There is a town in Colorado — Trinidad — which is known as the sex-change capital of the world. If there were a town where we could send ordinary ranch homes to have major changes on the order of a sex change, it would be, I guess, Trinidad. I could not believe my eyes when I saw 6015 Northaven Road this weekend. I have been watching this house, because whenever I see a home undergoing a major change and not being torn down, it piques my interest. Judging from this builder, Kettering Ideas’ other projects, I could hardly wait to see what he cooked up on a one-half acre lot just two houses off of Preston.

Let’s put it this way: I am still fanning myself.

The original home was just over 2500 square feet, your typical 1950’s ranch. Kettering came in and created a 5 bedroom home with 5 and a half baths and double two-car garages. Three bedrooms, all with beautiful full baths and huge closets, were put upstairs over the garage and assessible by a single staircase from the game room. The entire east wing of the home was turned into a Master Spa suite similar to ones I’ve seen in $5 million dollar homes. There is also a guest room across from the master.

The entrance takes you to a living room, dining room, and gorgeous open kitchen in the softest hues of aqua with clear-stained white maple cabinets. The kitchen is amazingly organized: Soapstone counters and farm & veggie sink, quartz backsplash, stainless appliances including two dishwashers, one a drawer unit for glasses, gorgeous KitchenAid gas range. A morning room is tucked behind the kitchen, loaded with afternoon sunlight and built-ins. Off the back family room with wet bar and wine storage is a beautiful laundry room and what Kettering calls an “owners’ foyer” — cubbies and counters to drop all the crud you inevitably carry in from the house. Even the garage has a thoughtful air-conditioned storage closet and green-built features everywhere: spray foam insulation, top-grade windows.

Then there is the master suite. Overlooking the back yard, covered porch and outdoor kitchen is a huge master with “illumination” fireplace, indulgent bath including a free-standing soaker tub nestled against a wall of end cut maple tiles. Behind this is an endless, white carrera marble “car-wash” or walk through shower with multiple sprayers. Two huge master closets, and her’s has a Euro stack unit in one corner for laundry.

This home is bursting with details — from the duo pull-out recycling drawers to the floor-to-ceiling Tureen fireplace. Agent Jacqui Bloomquist tells me more than 160 people turned out to see the home last weekend and interest was enormous. It will be open again this Sunday, and I do think a contract is in the very near future. The home is amazing and does not over-power the tidy ranch homes around it. In fact, Kettering is becoming my new obsession as he progresses on these ranch remodels. No doubt remodeling is on the rise, with new home building at it’s lowest since the 60’s. If they all end up as gorgeous as this home, well then mission accomplished! $1,195,000 asking price… what do you think???

Owner's foyer

Kate and Wills are on their way to wedded bliss, but you could be married to the home of your deepest, wildest mid century modern dreams. First up: o la la location: .66 acres of lush greenery in East Dallas (120 wide by 236 deep) that backs up to a protected land site that will never be developed. So you will never have PITA neighbors back there, just rabbits and all the other critters of the field. You will also get that “estate-feel” without actually owning an estate.

Walk in and you see the master bedroom right in front, which is a little weird but then when you realize it’s to preserve a view of the lake, makes total sense. Breathtaking views of downtown Dallas skyline over White Rock Lake are out your front window. Built in 1960, designed by architect Donald Speck, the gleaming original terrazzo floors he specified remain in pristine condition. Gourmet kitchen has been updated with glass ceiling in the kitchen, bird‚Äôs eye maple cabinets, top shelf stainless appliances, composite and stainless counters, ELAN touch screen home controls, and a boatload of extensive updates. Did I tell you 5700 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths? Did I tell you how much… or perhaps I should say, how little: $1,049,000 and I hear the sellers are very motivated! Listing agent is a dynamic young agent named Subhi Gharbieh, who is working with that other young dynamo, Clay Stapp. And when I say young, Subhi is a mere 22 year old pup. But the kid’s been selling homes since he was 18.

9729 Van Dyke Road was featured in the 2001 AIA Dallas Guide to Architecture. Really, it’s an East Dallas treasure.