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The master bathroom at Kevin and Brad Twitty’s house. They transformed a 1970’s ranch into an elegant, fun space with original character and modern looks and function.

Have you ever wondered if interior designers live in homes as fabulous as the ones they create?

One of our favorite designers, Kevin Twitty of IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco, is giving us a sneak peek into his soon-to-be-listed house, and showing us before-and-after photos of the 1970s ranch he and his partner Brad bought three years ago. As you can see, Kevin and Brad have made exactly the kind of stylish, elegant, fun space you would expect of one of most creative designers in Dallas and his significant other.kevin twitty BEFORE living roomLocated at 9701 Vista Oaks Dr., this is a 3,314-square-foot home in Town Creek, near Royal Lane and Abrams Road (located in Richardson ISD). The couple made a conscience effort to enhance the charm that was already in the home by preserving original stonework and natural cedar in the great room atrium, master bath atrium, and covered outdoor patio.

“It’s amazing how the home’s original character can looks so fresh when you modernize the elements around it,” Kevin said.

Their partnership was perfect for creating this space—Kevin is an interior designer and very much about the creative inspiration; Brad is a project manager at an IT consulting firm and focused on the function side of things. Together, they made magic in this renovation.

This property will be listed Wednesday by Ray Mach of Raymond Leon & Associates for $524,900, and there is an open house Sunday, April 24, from 12 – 2 p.m.

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Editor’s note: This piece originally ran March 24, 2015, and highlights the gorgeous work of Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. We subsequently wrote a profile of them here and featured another renovation of theirs here.

If you want to see what an incredible renovtion can do for a house, look no further than the 1960s ranch at 5823 Canterview Dr.

Located near N. Jim Miller Road and Interstate 30 in the Buckner Terrace neighborhood, this 3-3 underwent massive changes during the past six months. When Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton bought it, the property had been vacant for five years and was a total wreck—they called it “the zombie house.” The duo have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company, Barton-Graham Home&Design Firm.

Graham and Barton are both general contractors and interior decorators and they didn’t miss an inch in this reno. Their efforts paid off: This house went on the market March 13 and was under contract three days later, for the highest price-per-square-foot in the area. It is listed by Graham at William Davis Realty for $290,000.

The duo showed me some “before” pictures of this house and they are scary! It makes me appreciate their work all the more.

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Webster Grove HomeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a home in Northwest Dallas that went from cluttered and cramped to contemporary and classy in a substantial recent renovation.

The Webster Grove house at 3233 Dothan Ln., near Royal and Webb Chapel lanes, was an outdated ranch, built in 1961 and looking worn. It’s a 3-2 with 1,625 square feet, but felt smaller.

New owners bought the house in May and gave it an overhaul, from a new roof and hardscape work, to opening up the floorplan inside and adding stylish amenities that make it stand out. It has many similarities to a new-build, but with the benefits of being in an established neighborhood.3233 Dothan exterior beforeOn the outside, only nice thing about the curb appeal used to be those irises (I do hope they dug them up and replanted them elsewhere). Now, a new sidewalk, painted brick facade, new columns on the front porch, and new windows give the place a clean, fresh look. When the landscaping fills in, it will be even better.

It was listed Friday by Danny Scott with Watermark Real Estate Group for $294,900.

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Sparkman Club-Highland NorthSometimes, house flips get a bad rap. But many flippers make smart choices that turn outdated properties into warm, welcoming homes with lot of amenities.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is just such a example. Located in Northwest Dallas at 3506 Warick Dr., near Royal and Marsh lanes, the house sold on Sept. 12, and went back on the market Oct. 2. It was a quick flip, and the owners did a great job in that time updating the space. The biggest winners are the kitchen, fireplace, and backyard, all of which shine now. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos later in this post to see the difference.)

The property is located in Highland North, and is included in the Sparkman Club HOA annexed area, which offers swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball area, and a well-maintained playground for families. Sparkman Club-Highland NorthThis is a 3-2 built in 1957 with 1,796 square feet, a one-story sitting on a corner lot with mature pecan and oak trees. It was listed a week ago for $369,000 by Donna Gordon at Dorsey Realty Group

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Summer Riggins took an outdated cottage in East Dallas and transformed it into a contemporary, elegant haven with luxe features and a custom-build feel. Photo: MetroplexHD

Two weeks ago, an East Dallas property in Old Lake Highlands went on the market and was featured as the CandysDirt Thursday Three Hundred. It caught our eye with its custom-build features; cohesive, elegant look; and Midcentury vibe.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, and people swooned over the details of this big renovation that turned a dated cottage into a chic, welcoming home. (It also went under contract in 12 days, proving our readers have great taste!)

