Get out.

Those were the first words out of my mouth when I opened the photos of 10849 Clearbrook: Get. Out. An ardent fan of midcentury modern architecture, I feel a very strong mix of awe and envy when encountering a specimen like this one. You have your sports, I have my midcentury houses. Properties like this make me giddy – and it doesn’t hurt that this stop on the upcoming White Rock Home Tour is furnished to delight the eye.

Realtor Brandon Stewart has had the pleasure of selling the home twice – once in 2012, before the house underwent massive renovations and again in 2014, to the current owner and friend, Jeri Paduch. He shared with us the pre-renovation photos, which give us even more appreciation for its current state.

“This is one of my favorite midcentury moderns in the whole city,” said Stewart. As a midcentury modern home owner himself, he’s a member of the ‘takes one to know one’ club.



9536 Tarleton is one of the homes featured in the 12th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

Could this be our favorite White Rock Home Tour yet?

This perennially popular home tour takes you through a thoroughly modern East Dallas, showing off the depth and breadth of clean-lined architecture from midcentury to present day.


1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

It’s one of my favorite times of year: Home Tour Season!

Yes, spring is just brimming with great Dallas-Fort Worth home tours, and we have pulled together a helpful list of our favorites so you can get your calendar in order. From modern to historic and from  Dallas to the Park Cities to Fort Worth, there’s a home tour coming up no matter your tastes or location.

Plus, there’s a brand new home tour launching this year that will not only showcase one of our favorite architects and celebrate preservation in our region. Jump to find out more, and stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for exclusive interviews and ticket giveaways to each of these events!


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.



This gorgeous LEED Gold midcentury modern remodel will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, and you could see it for free!

Mad about moderns? Crazy about Cliff Welch? Pining to see PV14? Jabbering about Ju-Nels? You’re probably just dying to go to the White Rock Home Tour this month, aren’t you?

Of course you are! I mean, this home tour, which features modern architecture exclusively, is one of the most popular spring home tours in the region. This year’s line up not only features some of the most amazing architecture in the White Rock Lake area, but it also includes a peek inside the exclusive, revolutionary green development in Lake Highlands called Urban Reserve. If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’ll be smitten at first look!

If this sounds right up your alley, then we have a treat for you! CandysDirt.com is giving away a pair of tickets courtesy of the Hexter Elementary PTA! These gracious parents who put on this fundraiser for the 10th year going have donated two passes to their much-talked-about event and we are going to have a little contest for them!

Jump to find out how you can score two tickets to the White Rock Home Tour!


This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year's White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with Dawn Reser Schaeffer to talk about Hexter Elementary and the White Rock Home Tour. Schaeffer, who has a daughter at the Blue Ribbon Elementary school off Peavy Road, is one of the home tour organizers for the 10th annual event. It’s a great, cost-effective fundraiser for the school, she said, because the community bands together to keep costs low, and there’s a great inventory of modern homes near the neighborhood school. Parents volunteer and contribute, and homeowners vie for spots on this highly anticipated home tour, one of the few that features modern architecture exclusively.

She could not be more right, especially considering that one much-talked-about home, PV14, will be on the tour and it’s just down Peavy from Hexter. The Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate did a great feature on the designer of the home, Michael Gooden in their recent home and design issue. You can see it on the tour, though, and help support a fantastic Dallas ISD campus. Other homes include an amazing Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands that fuses masonry, wood, and glass seamlessly to provide a mid-century modern look in a new build. Parts of it have a very Tom Kundig-type feel with the exposed beam supporting the roof just outside the master bedroom.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

Another home you don’t want to miss is a beautiful LEED Gold remodel of a near-teardown midcentury on Sylvania. This home was in awful shape, but D’J Perkinson of Studio Perk brought it back to life as one of the most eco-friendly homes in Dallas. It’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the earth!Jump for a sneak peek at these two homes, as well as more information on the tour and how you can win tickets!


8643 Groveland Side Twilight

They have great views!

OK, that was a really bad joke, but it does illustrate why our Friday Four Hundred this week is an amazing property. This modern home at 8643 Groveland was just featured in the White Rock Home Tour, and is a gorgeous example of sustainable architecture and design. Not only does this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath modern masterpiece have tons of windows all around its exterior, but it takes advantage of the nature surrounding the home, allowing the homeowner to feel more connected to the outside space. It’s not a huge home at 1,550 square feet, but thanks to the windows, it feels that way. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Jude Nash for $469,000.

8517 Rolling Rock Front

It’s rare the we have a Tuesday Two Hundred that is a bona fide beauty queen, but today’s featured property was on last year’s White Rock Home Tour. This gorgeous Midcentury Modern made heads turn and faces green, and if you were one of the envious tour goers, now’s your chance to snap up this amazing home in Lakeland Hills for just $295,000.

8517 Rolling Rock Courtyard

This home is like a work of art and definitely makes a visual impact. Of course, this area is known for its architectural variation, with traditionals, moderns, and new construction all sitting side-by-side. This home is build for entertaining neighbors near and far, with two outdoor living areas, one of which greets visitors in the courtyard between the gate and the front door. Just north of Northwest Highway, this home is in the Richardson Independent School District and feeds into Lake Highlands High School.

8517 Rolling Rock Entry

Listed by the Mid-Mod Man himself, Brandon Stewart of David Griffin Realtors says this property has been completely renovated inside and out by its architect owner. Featuring Low-E windows and a host of cool green improvements, this home is both modern and vintage. While there are tons of upgrades, there’s still plenty of midcentury charm in this house, including the wall divider in the living room and the flagstone floor in the entry.

8517 Rolling Rock Living


This is a house where you’ll be glad for a high privacy fence because there’s no way you’d want to put window dressings up on these floor-to-ceiling windows. The living areas, of which there are two, feature clerestory windows that flood this home with plenty of light. The house has some amazing textural and color variations, with natural materials such as hardwoods, granite, flagstone, bamboo, and quartz all making appearances.

8517 Rolling Rock Kitchen

The kitchen is what you’d expect for a midcentury home, but I was hoping perhaps in the overhaul the galley would be opened up a bit more to the living areas. Still, the rich wood cabinetry and stainless appliances look amazing, and the huge windows around the sink help give the kitchen a more open feel.

8517 Rolling Rock Den

The bathrooms are fully modern and completely renovated. The guest bath features a linen ceramic tile, custom vanities and vessel sinks. While these finishes may seem a little cold, the honey-stained bamboo backsplash definitely warms the room up. The custom tile in the tub surround is an interesting architectural feature, too.

8517 Rolling Rock Guest Bath

The master bedroom is big and welcoming, with a huge mirror surrounded by wood on one side. I love that the owner maintained the same feel and finishes throughout the home, and integrated the bedside tables into the wall.

8517 Rolling Rock Master

The master bath, well, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. It looks like there’s no glass between the commode and the multi-head shower, only a shower curtain rod. If I’m not mistaken, these types of shower heads are a little too powerful to go without a glass surround. Unless you want to get splashed, if you have to use the loo while someone’s showering, your best bet is to go down the hall into the guest area.

8517 Rolling Rock Master Bath

I am in love with the backyard, which has a neatly bordered lawn and an expansive deck, a great combo for entertaining crowds big and small. There’s also a custom storage shed in the back that doesn’t look a bit like a shed at all.

8517 Rolling Rock Backyard

I have a feeling that this property won’t be on the market for long. What about you?