When you travel to Tuscany, you cannot help but fall in love with the lifestyle, the landscape, and the architecture. It never leaves your soul. If you’re very lucky, you can take the latter two elements and recreate them. That is what the owners of 4655 Meadowood Road did, and they accomplished it in my opinion. They created a perfect Italian villa in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, when the photos first rolled across my desktop, I was certain someone had sent me an Italian SecondShelters.com property for consideration. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Italy, and I’ve never seen anyone get the look and feel quite so right before. (more…)

Luxury Outdoor Spaces | CandysDirt.com

The estate at 10620 Strait Ln. in Dallas features exceptional luxury outdoor living spaces.

Summer in Texas gets a bad rap. But with the right outdoor living areas, you can enjoy hot weather in style and comfort, whether it’s an evening soirée with your friends under the big Texas sky, or a casual afternoon lounging by the pool. These kinds of properties offer incredible options that make every moment spent outdoors a pleasure. 

We’ve found three properties with stunningly beautiful luxury outdoor spaces. Think covered patio kitchens, arching shade trees, sparkling swimming pools, lush gardens, manicured landscaping, and water features. Pair these with some of Dallas’ finest houses — and neighborhoods — and you’ve got a recipe for loving summer! 

 

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Midcentury Modern 7105 Hillgreen Dr. 1
Finding a secluded 1956 midcentury modern house on almost an acre of land, steps away from White Rock Lake, and for only $1.499 million is remarkable. Homes like 7105 Hillgreen Drive rarely hit the market, because owners  of midcentury moderns seldom move. In fact, this classic  home has only had three owners including noted architect Larry Sauer who designed the World Bank “J” Building, the Cato Institute, and the National Archives ll.

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O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photography courtesy of Jennifer McNeil Baker

 

Frankly, we don’t know how they do it. Heading into their 40th year, the organizers of the Lakewood Home Tour always find proud homeowners willing to share their gorgeous and often architecturally significant houses with the public. In doing so they have raised millions of dollars since 1976, all benefitting local schools. This year, six homes ranging from brand new builds to historic architectural icons are on the annual tour that takes place this weekend. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at one of those icons, 3201 Wendover.

Stay tuned: We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour later this week!

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Cliff Welch

Cliff Welch’s E. Lake Highlands Drive home featured in next weekend’s tenth annual White Rock Home Tour. Photos of house: Eric Homes

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the first one here and the second one here).

Cliff Welch

Photo: Cliff Welch

Cliff Welch, AIA, is a Dallas-based architect who champions modern architecture and designs with inspiration drawn from modern architecture of the last century.

His background includes working with the late Dallas modernist Bud Oglesby, later becoming a principal at Design International before starting his own firm, Welch Architecture, in January 2000.

One of his designs, located on East Lake Highlands Drive, is featured on the 10th annual White Rock Home Tour April 25-26. When the tour started in 2005, it showcased midcentury modern homes in the White Rock area; it has now expanded to include new construction, as well.

Welch earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has received multiple Merit and Citation Awards from the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as their coveted Young Architect of the Year award. He has also earned honors from Preservation Dallas, the Texas Society of Architects, D Home magazine, and the AIA.

Welch is the past president of the Dallas Architectural Foundation and taught graduate-level architecture classes at UT Arlington. He is a past executive board member of the Dallas Chapter AIA, also serving two years as their Commissioner of Design, and has chaired multiple chapter events, including various home tours. He also served as a design awards juror for other chapters around the state.

Welch’s White Rock Home Tour house’s elegant simplicity and open spaces incorporate modern design to create an exception environment.

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