The woman behind the transformation of 561 Classen Dr. is Summer Riggins, a Dallas-area pharmaceutical rep who is self-taught and does this work in her free time.
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Photo: MetroplexHD

After you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, take a moment to look through the before-and-after photos of this house to appreciate the scale of the reno that Riggins undertook. This was not just paint and floors: Riggins reimagined almost every area and made careful changes to reflect a California Midcentury Modern ranch aesthetic, honed over years of study and practice on multiple smaller projects. The Classen house is almost unrecognizable from its pre-renovation state.

Riggins has been on the path to “renovation virtuoso” since childhood.

“While I haven’t completed a [complete] home renovation prior to this one, I did grow up in a household where it wasn’t uncommon to come home from school and find an exterior wall knocked down, with a smile across my mom’s face and a directive we would be rebuilding it as a family,” she said.

Riggins once got sent to her room for not properly drawing layouts for the home she wanted to build one day.

“I truly wanted to be an architect and I’ve always had visions of living spaces running through my head,” she said. “I guess I thought everyone else did, too.”

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The curb appeal on this North Oak Cliff flip went from boring and bland to modern and appealing.

For fans of home renovation television shows, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred will have a satisfying feel.

The house at 810 W. 12th St. has a great location, near Jefferson and Zang in North Oak Cliff, but was pretty much a dump when it sold in July for $93,000.

A clever investor swooped in, made massive changes and improvements, and it was listed eight days ago by Jesse Flores with JP & Associates, Realtors Frisco for $282,000.north oak cliff flipAs you’ll see from the “before” photos throughout this post, the place is hardly recognizable from its former state. It went from pitiful to pristine in just under three months.

The house has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 1,938 square feet on two stories. The listing in July called it a “great investor’s opportunity,” and from the looks of the reno, they were correct. It has a clean, open feel, compared to cramped, dark, and dirty before. The reno doesn’t adhere to any one particular style, but all the elements work together to create a pleasant, inviting space.

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All photos of renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham are real estate renaissance men, working their magic in East Dallas homes.

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation in April. Photo: Graham and Barton

The pair have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. They’re both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor who in the process of earning his broker’s license. They’re all set up to offer comprehensive services to clients.

We’ve featured their phenomenal work here and here, and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is their newest renovation at 6229 N. Jim Miller Rd.

This house is in Buckner Terrace, specifically in the Lakeland Hills neighborhood, near John West and Buckner Boulevard. It is 1,860 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms (they added a sleek powder room).

If you need to be convinced of their talent, take a look at the before-and-after photos throughout this post. It went from “mawmaw” to mod in a whirlwind 11-week renovation. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the pair got married last week and completed this reno in the midst of planning a wedding! (Huge congratulations from us at CandysDirt!)

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6229 N. Jim Miller Rd. EXTERIOR BEFORE BNow, about the neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with Buckner Terrace, you should be: the real estate there is hot: Realtor Vince Leibowitz with LTZ & Co. Real Estate identified it as one of the city’s top emerging areas last year. In part, it was for access to White Rock Lake, the Arboretum, and other East Dallas awesomeness.

The neighborhood is full of pleasant one-story pier-and-beam houses built in the 1960s and 1970s. The lots tend to be bigger and price tags smaller than what you’d find in many other parts of East Dallas.

“It’s crazy to me that you can live within a mile or two from the lake and the Dallas Arboretum and buy a house in this price range,” said Barton. “In other parts of the city, this would be a $500,000-plus property.”

Graham listed the house yesterday for $325,000.

“We’re having an open house on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and I hope we will be reviewing offers that evening,” said Graham.

I think there’s a good chance they might see an offer before that, if past successes are an indication of their popularity with buyers. One of their Buckner Terrace renos went under contract in three days earlier this year!

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Merriman Park dallasThe increasing property values in East Dallas’ Merriman Park neighborhood are the stuff of happy homeowners.

The house at 6852 Freemont St., our Thursday Three Hundred, is a totally renovated midcentury with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,473 square feet, listed last week by Jennifer Friedman Ackerman with Virginia Cook, Realtors for $399,900, or $162 per square foot.

It was last sold in 2011 for $249,900, or $113 per square foot. That’s big appreciation in four years! 6852 Freemont A BEFOREThis “before” shot of the exterior gives you an idea of the transformation this house has undergone. Hardly looks like the same place. Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes, which include opening up the rooms, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and contemporary, stylish touches everywhere.

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