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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Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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The Lake Highlands Home Tour features a 2013-built Tom Greico design. (Photos: Property Snappers)

There are as many reasons to love Lake Highlands as there are people who live in this East Dallas neighborhood, and the annual Lake Highlands Home Tour will show off a wonderful cross-section of these beautiful houses and the families who treasure the neighborhood. The March 30 event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will showcase seven incredible specimens of architectural diversity you can explore, including an incredible modern home designed by the late, much-loved builder Tom Greico.

If you don’t yet have your tickets, we’re here to offer an inside look at the tour that will have you scrambling for your credit card number. And if that’s not enough, make room in your schedule for the auction benefit that evening at Oak Highlands brewery from 7 to 10 p.m., with food and beer from Dog Haus Biergarten and wind from WineShop at Home. You can snag an all-inclusive ticket to both the tour and auction for $45, or you can enjoy just the tour, which is priced at $20 per person with complimentary drinks served at each tour stop. Proceeds from the tour go to the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA, which supports programming at Lake Highlands-area schools.

You can buy tickets here, or you can try your luck here at CandysDirt.com as we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to this home tour next week! Stay tuned!

For a sneak peek at the seven incredible homes on this year’s tour, jump!

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White Rock Home Tour

This unique modern home on Loving Avenue in Lakewood is one of the seven incredible homes on the 14th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

The 14th annual White Rock Home Tour is one for the record books, and CandysDirt.com — the official media sponsor of this year’s tour — is giving you an exclusive first look at the seven incredible modern homes selected for the annual event. Slated for the weekend of April 27-28, tour-goers 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.  

For the first time in the tour’s history, ticket holders will get a gander at a work-in-progress — specifically, a delicious modern design by architect Cliff Welch in Old Lake Highlands. Patrons will be able to walk through the large home before construction is complete. Welch, as well as builder Clay Robinson, will be on hand to talk about the home. Two of the newer builds on this year’s home tour are designs by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder New Leaf Custom Homes, both of which are located on Forest Trail just behind Flagpole Hill. A sexy design from A. GRUPPO architect Thad Reeves is worth the modest ticket price, too.

“Each of our tour homes offers something unique for our guests,” said White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black. We couldn’t agree more! 

New Leaf Custom Homes will have two of their builds on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, both of which are on Forest Trail in the White Rock Valley neighborhood.

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It seems as if Joshua Nimmo will become something akin to Charles Dilbeck one day. The award-winning modernist architect is seeding the Dallas landscape with his designs, colonizing some transitioning areas of the city much like Dilbeck brought his eclectic designs to East Dallas, Oak Cliff, and beyond. However, with Nimmo’s sleek architecture, the placemaking effect is one that offers a deep, cleansing breath to areas that have suffered from decades of blight and neglect. 

As listing agent Robert Kucharski categorizes his Nimmo-designed listing at 2207 Ashby, the home is efficient by design, making use of every inch of space. This is a High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans that will lower your blood pressure. If you’ve recently KonMari’d your home and are looking for a dwelling that “sparks joy,” this is definitely inspiration for that, though as Kucharski notes, it’s already under contract.

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It wasn’t too long ago when our own columnist Jon Anderson lamented the homogeneity of our traditional architecture, which runs profligate in North Texas suburbs. A hodge-podge of styles with features plucked from the comfort food of American residential architecture, Anderson wondered why we couldn’t simply bring back a modern aesthetic to newly built residential architecture. 
 
Well, we can, and we have. That’s evident in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This 2013-built modern at 5403 Bradford Drive takes a cue from midcentury modern design, but strikes out on its own with unique materials, bold colors, and a spacious, open floor plan that astounds. It’s a fabulous listing in the Oak Lawn Heights (near the Medical District) neighborhood.
 
“The home so appropriately represents midcentury modern architecture that many people think it is an older home that has been renovated,” said listing agent Don Neilson of David Griffin & Company Realtors.   

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I may be in the minority on this view, but it thrills me to see beautiful, well-done, modern and contemporary homes dotting the landscapes that are awash in old ranches and clapboard homes. It adds texture to a neighborhood, showing how our collective tastes have evolved over time. Of course, North Oak Cliff has just recently become Ground Zero for new construction, with East Kessler becoming a hot spot for well-known architects. Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is one such high-style home with a fantastic architectural pedigree.

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