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 Why Mid-Century Modern Homes Are So Popular

by Karl Kennedy of projectortop.com

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 Following the Second World War, from the middle 1940’s to the late 1960’s, a new style of home became popular, the Mid-Century Modern. Today, this style of home is still popular and sought after due to its minimalist look, yet still emphasizing functionality. Owning one of these homes is like living in a time capsule when a black and white TV, a new invention called the microwave oven, and Barbie dolls were the things to own.

 Must Have Architectural Features to be Considered Mid-Century Modern

Understated and Geometric – No more overstuffed furniture and overfilled rooms. Clean lines, lots of windows (floor to ceiling preferably), and the use of natural…

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Things Not To Overlook When Home Searching

 by Karl Kennedy of projectortop.com

When searching for a house to purchase, be careful not to fall too fast for the home that looks like “the one.”  Quite often, heavily edited pictures are the first thing a person sees when home searching online for what’s available in his or her desired area.  These pictures are usually accompanied by a short blurb that explains how amazing the home is or how it could be customized to perfection for whoever the buyer is after doing some work on it.

 It’s essential to go with a game plan if a property wows enough to visit in-person.  Arrive with questions for the seller’s agent and don’t be afraid to ask more during the tour. Give each room a detailed inspection. …

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by Karl Kennedy of projectortop.com

Mid-Century Modern Look

For most people, mid-century modern design -- which marks home and office trends from the 1950s to the late 1960s -- triggers good memories and positive energy. The style, which features sleek lines and a sense of unclutteredness, has never really gone out of style. However, in these troubling times, heads are turning back to this functional, nostalgic look.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to bring that mid-century modern feel to your home:

Keep it Practical

The idea is practicality. Furniture should be functional and have a minimal, clean,“modern” look. It should take up very little space, and not give off a feeling of being wasteful.

Use Mid-Century Materials

Plastic and wood…

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by Matt Lee of Innovative Building Materials

 

Mid-century interior design has become popular as of late, and there’s no shortage of trends and ideas to experiment with when it comes to implementing this unique style into your home. If you’ve just moved into a new home or you simply want to give yours an interior makeover, let’s go over a few of the most popular trends right now in mid-century interior design.

1. Seamless Design

One of the defining features of mid-century design is its simplicity. Seamless surfaces are an embodiment of this ideal, and acrylic solid surfaces are the perfect way to implement it. Acrylic solid surfaces come in a variety of styles and colors so you can match them to whatever kind of theme you have going…

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Texas ModernPhoto courtesy Charles Davis Smith, FAIA

Most people don’t realize our state, and particularly our city has an abundance of award-winning Texas Modern homes.

When you think about it, the rise of this style is not surprising. We are known for bigger and better, but we are also known for innovation and common sense. The result is a unique Texas residential architectural style.

Photography by Cagle Art, LLC

Dallas Architect David Williams is considered by most to be the pioneer of the Texas Modern movement, with O’Neill Ford coming along under his wing. These two men set the stage in the 1920s and ’30s for what we see today. The use of native Texas materials combined with the practical aspects of ranch construction made sense.…

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Corona  

What a different world we live in today. Who would have thought most of us would be working from home, wearing masks in public, and hoarding toilet paper and disinfectants? Welcome to 2020 and our new reality.

So what does all of this virus stuff mean for DFW real estate? I'm seeing less showings on listings, but believe it or not people are still buying homes. Agents have gotten creative to try an minimize exposure for buyers and sellers. We're using facetime, zoom, videos, and 3d virtual tours.

Yes sales have slowed, but I'm hopeful it's more of a temporary slowdown than a long term shift. According to this article - D-FW’s Home Market Ranked Among Least at Risk From COVID-19 by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas and Fort Worth markets are…

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Eddie Maestri's round house on the lake

Pour yourself a martini and settle into a luscious leather Eames lounge chair for this week’s High Caliber Home sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, an architect-owned MCM lakehouse listed by Brandon Stewart of David Griffin and Company.

Ladies and gents, this is architect Eddie Maestri’s round house on the water, 136 Peninsula Point Terrace on Cedar Creek Lake.

Often featured in local publications and on prestigious home tours, this three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,608-square-foot home is a completely remodeled work of art.

When Maestri first spotted this lake home back in 2015, its mid-mod style clearly stood apart from the cottages and A-frames you’d find lining the lakeshore in Mabank, Texas. He replaced…

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You don’t see homes designed by Dallas midcentury architect Arch Swank come on the market very often because they tend to stay in the family for generations, but if our research serves us right, we found a previously undiscovered Swank home on Eastlawn Drive in Northwest Dallas. This four-bedroom, three-bath home with 3,571-square-feet in Northway Hills is listed by Brandon Stewart of David Griffin & Company for $695,000.

When we took a look at the 1953-built midcentury modern home, our Spidey Senses started tingling when we get the notion an architect had a hand in this home. A deep search of the address pulled up the University of Texas’ collection of 323 Swank projects and blueprints, including this address for a…

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Our home is now up and running as an AirBnB rental.  Book your holiday stay now!

Set in a quiet enclave of mid-century modern homes, this home offers the best of both worlds; the character of mid-century modern design w/ today's in-demand amenities. Taken to the studs in 2013, the home was renovated & expanded to include a large master suite, two living areas, home office, & multiple exterior entertainment spaces. With its large expanses of glass and natural light, come and enjoy the warmth and serenity at our tasteful and classic home.

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I'm honored to be named "D Best" and "D Top Producer" again this year for selling greater than 10 million dollars in real estate each year. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients.  You guys are the best!

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