Mockingbird June 4

We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

Mockingbird June 4

We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

979 Rustic Front

This house kills me dead! I am already fond of Russell Buchanan‘s work. He’s the award-winning architect behind the Mockingbird Lane box house we reported on last week. If you weren’t bowled right on over by that amazing home, then this one will knock your stinking socks off!

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Buchanan is known for his modern architecture, so when I saw that he had completely redesigned and remodeled this Lake Highlands Midcentury Modern, I had to know more. Built in 1954, 979 S. Rustic is the quintessential Mid-Mod layout featuring large windows and open rooms. With Buchanan’s help, this house is so sleek it sings like a crystal wineglass.

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Not only is this house fabulous, but the whole cul-de-sac is stacked with gorgeous 50s-era modern homes. It reminds me of Eustis Avenue in Little Forest Hills. This home has a gorgeous new kitchen, a living room and dining room that is perfect for entertaining, a huge new master suite with a gigantic picture window, and the most amazing pool you have ever seen.

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Of course, there are just gobs of windows throughout the main living areas, as well as in the four bedrooms. There are three total baths in this home — more than you see in most homes its age — and it’s large enough for a family at 2,126 square feet. And I am just stunned at the price, too — a recently reduced $575,000.

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What an incredible home!

 

So rarely does a home blend with its surroundings so well that it feels native to the land, but that’s the perfect way to describe this gorgeous midcentury modern on more than an acre in Forest Lane Estates. Designed by noted modernist architect Herschel Fisher in 1955 for a doctor and his family, this stellar example of post-war modernism was renovated and expanded in 2000 by AIA award-winning architect Russell Buchanan, adding a master bedroom suite, a pool house, and a three-car garage.

The additions, much like how the home connects with the park-like setting that surrounds it, are seamless. The attention to detail is incredible, making it an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

To many, this home, with its beautiful carpentry and huge walls of floor-to-ceiling picture windows, is a dream house. “It is rare to find a midcentury design on such a grand scale,” notes David Griffin, who is listing 11550 Wander Lane for $2.75 million. “This home is around 5,700 square feet, and that doesn’t include the guesthouse/cabana.”

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Join Dallas Architecture Forum members for an afternoon of inspired design as they celebrate 20 years of lively and enlightening dialogue. The Design Dialogues @20 and Members Reception kicks off Sunday at 2 p.m. But first things first: Registration for this event ends tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17. Tickets are free, but you must hurry! Contact jean@dallasarchitectureforum.org to reserve your space.

Not a member yet?  Join The Forum and request your reservation to be able to attend this great event.

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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.

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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.

Jump to find out how you can win!

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The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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The architect-designed contemporary townhome at 3715 Colvin Ct. in Oak Lawn is one of five featured open houses this week.

If the first days of summer have you reveling in real estate, then don’t miss these five Dallas open houses this weekend. We’ve got an insider’s look at some seriously hot DFW properties as part of our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, we’re looking at homes that range from $479K to $1.095M, including an architect-designed new Oak Lawn townhome, a historic Munger Place Colonial, and a newer Tudor with almost 5,000 square feet, located right next to Lakewood Country Club in East Dallas. All five are fabulous.

 

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