Lake Highlands EstatesHappy Thanksgiving! Before you begin your holiday feasting, feast your eyes on our Thursday Three Hundred, a cul-de-sac cutie in Lake Highlands Estates.

The home at 9723 Lanward Cir., near Walnut Hill Lane and Plano Road, is a 4-2 with 1,934 square feet, built in 1960. It’s been recently renovated with lots of bells and whistles, including big kitchen and bathroom renovations. Lake Highlands EstatesThis home is zoned for Wallace Elementary, which earns a 7 out of 10 from GreatSchools.org. This is a big selling point for families looking in this area.

It was listed Nov. 12 by Kerry Slaughter with Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $375,000, reduced on the 20th to $365,000.

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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Summer Riggins took an outdated cottage in East Dallas and transformed it into a contemporary, elegant haven with luxe features and a custom-build feel.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.
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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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This bland kitchen didn’t fit the homeowners personalities at all, but because of great timing and flawless execution, Bruce Graf was able to transform it into a stylish space perfect for holiday entertaining.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

It’s time to start thinking about the holiday season, and whether your kitchen and living areas are ready to play host. We met up with Bruce Graf, a home remodeler with 30-plus years of experience. He explains why July is the perfect month to start planning your home remodel project, so that you can gather family in your newly renovated kitchen by the holidays.

CandysDirt.com: Why is July a great month for planning a remodel?
Bruce Graf: Quite simply because the quality design process takes several weeks. By starting in July, it’s probable that your actual remodel could begin in September and be finished by November.

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Summer Cocktail Pitcher

There are two great events going on this week for those who are keen on kitchens and design.

The first is a fantastic happy hour presentation by Sub Zero/Wolf on “Summertime Eats.” The event, which starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the Capital Distributing Stemmons Freeway showroom, will showcase convection steam ovens and Sub Zero/Wolf appliances as well as the work of sous chef Rebecca Osborn. You can RSVP to jennifer@capitaldistributing.com.

This weekend, head to the Design District for Scott + Cooner’s sidewalk sale. The sale, which runs Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21 only, will feature lighting, furniture, and accessories from both Scott + Cooner and McGannon. Don’t miss an opportuninty to save bundles! The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. McGannon will also host an open house from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 19.

Stay tuned to more great summer events throughout North Texas on CandysDirt.com!