white rock cottage

There are a fair number of small houses in East Dallas near White Rock Lake. Many of them were built in the 1950s and 1960s, when closets were tiny, floorplans were divided up with lots of walls, and families were perfectly happy with just one bathroom.

As homeowners renovate some of these houses, they’re rethinking the use of space. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred exemplifies smart reno choices that make the most of the small footprint of a midcentury house.

The White Rock cottage at 6464 Fisher Rd. near Northwest Highway and Abrams Road measures a modest 1,124 square feet. But nothing feels cramped or confined in the house. Owner and listing agent April McGowan at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office took the house to the studs in 2013 and reimagined a bright, modern interior. The living room and kitchen share one open space that’s multifunctional and well conceived. She tore apart the outdated bathroom and added a second, and they’re both luxe: think Carrera marble floors and a frameless shower with freestanding soaker tub.

Because of its small size, this house will naturally have lower energy bills than larger builds. But McGowan took that a step further, installing low-E windows, new insulation, new electrical wiring, and a tankless water heater to make monthly bills feel like pocket change.

Oh, and did I mention it is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary? I predict this house, newly listed for $269,000, will go fast.

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Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton renovated an East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. that went under contract in three days. Photo: Casey Barton

Casey Barton (left) and Raymond Graham renovated the East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. over six months and it went under contract in just three days. The person behind a declined offer for that property turned around and made an offer on another house they’re renovating nearby, which is still a worksite. All photos: Barton & Graham

In last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we wrote about a gorgeous East Dallas house in Phenomenal Buckner Terrace Reno Goes Under Contract in Three Days.

The renovation was a masterpiece created by Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham, who have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm.

Their work itself is inspiring, but when they showed me before-and-after photos of the Buckner Terrace property and others they’ve renovated, I decided they might be more like magicians than renovators.

East Dallas house

East Dallas house

The kitchen at 5823 Canterview Dr. was an outdated, dungeon-like galley. Barton and Graham opened it up into the former breakfast area, adding a breakfast bar, wine storage, built-in desk, and end shelves, and cabinetry built for the house.

Barton and Graham are both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor and is getting his broker’s license in May, so they’ve got all their bases covered to offer comprehensive services to clients. They met in 2002 when they lived in the same apartment complex and after three renos together, including one for Barton’s mother, they decided to do it for a living.

“Our first remodel was in 2008 on a little cottage off Henderson on Bonita,” Graham said. “We did a great job and our hard work paid off, and despite the supposed crash of the housing market, we sold it and made a great profit. We knew that if we could be successful on our first renovation in a supposed bad market, then this is what we were meant to do.”

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Canterview A

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. (Check back next week for a full profile of Graham and Barton, including before-and-after photos from this house and others they’ve renovated in East Dallas. You won’t be disappointed!)

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7022 Pasadena A

When Linda and Stephan Martiniere relocated to Dallas from Chicago in 2009, they were looking for something magical in a Texas home. Deep in the heart of Lakewood on a street with rolling hills and mature trees, these two artists found what they were looking for at 7022 Pasadena Ave.

The 4-4 had gorgeous architectural detail throughout its 4,074 square feet, but the couple wanted to add their own touch to the space. Stephan immigrated to the U.S. from France some 30 years ago and the Martinieres have spent much time in that country, where they admired the feel of the old houses.

“When we saw this house, which was spectacular, we knew it was the home we were searching for—it’s not like any other part of Dallas,” Linda said. “We adored the incredible detail and workmanship of the house, the creative use of space, and we knew it would feed us creatively, and yet provide us with a great deal of peace and privacy.”

7022 Pasadena BLinda is the daughter of an interior designer and has renovated four other homes, so it was clear to her what the house could become with a redesign in a French farmhouse style. Part of that meant editing design choices made by a previous owner. For example, some rooms in the house were quite unfinished, while others had every detail imaginable, down to hand-carved door handles.

“The challenge was to make a more functional space, and yet also to create a harmonious statement with the home,” she said. “My vision was to let this home unfold itself and lead you seamlessly from room to room, with surprises at every turn, but is never jarring. I wanted to take the home to a place of slightly understated, old-world elegance, an homage to the stunning architectural detail of the existing home.”

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823 Lake Terrace A

Photo: Shoot2Sell

That old saying about good things coming in small packages can be hard to reconcile with the “bigger-is-better” mentality that often rules Texas real estate.

But it’s an easy fit in today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, a cozy midcentury ranchette in East Dallas at 823 Lake Terrace Dr. With 1,490 square feet and a great layout, this 2-2 packs a powerful punch in its modest footprint. It is newly listed by Kerry Slaughter at Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $279,900.

823 Lake Terrace B

Built in 1954, this midcentury house has a remodeled kitchen and baths, refinished original hardwoods, new windows, and totally charming curb appeal. It is located near Peavy Road and E. Lake Highlands Drive, walking distance to White Rock Lake. There’s so much to like, from the open-concept floorplan to overall flow of the house.

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

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Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

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When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

Houzz Capital Dist 14 16

By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

Houzz Capital Dist 14 7

Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

Houzz Capital Dist 14 40

When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.