By David Preziosi, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

You’ve probably passed by this house a thousand times and wondered what it was like inside. The 1965 Shwiff house commands the corner of Yamini and Chicot with its series of white segmental-arched vaulted clerestory roofs reaching out in all directions.

The house is a standout, and not just because of the distinctive roofline, though it is one of the home’s main hallmarks.

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The McDermott House is one of five modern masterpieces on the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour on Oct. 26. 

By Carol Roark, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

In July 1953 Margaret and Eugene McDermott bought a property across the street from Highland Park Town Hall. Befitting his status as the Chairman of Texas Instruments, the couple needed a residence that could not only house their family, but offer space for them to entertain. 

Landscape architects Marie and Arthur Berger, who were formulating plans for the property, suggested that the McDermotts use architect Scott Lyons to design their home. Lyons had, with his mentor and partner O’Neil Ford, designed a house for the Bergers in 1952. 

Scott Lyons’ plans for the McDermotts spoke to their appreciation of color as well as to their insistence on elegance and quality.

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One of the most highly anticipated home tours in Dallas, the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes boasts a curated collection of modern homes selected by architects, and it’s back for year lucky 13. This time, though, the two-day tour will highlight both newly built and renovated homes and includes a VIP ticket option that gets you into the Premier Party home during select hours, a gorgeous modern from M. Gooden Design, as well as the Nov. 2-3 tour. 

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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As East Dallas becomes increasingly dense, it has also become increasingly modern, with several architects finding an opportunity to leave there mark on rapidly redeveloping areas. One such enclave, East Village’s Deere Park, has become a magnet for modern architecture, some of which is both beautifully designed and exceptionally livable. 

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a listing from David Griffin of his eponymous brokerage, David Griffin & Co. Realtors.

“This home is located in a neighborhood of many distinguished architect-designed modern townhomes,” Griffin said. “The two-story floor plan is among the best I’ve ever seen.”

That’s high praise from a Realtor with the kind of experience that Griffin can claim.

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When the weather is mild, the first thought that comes to mind is having a few great friends over for dinner al fresco and beverages on ice. If you gravitate toward outdoor entertaining, then you’ll likely find yourself attracted to this gorgeous Belmont Park modern from David Griffin and Company Realtor Brandon Stewart

Lest you think that the beauty of this Belmont Park modern is only on the outside, just wait until you see the stunning interiors of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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Every time they do a custom home, for Melissa and Scott Powell — the power couple behind New Leaf Custom Homes — it’s a chance to make someone’s dream a reality. 

“With custom home building, almost everybody has a learning curve,” Melissa said as we enjoyed the early spring sunlight pouring through the wall of windows in her family’s modern home. “A lot of it is accommodating ideas from clients, and then finding the right craftsman or subcontractor to do those creative, edgy things.” 

That’s a common theme for New Leaf Custom Homes — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — and the Powells. The brand is so client-focused that each home is a completely new vision and the results are a category by themselves. 

But the family’s personal home, which is definitely worth the shuttle ride during this weekend’s White Rock Home Tour, was an exercise in stepping out of their comfort zone.

Not only did Scott and Melissa build their dream home, but they did it in a way that was easy on the environment without sacrificing style. It’s definitely an inspiration, from the suspended-slab foundation to the floor-to-ceiling windows to the reclaimed wood siding to the solar panel array. 

You can still score your tickets for this weekend’s tour, which not only features the Powells’ personal home on Forest Trail, but another beautiful build from New Leaf on the same street. 

The 14th annual White Rock Home Tour is this weekend, April 27-28, and tour-goers will get a close-up look at two Midcentury Modern homes and five new modern homes, each of which offers can’t miss details and design. Discounted early bird tickets are on sale now for $15 each at whiterockhometour.org. During tour weekend, tickets are $20 each and will be on sale at Hexter Elementary (9720 Waterview Rd.) starting at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., as well as each tour home from noon to 4:45 p.m. (tour closes at 5 p.m. sharp). All proceeds from the 14th annual White Rock Home Tour benefit DISD’s Hexter Elementary. The 2018 WRHT raised $61,400 for students and teachers.

You can also try your luck to win a pair of tickets from CandysDirt.com — the official media sponsor of this year’s tour. Keep reading for more!

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Clean lines, top-of-the-line finishes, and a prime location are all part of the deal at this stunning property. The newly completed, single-family attached home is steps away from the Katy Trail in the coveted Northern Hills neighborhood. Near the heart of Knox/Henderson, you will be minutes away from shopping for clothes, gifts, and the home alike, while popular restaurants serve relaxing weekend brunch or a chic date-night dinner. 

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