Lake Highlands Contemporary

We all have our favorite styles. It’s well known throughout the CandysDirt team that I’m the girl who cannot say “no” to a good Tudor and that I’m pretty hooked on Midcentury Modern.

What’s lesser known, is that I’m a complete nut for sleek and contemporary. Have I found the house all the cool kids will want? You bet I have. It’s today’s Monday Morning Millionaire.  (more…)

Summer Riggins

Summer Riggins took an outdated cottage in East Dallas and transformed it into a contemporary, elegant haven with luxe features and a custom-build feel.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.
561 classen exterior before

summer riggins

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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Uptown condo

Dallas architect Ron Wommack has an impressive portfolio of contemporary residential designs, including the Mitchell Lofts, Buena Vista Townhomes, and Commerce Street Townhomes.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is another of his designs in the 4111 Cole Condos, near Fitzhugh and Central Expressway. Unit 24 is 1,090 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a prime location. 4111 Cole Condos is located steps away from Katy Trail, the Knox-Henderson shopping and entertainment district, and close to West Village.

The buildings of this Uptown condo have simple, clean lines, with a white and silver-colored palette. The community features include modern landscaping, a secure, gated entrance, swimming pool, and large wood deck with lounge chairs.

Uptown condo

The interior of the condo reflects that contemporary feel, with open spaces, simple lines, and modern lighting and details. There are light-colored wood floors in the main living areas, Carrera marble counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, and modern landscaping.

There are mandatory monthly HOA fees of $308, which include access to the pool, blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, front yard maintenance, water, and sewer.

It is listed by Emily Ray Porter with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $230,000.

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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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Can a contemporary home be warm and inviting? 4130 Cochran Chapel Road certainly is!

You know me by now, right? Craftsman, yes. Tudor, no. Mid-Mod, um .. DUH!

It’s contemporary design I’ve always been on the fence about. When they are designed poorly, they are sterile, ugly spaces with oddly utilitarian — nay, institutional —finishes.

But when done well, well, they are astonishing. As my search goes on to find every house in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I can fall in love with, I’ve found a contemporary home that is warm, inviting, and just plain gorgeous. It’s 4130 Cochran Chapel, and it’s To. Die. For.

I mean, can you disagree? This one-story steel and glass work of art was built in 2002 on 3.38 lush Bluffview acres and has five bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths, and a kitchen I could live in. It’s marketed by the wonderful Patricia Massey at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

What really makes it, though, is the way the floor-to-ceiling windows bring in so much natural light that you’ll forget where all of the switches are. It’s perfect for an art aficionado or an artist, even. Another thing about this house I am in love with is the maple finishes throughout. It’s almost like the floors warm up the entire home and leave it feeling cozy, not sterile.

With this house, the lucky new owner will get three living areas, two dining areas, an exercise room with panoramic views, a media room, and a game room, and then you can hang out by the infinity pool in an outdoor room. Make no mistake, this home has plenty of room!

Of course, when you’re talking about homes like this (and budgets like mine) the old adage rings true: If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it. If you’re asking, though, sheerly out of curiosity, the price tag on this amazing contemporary home is in the neighborhood of $6.9 million.

 

To afford that, I’d have to sell a kidney and eat ramen noodles for the rest of my life.

A girl can dream, right?