFICIAL, and Welch Architecture, Inc.

As the only home tour curated exclusively by local AIA architects, it has grown in sales from 1,400 tickets to 2,700 tickets since it launched in 2007. This year’s featured homes are in neighborhoods across Dallas, including Bluffview, Urban Reserve, Preston Hollow, and North Dallas.

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Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

The emergence of the open floorplan as a home design standard means more eyes than ever are on our kitchens. Design and function evolve every year, and we’ve asked some of the top Dallas interior designers to dish on 2016 kitchen trends for us.

They say the overall vibe for this year is crisp and uncluttered, with the warmth of wood floors and accents. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos to show these trends in action. It’s going to be a beautiful year!

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Chris-Craft-House

The Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder, at 22 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve, the brainchild of Dallas developer Diane Cheatham.

Dallas developer Diane Cheatham is a dedicated modernist and committed environmentalist.

As CEO of Urban Edge Developers, Ltd., Cheatham has brought those values to her work in multiple settings, from small infill condos and townhomes that won multiple design awards, to her masterpiece at Urban Reserve, a signature modern neighborhood that uses sustainable features creatively.

Diane Cheatham

Diane Cheatham

It’s a trend she’s happy to say is showing up more in North Texas.

“I see more developers and builders responding to consumer demand by building modern and green,” Cheatham said. “The style is much more accepted in Dallas now, and a growing segment of homebuyers are interested in green building and a more modern aesthetic. I’d like to see more developers thinking out of the box, providing more options at all price levels.”

Cheatham envisions and creates enclaves that are both eco-friendly and people-friendly. At Urban Reserve, for example, a reservoir that gets neighborhood run-off water is used to irrigate common spaces and individual lawns. Every house is required to have LEED-H certification. Her own house at 1 Vanguard Way, which she shares with her husband Chuck, has geothermal heating and cooling, energy-saving windows, and an 18,000-gallon cistern that collects rain runoff from the roof. Homeowners in the community are encouraged “not to do the standard Dallas fences,” and many of the homes feature indoor-outdoor living spaces that encourage interaction with neighbors and passers-by.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Urban Reserve has earned multiple recognition and awards, like the 2007 Dallas AIA Excellence in Sustainable Design, 2007 CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and a 2009 award from Eco-Structure Magazine, where Urban Reserve was distinguished as one of seven innovative projects.

All this took rule-breaking by Cheatham as she customized street widths to slow traffic, created rain gardens and retention ponds, and made the basic infrastructure and layout of the development conducive to her overall vision.

“It’s taken longer than expected, but there are only six lots of the 50 left and work is proceeding on six homes with eight more in various stages of design,” she said. “The realization of Urban Reserve has been the hardest [of all my projects], and as it nears completion, it is also the most satisfying. Being out there on the cutting edge proved to be more complicated than I anticipated.”

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